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Posted 27th OctEdited by:"Brutes"
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  • Gigabyte SSD 480GB Solid State Drive (SSD) capacity: 480 GB
  • SSD form factor: 2.5"
  • Reading speed: 550 MB/s
  • Write speed: 480 MB/s
  • Data transfer rate: 6 Gbit/s
  • Component for: PC/laptop
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Hot but I need the 1tb at this price
Brutes27/10/2019 14:37

Hi, Please follow @spannerzone 's comments to decide which one to choose …Hi, Please follow @spannerzone 's comments to decide which one to choose as I haven't use it but to be honest I would've bought it right away if I already din't have lying Integtral, BX500, Lexar all around me and not touched yet .... Crucial MX500 is my first priority however, but it's bit expensive ..


@mikeypr - my own experience of SSDs - I've used Samsung Evo 830, 840, 850, Crucial MX100, MX500 and BX500, Integral P, Sandisk various and Lexar NS100.....if money no object then get Samsung Evo 860 or Crucial MX500 as they're the best performers generally speaking (especially if you work with large files a lot like video editing, gaming, image/audio editing)

For daily use of web, email, youtube, or just for older low value computers I'd use Crucial BX500, Lexar NS100, Integral P, Gigabyte or Sandisk. These are the lower priced, 'dram less cache' versions that perform well in daily chores but can slow down if moving or working with larger files. Some people tell you to avoid at all costs but they're regurgitating reviews from performance websites and probably not own personaly experience. I have the above and use them often, I use a BX500 daily for demanding work and it is fine even though some here tell you it's crap! - it is not.

Basically, pretty much any SSD will be a massive improvement compared to a mechanical hard drive and is recommended to upgrade as it's so much of an improvement.

If it's a decent spec computer that is used for demanding tasks then get the Samsung Evo 860 or Crucial MX500..... otherwise any of the others will be fine.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
Morenenth27/10/2019 10:58

i'm a n00b to this but can I simply plug this in with a USB to SATA cable …i'm a n00b to this but can I simply plug this in with a USB to SATA cable and transfer a windows OS to it -boot from that and use my existing HDD just for storing other files)?


You'll need to use some cloning software, you can't just copy and paste windows to a new drive unfortunately. Macrium Reflect is a free program to do such a thing. You'll find guides online how to clone from HD to SSD. link

However, I would suggest it's far better and easier to just load Windows 10 from scratch using a USB stick and getting the W10 installation file from Microsoft. That gets you a clean, up to date version installed without any old crap. But then you'll need to install any programs that you want.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
Morenenth27/10/2019 11:58

thanks I knew software was needed but there are so many options, I'll try …thanks I knew software was needed but there are so many options, I'll try the one you recommended would loading windows 10 from scratch would require a new licence and to then run years of windows updates and manually change settings to customise the appearance and everything?thanks


Firstly make sure you have your Windows 7 or 8 product licence key handy - it might be a sticker on the PC or use something like Magical Jellybean finder (free version) and keep the key safe!

Then have a USB stick you can wipe contents and has 8GB or more, download the media creation tool from MS here and use the "Using the tool to create installation USB media ........" - download and then create a bootable Win 10 installation USB stick.

Backup any documents, export / save any favourites, (preferably use something like Firefox or Chrome to save all to the cloud)

When you're ready and have the new SSD, remove old hard drive completely from pc, connect SSD and go into BIOS to make sure it can detect SSD, boot up with the USB drive inserted, Win10 installer should start.

Loads of guides on how to install Win 10 - best to have another laptop with you to get guides while you do this.

Using the latest download from MS means not too many updates required once it's installed, i recently installed WIn10 and updates and had laptop ready in under an hour, plus any other software to install.

If you get it all screwed up you've still got your old untouched hard drive that you could reconnect if necessary.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
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Hot but I need the 1tb at this price
Good price, heat added
i'm a n00b to this but can I simply plug this in with a USB to SATA cable and transfer a windows OS to it -boot from that and use my existing HDD just for storing other files)?
Morenenth27/10/2019 10:58

i'm a n00b to this but can I simply plug this in with a USB to SATA cable …i'm a n00b to this but can I simply plug this in with a USB to SATA cable and transfer a windows OS to it -boot from that and use my existing HDD just for storing other files)?


