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samsung 830 ssd reviewNow we’re reviewing one of the most well-known entries into the solid state drive market – the Samsung 830 SSD (Series MZ-7PC512N/AM 2.5″ SATA III MLC). And we’re not just reviewing any small, inexpensive version. Instead we’re taking a look at the 512 GB variant, which we purchased. This is the largest capacity available and also one of the largest solid state drives available on the market today.

Solid state drives (SSD) have slowly been gaining popularity over the last few years. I recently pointed out (yet again) the performance benefits of solid state drives in my article covering the fastest computer hard drive solutions What Is The Fastest Computer Hard Drive Solution? [Geeks Weigh In] What Is The Fastest Computer Hard Drive Solution? [Geeks Weigh In] A computer’s performance can be significantly impacted by the speed of its storage. So what is the fastest consumer hard drive solution both in practical and absolute terms? Solid state drives are likely the way... Read More . Mechanical drives simply can’t hope to compare.

Pricing varies but was, at the time we acquired our review unit, an eye-watering $661 dollars on That’s a lot of cash for storage, but it’s not much more than the competition. The lowest price you can expect to pay for a similar capacity is about $400 for a Crucial M4. Other alternatives range from $400 to $550 and a handful of drives, like OCZ’s Octane MLC version and the Kingston SSDnow V+100, sell for even more.

I’m sure some readers are already scoffing. Over $500 for a solid state drive that offers no more capacity than a mechanical unit available for under $80? How can that price possibly be justified? Let’s see if that question can be answered.

We’re also giving away a brand new unit. That’s right! One very lucky reader will be receiving a 512 GB Samsung 830 SSD for free! Read on and join the contest to win it!

The Samsung 830 SSD – Initial Impressions

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Just to recap, we bought a Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 256 GB 2.5″ SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit that came bundled with Norton Ghost 15. The Samsung 830 SSD, like all solid state drives, is not big. It arrived in a package so small that I at first wasn’t sure if it was the drive or some books I’d recently ordered from Amazon. Only the (lack of) heft gave it away.

Unwrapping the Amazon package revealed the small Samsung box containing the drive. It is nicely bundled. The Samsung 830 SSD itself is placed in its own plastic cradle, nestled between a cardboard wrap with the drivers in it and a second plastic cradle with the drive’s bundled 3.5″ internal hard drive bay adapter.

That adapter is one of just several extras. A free copy of Norton Ghost is included for users who want to copy the contents of an old drive to their new one. There’s also a redemption code for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. I have no idea what this game has to do with a solid state drive, but it’s a new title that normally costs $49.99, so I’m not complaining.

There are also a few required cables thrown in, such as SATA, and a bag of eight screws. This is typical hardware, but it shouldn’t be taken for granted. I’ve purchased hard drives in the past which did not bundle a SATA cord.

The Samsung 830 SSD’s Design

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Solid state drives are just PCBs with a controller chip and some NAND memory attached to them. A plastic case is then placed over top of the hardware to protect it from dust. Samsung 830 SSD is no different, but the company did go to the trouble of giving the case a classy faux brushed-aluminum finish. It’s a nice looking piece of kit.

samsung 830 ssd solid state drive review

Like most solid state drives, this one is a 2.5″ model. My computer only has a single 2.5″ bay, which is already occupied, so I had to install using the provided 3.5″ bay adapter. It’s nothing more than a piece of metal with screw holes which are used to secure the SSD. It worked perfectly, as it should.


No, we don’t have a solid state drive testing rig hidden here at MakeUseOf. However, yours truly regularly reviews laptops for a couple publications, and many of those come equipped with solid state drives. So I do have some perspective to provide on the matter of performance.

HD Tune was the first objective test used. This benchmark, which is an excellent way to test sustained transfer speeds, spat out a result of 351.6 MB/s. That is about three times quicker than the quickest mechanical hard drives and also right in line with the best performing solid state drives on the market today.

Access time benched at 0.1 milliseconds. Today’s best solid state drives consistently achieve this result. A good mechanical hard drive, by comparison, usually offers an access time of 15 milliseconds.

We also used ATTO and recorded the read/write speed at three different points in the benchmark. Refer to the table below for the results.

samsung 830 ssd solid state drive review

Again, this is among the best you’ll find from any solid state drive on the market today. It’s also three to four times quicker than a good mechanical drive. It’s not faster than every competitor, however. I have encountered slightly better results from an Intel 520 solid state drive in an ultrabook.

