Samsung has been so busy setting world speed records for its PCIe NVMe SSD drives that its new 860 QVO SATA 6 SSD is easy to overlook.
The 860QVO SATA 6 now comes in 1, 2 or 4TB SSDs offering up to 550/520Mbps sequential read/write speed. Prices start from $149.99.
Now SSD drives are not all too exciting especially as the PCIe versions can get over 3000/3000Mbps but they cost a lot more too. But they use the latest Samsung V-NAND 4bit MLC, have a 3 year (or terabytes written) warranty, are silent and consume very little power.
The Samsung SATA 6 is a 2.5” upgrade device to breathe life into a PC/Notebook with a slow, oh so slow, hard disk. You can easily replace a larger 3.5” HDD with this too.
Samsung 860 QVO SATA 6 SSD
Samsung V-NAND 4-bit MLC
4GB LPDDR4 for 4TB
2GB LPDDR4 for 2TB
1GB LPDDR4 for 1TB
Sequential Read/Write Speed
Up to 550/520 MB/s
Random Read/Write Speed
Up to 97K/89K IOPS
Magician Software for SSD management
Total Bytes Written warranty
Three (3) Year Limited Warranty
1.5 million hours MTBF
860 QVO SATA 6 Setup (Windows only)
You can’t simply swap out the existing hard disk drive because it has all your data on it and buried deep in the Window registry is the Product Key that you need to activate Windows.
Clean setup – the preferred method
A clean install always gives the best results. The downside is that you must reinstall Windows and all your existing software.
With your existing system intact
Download Magical Jelly Bean Finder (MJBF – there is a Mac version as well) and use it to find the Windows 10 CD Key – it looks like this DA246-4VFG4-RBS8C-YRZYV-YY49C. Write it down and also put a copy in a plain text file.
MJBF may also be able to find other installed software keys like Office, Antivirus etc. Also, copy these down.
Next, go to Windows ISO downloader and download the ISO Tool to make a bootable Windows install USB flash drive.