Two points
1. You need power. Sata is for data only.
2. You can just copy windows. The best idea is to a) connect ssd b) use cloning software to clone old to new - assuming new is equal or bigger in size c) boot from new drive d) format old drive e) move dats from new to old
Morenenth27/10/2019 10:58

i'm a n00b to this but can I simply plug this in with a USB to SATA cable …i'm a n00b to this but can I simply plug this in with a USB to SATA cable and transfer a windows OS to it -boot from that and use my existing HDD just for storing other files)?


You'll need to use some cloning software, you can't just copy and paste windows to a new drive unfortunately. Macrium Reflect is a free program to do such a thing. You'll find guides online how to clone from HD to SSD. link

However, I would suggest it's far better and easier to just load Windows 10 from scratch using a USB stick and getting the W10 installation file from Microsoft. That gets you a clean, up to date version installed without any old crap. But then you'll need to install any programs that you want.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
Morenenth27/10/2019 11:00

also Amazon suggests the following two for slightly more in price but with …also Amazon suggests the following two for slightly more in price but with more reviews- are they any better in terms of build quality ?https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07G3KRVWP/ref=psdc_949408031_t3_B07MYGTVJZhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N0TQPQB/ref=psdc_949408031_t2_B07MYGTVJZ


@Brutes

How good is this in your opinion, let's say, compared to the crucial for example? Is it worth paying a little more for that one?
spannerzone27/10/2019 11:31

You'll need to use some cloning software, you can't just copy and paste …You'll need to use some cloning software, you can't just copy and paste windows to a new drive unfortunately. Macrium Reflect is a free program to do such a thing. You'll find guides online how to clone from HD to SSD. linkHowever, I would suggest it's far better and easier to just load Windows 10 from scratch using a USB stick and getting the W10 installation file from Microsoft. That gets you a clean, up to date version installed without any old crap. But then you'll need to install any programs that you want.



thanks I knew software was needed but there are so many options, I'll try the one you recommended
would loading windows 10 from scratch would require a new licence and to then run years of windows updates and manually change settings to customise the appearance and everything?
thanks
also, if it is just to be used for the OS
would these smaller capacity cheap ones do the job?
hotukdeals.com/dea…393
Morenenth27/10/2019 12:16

also, if it is just to be used for the OSwould these smaller capacity …also, if it is just to be used for the OSwould these smaller capacity cheap ones do the job?https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/integral-p-series-5-120gb-sata-iii-25-internal-ssd-up-to-560mbs-read-540mbs-write-for-1599240gb-for-2399-delivered-at-base-3315393



Yes, it would do you quite well and these P Series Integrals are decent drives too. Probably the best of the budget drives tbh...
aidan.conway27/10/2019 12:27

Yes, it would do you quite well and these P Series Integrals are decent …Yes, it would do you quite well and these P Series Integrals are decent drives too. Probably the best of the budget drives tbh...



cheers

I had aquick read of the hukd ssd guide
though im still unsure how to install this and yet leave my laptos existing HDD in (has 1tb of storage)
ofc I could use a usb3 SSD but it would be far slower than SATA
Morenenth27/10/2019 12:32

cheersI had aquick read of the hukd ssd guidethough im still unsure how to …cheersI had aquick read of the hukd ssd guidethough im still unsure how to install this and yet leave my laptos existing HDD in (has 1tb of storage)ofc I could use a usb3 SSD but it would be far slower than SATA



Depends on the model of laptop you have. There is no real way of keeping your 1tb mechanical HDD, this would replace it, in which case, buy as much as you can afford. Then migrate the OS onto the SSD and buy a 2.5" usb enclosure for your old drive to access the items on it...
aidan.conway27/10/2019 12:36

Depends on the model of laptop you have. There is no real way of keeping …Depends on the model of laptop you have. There is no real way of keeping your 1tb mechanical HDD, this would replace it, in which case, buy as much as you can afford. Then migrate the OS onto the SSD and buy a 2.5" usb enclosure for your old drive to access the items on it...



good idea. thnks
Morenenth27/10/2019 11:58

thanks I knew software was needed but there are so many options, I'll try …thanks I knew software was needed but there are so many options, I'll try the one you recommended would loading windows 10 from scratch would require a new licence and to then run years of windows updates and manually change settings to customise the appearance and everything?thanks


Firstly make sure you have your Windows 7 or 8 product licence key handy - it might be a sticker on the PC or use something like Magical Jellybean finder (free version) and keep the key safe!