Living With The Samsung 830 SSD

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The benefit of a solid state drive with a large capacity is the ability to add all of your important programs and files to it.

Yes, having a solid state boot drive is nice. I’ve had one for about two years. But a drive with a capacity of 128GB or smaller only provides you with some of the benefit. There’s not enough room for everything the average user will want to store.

A large solid state drive changes everything. Most users will easily be able to install all of their apps and important files on it, which makes waiting for files to open a thing of the past. The load time of Microsoft Word has been reduced from about 10 seconds to less than two. Sins Of A Solar Empire, one of my favorite games, has seen its load time reduced from 24 seconds to five. A Civilizations 5 saved game that used to take nearly a minute to load now appears in eighteen seconds.

It’s hard to overstate the impact this has on the user experience. I feel like I’m using an entirely new computer. But, of course, I’m not – this is still the same Core i3-2100 processor and the same eight gigabytes of RAM.

Performance is just part of what makes the Samsung 830 SSD an easy drive to live with. The other half of the equation is Samsung Magician, the company’s driver software. Applications such as this are hit-or-miss, but Samsung’s is a hit. It is powerful, simple to understand and warns the user about options that might impact the operation of your drive (but also lets you take those actions if you choose). It only works with Windows, however. Mac OS X and Linux users are out of luck.

Should you buy the Samsung 830 SSD?

Well, you should buy a solid state drive and you should buy the largest one that you can afford. The Samsung 830 SSD is without a doubt one of the better picks. It offers great driver software, an attractive exterior and plenty of extras.

The only downside is the price, which is quite a bit higher than a Crucial M4 or OCZ Vertex 4. Both are much less expensive and will still provide snappy performance. They don’t bench as well, however, and they don’t come with as many bundled extras.

The exact product you decide to go for will depend on your budget and your precise needs. The Samsung 830 SSD is the best option for a user who wants great performance, easy to use software and plenty of extras – no matter the price. If that sounds like you, this should be your next major hardware upgrade.

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We’re also giving away a brand new 512 GB Samsung 830 SSD! If you’d love to get your hands on it, join the contest!

How do I win a copy?

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page, Twitter stream and Google+ page.

The giveaway is over. Congratulations, Roehl Curioso! You would have received an email from Please reply within 48 hours to claim your prize.

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  1. dfsfsd dsifow
    October 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Good article. One thing: How the HELL does it take your PC 10 seconds to start up MS Word? I'm using a 4 year old laptop with a 5400 RPM HDD (and a great CPU admittedly). It just took me 4 seconds to open MS Word. Either you're exaggerating or your really components suck.

    • derek garber
      March 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      it:s not the drive it:s the operator!!

  2. Edwin Williams
    October 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I need one of these!

  3. BRKHD1
    September 26, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I just made a video showing the Samsung 830 SSD performance on my 2009 MacBook Pro. Check it out

  4. Panji Hitam
    September 10, 2012 at 2:38 am

    congratulations for the winner...

  5. Muhammad Saeed Qamar
    August 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I am interested only in free give away Samsung SSD gift. I don't want to purchase the drive. As I have a 160 GB Seagate Drive in my PC. But I can Offer my services for checking the speed & Performance of your drive if I got it Free of cost.

  6. Reynldo Mallorca
    August 25, 2012 at 5:20 am

    i likeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  7. tarzan2001
    August 25, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I hope I win this! :D

  8. Kerrianna
    August 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    SOOOO want to win this! Wanting to purchase one. But was apprehensive because I don't enough enough cash. But to win it would be just awesome. I can finally imagine running all my programs at once without having my laptop constantly stick on me.

  9. Sigifredo Zapata
    August 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    got to add this baby to my wish list....

  10. Vasudevan M
    August 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I really want it..Hope to win :)

  11. Florencemay D. Malinao
    August 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    i think i did it right

  12. Pancho Gacula
    August 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I want the Samsung 830 512GB SSD for my custom built Mid-2009 MacBook Pro, please!

  13. Alex Badn
    August 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

    really great product and really great giveaway! thanks makeuseof for this chance! best regards.

  14. Lam Nguyen
    August 24, 2012 at 6:50 am

    The form doesn't show up for me on Chrome somehow :(

    • muotechguy
      August 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Its closed now, but in future please ensure you're not running any adblock or javascript blocking plugins, including but not limited to do not track, adblock plus, ghostery, noscript, or any of their ilk.

