Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet, Reliable
I installed the Samsung 830 SSD in a newish Dell XPS 8500 running Win 7 as the C: boot drive. The drive is 7 mm thick so it can also be used in many laptops as well. The kit comes with everything you need for a desktop computer.<br ><br >Boot up is much quicker than with the original OEM Barracuda drive, less than 1 minute vs 1:30 to 2:00 minutes. Applications load much quicker.<br ><br >At the current price this is probably the best 256 GB SSD available. The included Samsung SSD Magician provides usefull untilities, especially the Over Partitioning function, and it comes with Norton Ghost 15. I prefer Seagate-Acronis Disk Wizard, I imaged the original Dell Seagate Win 7 drive. The Disk Wizard copies everything, including the factory recovery partition, from the HD to the SSD in one step. Norton can't copy the recovery partition and you can only copy one disk partition at a time with Norton.<br ><br >TRIM and garbage cleanup work effectively and automatically in the background in Win 7.
I had previously bought and returned a Crucial M4 256 GB SSD for the XPS 8500. Something was "funny" with the TRIM and garbage collection, I would "lose" 500 MB to 1 GB of free storage space for no apparent reason. This was irreversable but all the free space "returned", about 10 GB, after reimaging the backup of the M4 to the 830.
You should use the secure erase utility software in the SSD Magician or something like GParted from a USB drive to prepare the 830 before installing your operating system or if you do a wipe and re-install.
If you get a message that the drive is "Frozen" when doing a wipe and re-install and putting it in Hibernate and waking it up doesn't free it you can use GParted from a USB drive, unplug the SATA cable from the 830 before booting to the USB/GParted and then plug in the SATA cable and run the erase.