Then have a USB stick you can wipe contents and has 8GB or more, download the media creation tool from MS here and use the "Using the tool to create installation USB media ........" - download and then create a bootable Win 10 installation USB stick.

Backup any documents, export / save any favourites, (preferably use something like Firefox or Chrome to save all to the cloud)

When you're ready and have the new SSD, remove old hard drive completely from pc, connect SSD and go into BIOS to make sure it can detect SSD, boot up with the USB drive inserted, Win10 installer should start.

Loads of guides on how to install Win 10 - best to have another laptop with you to get guides while you do this.

Using the latest download from MS means not too many updates required once it's installed, i recently installed WIn10 and updates and had laptop ready in under an hour, plus any other software to install.

If you get it all screwed up you've still got your old untouched hard drive that you could reconnect if necessary.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
spannerzone27/10/2019 11:31

You'll need to use some cloning software, you can't just copy and paste …You'll need to use some cloning software, you can't just copy and paste windows to a new drive unfortunately. Macrium Reflect is a free program to do such a thing. You'll find guides online how to clone from HD to SSD. linkHowever, I would suggest it's far better and easier to just load Windows 10 from scratch using a USB stick and getting the W10 installation file from Microsoft. That gets you a clean, up to date version installed without any old crap. But then you'll need to install any programs that you want.


If I installed a fresh copy of Windows, instead of cloning the software, how would I transfer my OEM licence across? Do I just enter the product key again? Or do I need to de register the original copy?

Or can I keep both, but only use one computer?
mikeypr27/10/2019 14:12

If I installed a fresh copy of Windows, instead of cloning the software, …If I installed a fresh copy of Windows, instead of cloning the software, how would I transfer my OEM licence across? Do I just enter the product key again? Or do I need to de register the original copy? Or can I keep both, but only use one computer?


Windows 10 accepts the older W7 / W8 licence when you install W10 - it converts the older licence to become a new Win10 licence, in theory as per the licence agreement with you and MS the licence cannot be used for Win7 or 8 but in reality it can still be used although it's technically a non legitimate licence, but it would work on the same PC.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
spannerzone27/10/2019 14:23

Windows 10 accepts the older W7 / W8 licence when you install W10 - it …Windows 10 accepts the older W7 / W8 licence when you install W10 - it converts the older licence to become a new Win10 licence, in theory as per the licence agreement with you and MS the licence cannot be used for Win7 or 8 but in reality it can still be used although it's technically a non legitimate licence, but it would work on the same PC.


Thank you. So in effect I’ll have two drives with the same key, but as long as don’t keep switching the drives back and fourth ill be ok. Good to know. I have having a recovery partition.
BenLoco27/10/2019 11:32

@Brutes How good is this in your opinion, let's say, compared to the …@Brutes How good is this in your opinion, let's say, compared to the crucial for example? Is it worth paying a little more for that one?


Hi, Please follow @spannerzone 's comments to decide which one to choose as I haven't use it but to be honest I would've bought it right away if I already din't have lying Integtral, BX500, Lexar all around me and not touched yet .... Crucial MX500 is my first priority however, but it's bit expensive ..
mikeypr27/10/2019 14:27

Thank you. So in effect I’ll have two drives with the same key, but as l …Thank you. So in effect I’ll have two drives with the same key, but as long as don’t keep switching the drives back and fourth ill be ok. Good to know. I have having a recovery partition.


Yes you'd have two drives, each with an activated version of windows, one W7 and the other W10. I haven't heard of anyone reporting that the older activated drive ever gets deactivated. MS seem far more relaxed about licences and Win10, they just want as many people on it as possible so they're allowing old licences to upgrade for free even though the free upgrade option officially ended several years ago!

Don't over think this - in most cases you just install SSD, boot up with the USB inserted, let Win10 install and it usually finds all drivers and updates. You don't even need to input the product licence key to install (it can be done later or never but with reduced functionality)

Just have everything backed up - passwords, login details, web pages, email accounts (outlook etc) - most can be copied over from the old drive but some things like Outlook email client (not web version) need accounts exporting etc.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
Heat added. Nice price, but really best to buy bigger if you can stretch to it.
Would this go in a macbook
Brutes27/10/2019 14:37

Hi, Please follow @spannerzone 's comments to decide which one to choose …Hi, Please follow @spannerzone 's comments to decide which one to choose as I haven't use it but to be honest I would've bought it right away if I already din't have lying Integtral, BX500, Lexar all around me and not touched yet .... Crucial MX500 is my first priority however, but it's bit expensive ..