      • Lam Nguyen
        August 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

        I'm not using any ad-block.

  15. Edgar Meixueiro
    August 24, 2012 at 3:22 am

    wanna win

  16. Brian Wall
    August 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Matt, Awesome review of the Samsung 830 Solid State Drive (SSD) 512 GB ! And to have a Giveaway of it to follow....well...incredibly awesome ! Then, after it's delivered, I am looking forward to having it installed quicker than you can say Matt Smith gave me a Samsung 830 Solid State Drive (SSD) 512 GB from his MakeUseOf Samsung 830 Solid State Drive (SSD) 512 GB Review and Giveaway and |I am such a happy camper I just can't stop ranting on about it and I am telling everyone I know about it as soon as I can :D Thank you for the review and Giveaway :D

  17. shaurya boogie
    August 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    merlin's beard! I want this ssd.

  18. Kevin Fegan
    August 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I have entered and liked the page.

    Thanks for offering this great item!!

  19. Kevin Fegan
    August 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I have always wanted to try an SSD.

    I hope I win this.

  20. Ronald Smith
    August 22, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Thanks for the review and also the great opportunity to potentially win one of these. I've always loved Samsung's products, and this would definitely help a lot for me, if I were to win it. Good luck everyone!

  21. Lee
    August 22, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I have a HP U.S.D.T I use it as a media hub it has windows 7 + XBMC
    And the only part that makes a sound apart from blue ray/DVD is the HDD
    Clicking and spinning up if I win this Samsung ssd you can bet it will go in this.

  22. Emmanuel Asuncion
    August 22, 2012 at 2:53 am

    I sure like to win this. Can this be installed in a laptop by removing the case?

  23. Bong Cos
    August 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    SSD rules!!!!!

  24. Bong Cos
    August 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    samsung 830 SSD rules!!!!

  25. Stan McCracken
    August 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Silent, fast and enduring.

  26. Bj Reilly
    August 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Could use this sooooo freaking bad....heres hoping!

  27. Ryan Campbell
    August 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I would absolutely LOVE to have an SSD!

  28. Cl Hong
    August 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    can this be fitted into the laptop?

  29. Fabio Pinna
    August 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm


  30. Gerwell Taroma
    August 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

    i, for one, am glad that i am given this chance to win...nonetheless be get used to this world of randomness...chances are chances and when i have one, i tell you, i wont let it go...

  31. Eric Swank
    August 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Matt, you are the Man!!! Thank you and of course Matt Smith for another excellent review...

    Peace and Prosperity to all...

  32. Luvrockz Ariph
    August 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    grate giveaway

  33. Jay
    August 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    very nice SSD

  34. Vampie C.
    August 20, 2012 at 7:38 am

    THis is a nice one :-)

  35. Karen Ang
    August 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I so want to win this!

  36. denny Gl
    August 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    thanks you for this awesome giveaway

  37. john philip lucero
    August 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    i want this

  38. Rijuta
    August 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Omg! this is a great giveaway!!! I wish I could have one...

  39. Hinata
    August 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Lets hope to win.

  40. josemon maliakal
    August 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

    thats cool

  41. josemon maliakal
    August 19, 2012 at 6:11 am

    wow !!!!

  42. Santiago Avellaneda
    August 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm
  43. CB
    August 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Kinda BS having to sign up for Facebook giving away personal info to be sold, then give an FB Like to get a code to give away personal information again to be sold to maybe win something.

    This nonsense is getting out of hand. How about this instead, if someone is getting your newsletter, JUST PUT IN A LINK THAT ENTERS THEM IN THE CONTEST. Seriously...

    • Arron Walker
      August 19, 2012 at 3:30 am

      You know you can get code of twitter as well right?

      • CB
        August 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        Yet another "social media" site to sign up and give information away to? No thanks. A simple link to enter from the newsletter is all that's needed.

        • Arron Walker
          August 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

          You don't need to sign up, twitter feeds are public unless privatised specifically.

        • CB
          August 20, 2012 at 12:10 am

          You click "Like" or "Tweet" and it goes straight to a login screen. You probably stay logged into both 24/7/365 but I have no wish to use either of them. Besides, you seem to be missing the most basic point.

