SSD Hard Drive recommendation needed

I now have the Crucial DDR3 , 1600MHz , Non-ECC , CL11 , X8 , 1.35V , Unbuffered , SODIMM , 204-pin, memory for this unit and am now in need a good quality inexpensive SSD drive

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Can your computer use an NVMe SSD Drive?  Samsung 960 are excellent units I have one here.

If not NVMe, look at Samsung models that will work in your computer.
frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
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Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
So just to be clear, it is the 5400 RPM drive you want to replace, right? (500GB 2.5" 5400RPM hard drive) I am assuming it is a SATA drive.

I have had very good luck with both Crucial and Western Digital. I have both, one of each in a MacBookPro 13" and a MacBookPro 15". I have used these in PC's as well. They are SATA drives.

You did not say what size, but you can get a TB for $150 now, so why not go with a bigger drive.


Or do I misunderstand?
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi FM,
The HP Pavilion 11-n010dx x360 has a 2.5" SATA form factor drive. Since you have Crucial RAM, you may like a Crucial SSD. I have several and they are excellent. Here's a link at Amazon for their MX500 series:

As you can see there, they have capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. I don't have a Pavilion laptop, but I have several Crucial SSDs in HP EliteBook laptops and they perform extremely well in them. I expect the same to be the case in your Pavilion.

I also have several Samsung SSDs in HP EliteBook laptops. They perform as well as the Crucial SSDs (at least, I can't tell the difference). Here's a link at Amazon for their 860 EVO series:

As you can see there, they have capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB.

You can't go wrong with either the Crucial MX500 or Samsung 860 EVO series, imo (although there are other Crucial and Samsung series to choose from). Of course, there can always be problems, such as I discuss in these EE articles:

Computer Unresponsive - Crucial m4 SSD is the Culprit
How to fix read performance on Samsung SSD 840 EVO and 840 EVO mSATA

Notwithstanding those articles, both Crucial and Samsung are excellent in providing firmware updates and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase either brand (with the notable exception of the short-lived Crucial BX series, which was a lemon). Regards, Joe

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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
i love Crucial things, especially its website which provides a wizard helping you find compatible SSD drives for best performance. Obviously Crucial site only suggests their SSD drives and other spare parts,  but Crucial is a leading supplier in your vendor list so you won’t go wrong this way.

Personally I used Crucial to upgrade my Mac Pro to one of its most powerful configurations by design.
Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
Sounds like 3 votes for Crucial now!  :-) It is my top chocie
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Crucial is good. Samsung is top notch too
Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
Yea, SSDs are like cars, everyone has a favorite and an opinion.

John loves Samsung, so I suspect he has had excellent performance, and I know they make excellent equipment, so I that is probably an excellent choice.

But sadly, my experience with Samsung was not as good with two drive failures early on (bad batch?) BUT their customer service was excellent and they replaced the drives quickly, so I have no complaints with Samsung other than a few hours of restore time. I have not tried one recently.

So far, my two Crucials have not failed, so I do not know how well their customer service works, so that is something to consider.

So I do not know which one is truly better, so I suspect you will do well with either one. At that point, find the best price between Crucial or Samsung and I think you will be OK.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I agree with you. Our Lenovo SSD machines all use Samsung and the reliability is fine. Older Samsung drives did have issues and so did Western Digital which I use to like. Crucial has a fine reputation.

So overall I agree with you.
frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Good choice! I got the 1TB model of that in mid-January and it has been rock solid in an HP EliteBook.
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