@mikeypr - my own experience of SSDs - I've used Samsung Evo 830, 840, 850, Crucial MX100, MX500 and BX500, Integral P, Sandisk various and Lexar NS100.....if money no object then get Samsung Evo 860 or Crucial MX500 as they're the best performers generally speaking (especially if you work with large files a lot like video editing, gaming, image/audio editing)

For daily use of web, email, youtube, or just for older low value computers I'd use Crucial BX500, Lexar NS100, Integral P, Gigabyte or Sandisk. These are the lower priced, 'dram less cache' versions that perform well in daily chores but can slow down if moving or working with larger files. Some people tell you to avoid at all costs but they're regurgitating reviews from performance websites and probably not own personaly experience. I have the above and use them often, I use a BX500 daily for demanding work and it is fine even though some here tell you it's crap! - it is not.

Basically, pretty much any SSD will be a massive improvement compared to a mechanical hard drive and is recommended to upgrade as it's so much of an improvement.

If it's a decent spec computer that is used for demanding tasks then get the Samsung Evo 860 or Crucial MX500..... otherwise any of the others will be fine.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
lulu5327/10/2019 14:48

Would this go in a macbook


Depends on the year and model I believe.
spannerzone27/10/2019 14:50

@mikeypr - my own experience of SSDs - I've used Samsung Evo 830, 840, …@mikeypr - my own experience of SSDs - I've used Samsung Evo 830, 840, 850, Crucial MX100, MX500 and BX500, Integral P, Sandisk various and Lexar NS100.....if money no object then get Samsung Evo 860 or Crucial MX500 as they're the best performers generally speaking (especially if you work with large files a lot like video editing, gaming, image/audio editing)For daily use of web, email, youtube, or just for older low value computers I'd use Crucial BX500, Lexar NS100, Integral P, Gigabyte or Sandisk. These are the lower priced, 'dram less cache' versions that perform well in daily chores but can slow down if moving or working with larger files. Some people tell you to avoid at all costs but they're regurgitating reviews from performance websites and probably not own personaly experience. I have the above and use them often, I use a BX500 daily for demanding work and it is fine even though some here tell you it's crap! - it is not.Basically, pretty much any SSD will be a massive improvement compared to a mechanical hard drive and is recommended to upgrade as it's so much of an improvement.If it's a decent spec computer that is used for demanding tasks then get the Samsung Evo 860 or Crucial MX500..... otherwise any of the others will be fine.


Thank you very much. I always appreciate your valuable opinions and expertise.
spannerzone27/10/2019 14:52

Depends on the year and model I believe.


....just to say while browsing the thread thanks spannerzone for all the useful advice you are providing
spannerzone27/10/2019 14:50

@mikeypr - my own experience of SSDs - I've used Samsung Evo 830, 840, …@mikeypr - my own experience of SSDs - I've used Samsung Evo 830, 840, 850, Crucial MX100, MX500 and BX500, Integral P, Sandisk various and Lexar NS100.....if money no object then get Samsung Evo 860 or Crucial MX500 as they're the best performers generally speaking (especially if you work with large files a lot like video editing, gaming, image/audio editing)For daily use of web, email, youtube, or just for older low value computers I'd use Crucial BX500, Lexar NS100, Integral P, Gigabyte or Sandisk. These are the lower priced, 'dram less cache' versions that perform well in daily chores but can slow down if moving or working with larger files. Some people tell you to avoid at all costs but they're regurgitating reviews from performance websites and probably not own personaly experience. I have the above and use them often, I use a BX500 daily for demanding work and it is fine even though some here tell you it's crap! - it is not.Basically, pretty much any SSD will be a massive improvement compared to a mechanical hard drive and is recommended to upgrade as it's so much of an improvement.If it's a decent spec computer that is used for demanding tasks then get the Samsung Evo 860 or Crucial MX500..... otherwise any of the others will be fine.