        • Arron Walker
          August 20, 2012 at 12:18 am

          I see the point, but I'd refused to acknowledge it, I'd rather not get into an argument over it, and I thought I saw something you had not realised. I did not however realise it did in fact require a log in - and yes, I stay logged in, I only enter my password when I change it.

  44. Yang Yang Li
    August 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Only thing that could have make this giveaway better? If the SSD was an Intel. But Samsung is next in class, I want it!

  45. Darryl Gossett
    August 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Do me a solid, good buddy .,. a Sammie Solid!

  46. Alan
    August 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Would love one, but it costs more than my laptop.

  47. danielooi
    August 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

    a very nice upgrade for my old macbook!

  48. George Seje
    August 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    May luck be with me! The SSD looks amazing.

  49. Nezlo
    August 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Never took the plunge for an SSD yet, would be nice to finally have one.

  50. Nahla
    August 17, 2012 at 8:53 am

    This is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

  51. Do Huy Ngoc
    August 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

    wish I had this drive:)

  52. Rahil Parker
    August 17, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Cool, would be awesome to win one.

  53. David Dee
    August 17, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Gonna survive my next chemo round just to win this and all the other great giveaways, :-)

  54. Peter
    August 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    This is one of those "too good to be true" giveaways! Love it!

  55. juliebell muelle
    August 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    With a transfer speed of 351.6 kb/s you would really feel like you're using an entirely new computer.
    Performance and huge memory space makes Samsung 830 SSD stands out among others. This is worth buying!

  56. Andrew
    August 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Good luck everybody!

  57. Jeffrey S
    August 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I'm in!!
    Good luck to all!!

  58. Sonny Bell
    August 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I just like everyone else could use the drive. I have my current SATA disconnected,
    so I can protect myself. Windstream my ISP has me routed via Speedstream,
    thru a DOD host & server outside of FT. Lenord Wood. RE: Tis is a resullt of their accepting the USDA Grant & AID from GSA for $328 million. As a
    condition for the grant they had to agree to use DOD Host/servers to Allow the
    DOD to get around FISA. All the Telecoms are in on this little Ploy. To get around system logging I disconnected the hard drive, and am running Live Cd, via Kubuntu 12.04 I keep the same dynamic ip as long as I don't shut down.

  59. Naveen Kumar
    August 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    i definitely need dis man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Harold Craig
    August 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    i try it out

  61. vnet one
    August 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

    nice drive, power yest branded

  62. Anandu B Ajith
    August 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i like to win it please select me

  63. linkstudio
    August 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Great article as always! I have always wanted an SSD but couldn't afford it. If I win this it would be amazing! Especially as it's a large size!

  64. LAHarry8
    August 16, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for the Samsung Solid830 giveaway.
    Please count me in .

  65. antone depina
    August 16, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Would really like to own this's hoping.

  66. Va Du
    August 16, 2012 at 5:38 am

    This thing is awesome. Love to win. Love to get another one for RAID0.

  67. Ron Morrow
    August 16, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Been wanting to get into solid state for a while now but just can't afford it yet. Will definitely build my next system around it though...whenever that time comes lol. Unless I can get extremely lucky and actually win this then it's game on! lol.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and review!

  68. Christen Dovalina
    August 16, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Man! This is a sweet giveaway...

  69. Ron Hossack
    August 16, 2012 at 12:51 am


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    August 16, 2012 at 12:42 am


  71. David Ross
    August 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    looks great!

  72. john
    August 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Awesome offer!!

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    August 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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    • Tina
      August 25, 2012 at 3:09 am


      We are trying to make things as easy as possible, while adding lots of great new features. You should check out our Rewards programme. It's worth the login and collecting points.

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    • Jackson Chung
      August 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      We're nothing like TipRadar!

  74. Stephen Hart
    August 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway!
    I have been using a SSD for about 2 years, IBM 120. It's been flawless. It took me some time before I jumped in but now I am glad I did! Go for it, its worth it!
    I'm sure the performance has improved and Samsung is a great company (my Samsung Air Conditioner is running now and has been for 5 years without a burp!

  75. Sylvester Kolakowski
    August 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Superb HDD. I got the 128gb version and it made my old Macbook 2008 (Mid) fly!!! I would love to win this one so I can finally build that Hackintosh that I've been so eager to build. Help me out MakeUseOf and I will love you forever :-)

  76. Gregory
    August 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Can you enter with BOTH your points and the normal entry method?

    • Jackson Chung
      August 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm


  77. Edward Bellair
    August 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Nice. Ready to give mine a try.

  78. Cecebee
    August 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    What a nice piece of equipment. I'd love to have something like that to explore real speed.

  79. Sai Krishna
    August 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

    great & fast drive

  80. jrasulev
    August 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

    That's a great giveaway and really worth participating

  81. Egzon Bunjaku
    August 15, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Great giveaway. Makeuseof FTW!

  82. Beh Han
    August 15, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I want this SSD so much!!
    My computer is like snail now with normal HDD :D

  83. Macky
    August 15, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Nice review. waiting other larger SSD for review

  84. Philip Yusenda
    August 15, 2012 at 4:58 am

    At last! A chance to upgrade my laptop!

  85. kaushmc
    August 15, 2012 at 4:40 am to win this...thanks

  86. Mani Ahmed
    August 15, 2012 at 4:21 am

    This seems like an awsome piece of equipment ... i want to see how it performs on my core2due machine and i was wondering if it would fix into my laptop or only the computer ?

  87. Glenn Schulz
    August 15, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I'd love to win this drive!

  88. John B Lontz
    August 15, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Incredible! I sure hope to win this.

  89. zaiyuddin abdullah
    August 15, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I nearly miss it! This is good to be true.

  90. Ron
    August 15, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Would love to win this! Only way I would be able to afford it:) Great contest!

  91. Chris Symmonds
    August 15, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I have read lots about these drives. I have finally realised how good they are, not only in speed but quietness. I would realy love to own one of these. My only problem is that I dont use facebook, etc so have no chance of winning it.

  92. fritz Richard
    August 15, 2012 at 1:34 am

    another great giveaway!! thanks!

  93. ana cruz
    August 15, 2012 at 1:15 am

    it should be an exceptional hapening if beeng me the one choosed as the lucky happy winner, thanks to 'make use oft' inniciative and 'samsung's' high technology...

  94. PLaliberte
    August 15, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Awesome drive!

    August 15, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I have read some really great stuff about solid state drives, I would love to win the hard drive .

  96. Brad Francis
    August 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Very cool and slick drive - I would like to have one of these drives !!!! Great work Sumsung

  97. Joe Phillips
    August 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Man winning this would be sweet!

  98. Zero
    August 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Pick me!

  99. Eric
    August 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    This looks like a great drive with many time saving features. I hope that I win it.

  100. Norm
    August 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I'm in for the win...

  101. Gaurav Rajasekar
    August 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Here's to winning an SSD. By the way can I enter once using the first section of the form, and then enter using my points once too?? Or is that not allowed?

  102. Sameer N
    August 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for the review & giveaway. The transfer speed is about 3 times faster than the mechanical drive. Thats cool.
    Entered for the giveaway, let me try my luck.

  103. Jie
    August 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks! If I win it, I am happy.

  104. D.
    August 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I have to work to hard to find the entry code.
    Up yours ............ Game Players.
    Make Use Of BS ......

  105. sigits Sigit
    August 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    good stuff for you who want the performance

  106. steven grider
    August 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Cannot even figure out how to enter for the Solid State H.D. Copy? Copy of What? Opened to enter. Too much to read and NO clear way to enter. This sucks. Waste of my time.

  107. JediMaster
    August 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Nice review.
    It's useful.

  108. John Carruthers
    August 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Similar to comments already posted wrt giveaway code!

  109. Samuel A. Witter
    August 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I love this idea I hope I win

  110. Aydion Brice
    August 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    SSD drives are really thumb drives on steroids.

  111. Bing Hau Yap
    August 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Ahhh, I would like to get a hold of this to try its performance.

  112. Jaxx D
    August 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Now that's more like it.

  113. Vicky Gregory Moss
    August 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I have not really given much thought about solid state, but from what I read.........would be a great way to store data I don't want to loose. But then again, the speed. Hmmmmm, it would be nice to win this so I did not have to buy it to try it--lol.

  114. Steve Tee
    August 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Oh, I really do need this. Fingers crossed...

  115. Ben Pham
    August 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Oh wow! 512GB of SSD... that's more than my desktop has... sad but true!

    I really want to win this baby home... gaming like a baus (Load in game first ALWAYS!)