Thanks, that's very helpful. Just to be clear, between the daily use ssds you mention, would you go for the cheapest option, or is the bx500 worth the extra £5 compared to this one?
miaomiaobaubau27/10/2019 10:26

Hot but I need the 1tb at this price


That's probably a good few years away.
My work gave me a laptop. But the software is locked out by admin. Can I use this ssd and put an os on it, so I can swap the SSD when I have the laptop at home to use it for my own stuff?
BenLoco27/10/2019 15:17

Thanks, that's very helpful. Just to be clear, between the daily use ssds …Thanks, that's very helpful. Just to be clear, between the daily use ssds you mention, would you go for the cheapest option, or is the bx500 worth the extra £5 compared to this one?


To be honest I don't think there's any perceived difference in performance, it probably comes down to price and perhaps warranty which I think is 3 years on the Crucial BX and not sure about the gigabyte.

Oh with the Crucial, they give you a free (basic) copy of Acronis True Image cloning software that is useful but it's limited to work on their drive only. acronis.com/en-…ad/
I use Acronis True Image (paid for full version) to do my backups and cloning.
griesejnr27/10/2019 15:55

My work gave me a laptop. But the software is locked out by admin. Can I …My work gave me a laptop. But the software is locked out by admin. Can I use this ssd and put an os on it, so I can swap the SSD when I have the laptop at home to use it for my own stuff?


Could be risky...it probably is against your IT policy so could get you into trouble, also if they enable Bitlocker then it might prevent hardware swaps (I'm not too savvy on this but know our work laptops have bitlocker enabled and if hardware is changed it needs an unlock code by IT dept to boot up!
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
mikeypr27/10/2019 14:12

If I installed a fresh copy of Windows, instead of cloning the software, …If I installed a fresh copy of Windows, instead of cloning the software, how would I transfer my OEM licence across? Do I just enter the product key again? Or do I need to de register the original copy? Or can I keep both, but only use one computer?



If you're on Win 10 type 'Activation Settings' in the search bar. Ideally it should state: 'Windows is activated with a digital licence linked to your Microsoft account'.

If that is present you can clone/clean install Win 10 on a new or existing drive without issue, it will reactivate via Microsoft's server.

You will typically encounter activation issues if you upgrade a system and change the motherboard as the licence is tied to it. I suspect Microsoft would refuse if it was an OEM/Volume licence though always worth a shot!

(I recently switched to Ryzen and encountered activation issues, my retail licence allows motherboard changes though Microsoft have demanded the original Win 7 key which I suspect I destroyed. Fortunately I had a spare retail key for Win 8 Pro which activated immediately.)
Edited by: "MBeeching" 27th Oct
Any good for gaming ie install games n run. I detest bying hds from amazon though with apassion!
So just installing a fresh windows on the PC will be enough? It creates a hardware fingerprint?

My PC was a Microsoft certified refurb, from ITZoo. It had a windows 7 key stuck onto it, and a W10 (Recertified Key) next to it too.
Geating cheaper now
spannerzone27/10/2019 16:03

Could be risky...it probably is against your IT policy so could get you …Could be risky...it probably is against your IT policy so could get you into trouble, also if they enable Bitlocker then it might prevent hardware swaps (I'm not too savvy on this but know our work laptops have bitlocker enabled and if hardware is changed it needs an unlock code by IT dept to boot up!


It will probably be locked out to prevent this. It could also affect the warranty, depending on your work it.
Mrepg27/10/2019 16:07

Any good for gaming ie install games n run. I detest bying hds from amazon …Any good for gaming ie install games n run. I detest bying hds from amazon though with apassion!


Yeah ideal for game storage. Games rarely benefit from higher speed NVMe drives, though that may change in a couple of years when devs start exploring their potential in next-gen consoles and those changes make the leap to PC. Not really something I would worry about unless you're planning to heavily invest in something 2tb+.
mikeypr27/10/2019 16:10

So just installing a fresh windows on the PC will be enough? It creates a …So just installing a fresh windows on the PC will be enough? It creates a hardware fingerprint?My PC was a Microsoft certified refurb, from ITZoo. It had a windows 7 key stuck onto it, and a W10 (Recertified Key) next to it too.


If the PC has a WIn10 licence already used then MS have a hardware ID created for the W10, if it alreayd has W10 on it there's no problem going to SSD....when you install SSD W10 it will auto activate as it's a known PC hardware already.. If the pc never had W10 on it then just use the W7 licence key when you install W10.

Seriously don't over think this..... install the SSD, load W10 and either enter the W7 key at install or click "I don't have a licence key" and W10 will install and work but missing a couple of features until it's activated with a licence key.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 27th Oct
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