  116. Andrea Kosteli?
    August 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Oh, I would really love to get this one... it looks really great and will revive my old computer (if I get it)

  117. Kevin Rowell
    August 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I need to replace my faulty 2TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit drive the SSD an bundle would be an ideal solution to the hassle of re-installing.

  118. John Bell
    August 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I have a Samsung 830 64GB SSD and I think it has great performance. From reviewing all the other SSD at the time it had by far the best reviews compared to similar SSD. You would be able to get a different brand with a larger capacity for the same price of the Samsung but when it comes to reliability Samsung seems to be at the head of the pack for SSD.

  119. Contest Winner
    August 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I would like this to store all my justin bieber photots. That way I dont have wait 5 seconds for them to come up but only 2. PLease pick me.

  120. Sachin Kanchan
    August 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    oh gawd! only if i could get one of these!

  121. David Lilly
    August 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Wonderful :)

  122. Barbara Salvini
    August 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    This is just what I need,,,Good luck to me,,,lol

  123. Harry G
    August 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    hope to get one :D

  124. Florin G.
    August 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    AWESOME GIVEAWAY! I´m very excited, can´t wait to see the drawing results!

  125. writingc
    August 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    It would be awesome to have this! It's really costly...

  126. Edward Allwein
    August 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Very interesting!

  127. Nezlo
    August 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Finally something I can actually put to use. Never had an SSD yet, would be nice to get one. Good luck to everyone.

  128. celeron504
    August 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm


  129. simone lee
    August 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    the code l have used is off my email solid830.
    and its saying l have entered the wrong code

  130. Sriram Gopalakrishnan
    August 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Wow Good stuf............

  131. harry edel
    August 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Precisely what I was looking into in the last few days! Only I can't afford this capacity. Winning this would solve my problem.

  132. Vanja Gorgiev
    August 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    OMG a Samsung SSD, it's like a burger with gps to my mouth :D

  133. Suvrojit
    August 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Since last year I did want to upgrade my hard disk which is failing every now & then...offer like this will surely be a boon to computing....I am always a makeuseof fan & ever will be...

  134. Pio Rommel Dasal
    August 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I would love to have this!

  135. Dennis P
    August 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    It is a high-priced item. On the other hand, way back in the Eighties I paid over $400 for a then-new 1GB WD mechanical HD. Thought at the time, "What am I going to do with all of this space?"

  136. Lonnie
    August 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    This is one hot SSD--sorta like those muscle cars of the 60-70's. Gotta have it.

  137. smileeb
    August 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    None of the 6 code words you have on your giveaway codes is for the ssd hard drive.

  138. Algernon Clayton
    August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I could do with this one yeah!

  139. H G
    August 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    This would be great on my machine! :)

  140. Richard
    August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm


  141. kevin gnanaraj
    August 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Can I un-enter the competition? I just realized that I will not be able to access my email address even if I win, as much I want this performance boost.

  142. Gooroodev Ramsarun.
    August 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I want to win this ssd 512GB hard drive.

  143. Jeoff
    August 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for another great giveaway.

  144. Ellen
    August 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Me please! Pick me! I could SO use this.

  145. Raphael sunday
    August 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm


  146. Peter M Hodgson
    August 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Can't wait nuf said

  147. Tim Pettus
    August 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Samsung has really stepped up their game in recent years. I would love to have one of these SSD's!

  148. andrew parsons
    August 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm


  149. Walter Pitterna
    August 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    solid830. Very cool to increase your computer performance. :-)

  150. Timothy Pettus
    August 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Samsung has really led the electornics industry in the past few years.

  151. Timothy Pettus
    August 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Samsung has really led the electronics industry in the last few years.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm


  153. Luca
    August 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I guess you should do some more benchmark with "solid state drive on the market today." I bought months ago a Sandisk extreme 240GB for £155. My atto performance are (R/W):
    4K - 241/129
    256K - 529/534
    4M - 557/529

    I acknowledge my Sandisk was completely naked from anything else than the disk, but so what? I used a few Velcro to attach it at some spare space in the case and for backup/restore/imaging windows 7 is more than well equipped. why bother for Samsung gifts?

    My 3 yrs old 80 GB Intel X25-M (SATA II) was not that bad either:
    4K - 152/76
    256K - 274/72
    4M - 274/70

  154. Walter Pitterna
    August 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I would love to have that kind of speed on my gaming computer. :-)

  155. John
    August 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    This would be really nice to cut down on boot times.

  156. fizzbin88
    August 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    What a prize!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  157. Joe Johaneman
    August 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Would love to have this. Would give my aging MacBook a nice speed boost.

  158. Dave
    August 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Been wanting one for my Toshiba laptop every since I read an article on PCmag. Fingers crossed!

  159. Bill Phillips
    August 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Hope I win!

  160. Petey Pabler
    August 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I bought a 60GB SSD when they just came out and I am SCREAMING for more OS storage...COME ON WINNA WINNA!

  161. Derryl
    August 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This would be a good drive to revitalise my old Dell desktop. I'm looking forward to winning this drive.

  162. Riya
    August 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I hope I win it!! I really need it for my old pc.. and ther are really expensive in india :(

  163. Riya
    August 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I hope I win it!! I really need it for my old pc.. and ther are really expensive in india :(

  164. Simon T
    August 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

    My dears, I have 2 'hungry' kids asking for stuff they need for their crazy experiments (one day they'll bring the house down, damn it!), now they need some 'king magnets' and 'princess rings' and cry for my 80 gigs old drive! How could I give it 2 them, it still has 88% good blocks & is full of me and their mum's pics of our glory age, where shall I put these? Awaiting your 'Solid' answer!


  165. Panji Hitam
    August 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

    This is a great gift for us... XD hope someone of us can win it XD

  166. Amit
    August 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Thanks for the contest

  167. Rafal Krassowski
    August 14, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Yea please let me win this so I don't have to buy one :)

  168. Oluwafemi Ajayi
    August 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I really want to win this Device , I want to upgrade my laptop to a better .

  169. dan
    August 14, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Great giveaway . Please count me in. Best regards.

  170. vineedcool
    August 14, 2012 at 6:01 am

    WOW this is one great give-away :D

  171. ferdinan Sitohang
    August 14, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Slim, tiny and based on the review want to try it myself if i have a chance to win it.holaa

  172. Lambvolution
    August 14, 2012 at 3:31 am

    i am the winner!

    *voldemort laughs

  173. Mila Kun
    August 14, 2012 at 2:52 am

    I could really use this drive.. :)

  174. Caven ChunYen
    August 14, 2012 at 1:59 am

    let me win this competition please!! :p

  175. Serra Stone
    August 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I'd love to have this, it's something that I couldn't afford on my own! Entered the competition!

  176. Colin Ripley
    August 14, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Nice giveaway. Will the drive work with Linux, or just the software won't? Multi-boot with two hard drives. Thanks. Colin

  177. kevin niven
    August 14, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Yes please!!

  178. Alex www
    August 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    A. I thought all storage division sold to Seagate, and the SSD with the HDD.

  179. Victor Cao
    August 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I <3 speed.

  180. Zenphic
    August 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Awesome giveaway, SSDs are an amazing upgrade to any computer system.

  181. Pablo Vargas
    August 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    The only bad thing holding SSD's back is the inferior storage capacity compared to the now dominating HDD's

  182. Pedro Oliva
    August 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    thanks for this awesome giveaway

  183. Todd Troutt
    August 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I think I drooled when I saw this...

  184. Ahmed Saqr
    August 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    a SSD :))

  185. Abdelrahman Yehia
    August 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Hope I win :)

  186. Larry Shoemaker
    August 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Sounds great!

  187. Dorfmeister Vazquez
    August 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    simply perfect....

  188. illegal3alien
    August 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I got a 60GB Intel 330 SSD for my laptop a couple months ago and it made a huge difference. Adding one to my desktop would be great.

  189. Mohammad Zulhilmi Sani
    August 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    SSD is so expensive in Malaysia, i would be happy to get one for free! It's a step towards upgrading my desktop PC in the future :)

  190. Jón Bjarnason
    August 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    It has my name on it.

  191. Bj Reilly
    August 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Would LOVE this....Good Luck All!

  192. Adjei Kofi
    August 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    wow!. I hope I win this one

  193. Phill Johnson
    August 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    The give away of the hardrive is a nice giveaway.

  194. Phill Johnson
    August 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I would realy love to win this

  195. Phill Johnson
    August 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    This is awosome

  196. Ales Mole
    August 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    greatest giveaway....this would give me a lot of space...and speed

  197. Froivy Cruz
    August 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    512GB of pure fast storage! ssd technology right here in MakeUseOf!

  198. Rocking Rameez
    August 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    i just cant believe this will be the best gift

  199. George J. Malmos
    August 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    would like to win!

  200. Noman Fayez
    August 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Does all your giveaway have ssame giveaway rules...........and global giveaway?

  201. Jaroslaw Jasinski
    August 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I am a student (like my e-mail suggests) the second year of Computer Science and I would like to volunteer and participate in the competition for this wonderful device, which is this drive. This disc would be a fantastic option for me, what I would like to include in your new laptop. For me, this drive would be a fantastic solution due to the fact that I would not have to worry that I could lose their data, through damage to the laptop, another reason she could be the speed of system startup. I was very pleased by my system as urchomi? be as fast as he could. Also, I could very quickly compile your programs. So I think this drive was saved by me through the whole period of study. Therefore, I appeal to much to ask to you to convince you my comments to myself and that I could be the winner. But of course there are many people who have the same hope. So I wish you all good luck.

    Best Regards Jarek.

  202. Mihovil Pletikos
    August 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    the best giveaway yet :) nice :)

  203. malkhaz
    August 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    good luck to everybody

  204. Ado Raneses
    August 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    omg this ain't even funny. i really need that

  205. musicphann
    August 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I wonder if installing an SSD into my laptop would significantly extend my battery life. That would be excellent.

    • Truefire_
      August 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      It doesn't extend it by much, but you do get more use out of it before it dies, since it's so much faster. It's like having a tablet almost. Nearly instant-on and app start.

  206. Hoku Sarroca
    August 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    it's confusing how it comes up you don't have enough points... and all that jazz LOL I still want to win the lens LOLOLOL

  207. Timothy Liem
    August 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    great givaway! a huge capacity of SSD is a dream comes true! hope I will win this. AMEN!
    a question here. what's the difference between claiming by points and claiming by email?

  208. salvador hernandez
    August 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Since I can't afford this at the moment a win would be great to upgrade my machine.

  209. Samit Tandukar
    August 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    if i win this i will throw away my current hard drive :).....

  210. kyle
    August 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Quite a lovely Drive, would be nice in my macbook ;]

    • Basam
      August 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      It would also be nice on Amazon! :^)

  211. Kristine Bridget Rangel
    August 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for this giveaway Im hoping to win this because I'm dreaming to build my iwn desktop now . :)

  212. VS Vishnu
    August 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    i wnat this...:-)

  213. Dan Valentin
    August 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm


  214. GrrGrrr
    August 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks, SSD rocks!!

  215. Heather
    August 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    May I ask why every time I enter one of these contests I get a "The giveaway code you entered was incorrect" message? My entry always goes through (I get the confirmation email) but it's annoying to have to check every single time.

    • Petey Pabler
      August 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Are you entering the code on FB, or this page, or which way? This might help the communtiy that is trying to help you.

      • Heather
        August 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        I enter giveaway codes on the giveaway pages on this site. This has been a recurring issue for the past several months.

        • Richard McGill
          August 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

          Heather, Are you cutting and pasting correctly? Make sure you don't include the full stop. I found that worked. Good luck.

      • Thom Davies
        August 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        I have had the same issue, I just figure the site is goofy so I ignore the error message.

  216. Vipul Jain
    August 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I really want to win the Nexus 7, but what the hell, this is equally kick-ass :p

    • Basam
      August 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Dude! This thing isn't "equally" kick-ass, it's 10x more kick-ass and 3x more the price! HA!

      • Vipul Jain
        August 15, 2012 at 5:54 am

        lol, true dat!
        But i have less use of an extra Hdd right now than a tab. In my MBA, i need a device to swipe through my presentations & my phone just doesnt suffice & that tab isnt available in India :/

  217. Dany Bouffard
    August 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    When I click on the giveaway code on de facebook page of makeuseof the giveaway code for the Samsung 830 SSD (512 GB) is not in th elist of giveaway codes.

    • Cristina Torrão
      August 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      It is now. I just used it :D

    • Tibor Szentmarjay
      August 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      It's there. Not sure I can write it here...

    • Craig Stock
      August 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm


    • Joel Lee
      August 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Try doing a hard refresh on your browser. The image can sometimes get cached, that's why you don't see it.

    • Muhannad Agha
      August 18, 2012 at 2:15 am


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