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120GB-128GB SSD upgrade for laptop around $150 questions

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October 22, 2011 7:50:06 AM

My friend's 5,400 RPM HPg72-259wm laptop drive died, she came to me to help her fix it. The laptop is only a little over a year old and therefore out of warranty. This was her first new computer in about 5 or 6 years. I convinced her to let me replace it with an SSD for best performance, durability and because it will keep the computer seeming faster for a longer period of time since she's can't buy new PCs regularly. I would like to get her a 120GB-128GB and I found a few for around $150. She doesn't have much money to spend so I can't really go above this price point.

of the following drives, which would you say has the BEST COMPATIBILITY & RELIABILITY.

Sandisk Ultra -

reviews look good but my worry is that it's sandforce based. I am going to be buying an SSD as my next upgrade and will be avoiding new sandforce controlled drives like the plague. This was launched well after the release of the 1222 controller it uses so I am curious if maybe all it's bugs are fixed and is now pretty reliable controller?

OCZ Vertex Turbo -

My thought on this one was it's an Idilinx Controller so it should be less temperamental than a sandforce.

Ocz Vertex Plus -

Seemingly terrible reviews but again, Idilinx as opposed to sandforce

OCZ Vertex 2 -

again sandforce, yikes. Not to mention bait and switch

Kingston SSDNow V100 -

Seen these around pretty cheap on sites other than newegg. I know it's a jmicron controller but it seems to be potentially bug free and decent performance.

I know there's a reason these are on the cheap cause the controllers aren't the best or are a few gens old but that is exactly why they are in my budget range...but regardless these would all smoke a 7,200RPM 2.5" notebook drive.

Which would you choose to have the best reliability as well an overall greater compatibility with more systems?

Thanks for your time
October 22, 2011 8:00:04 AM

MostHDD's have longer warranties with the manufacturer than the standard 1 year for the laptop - I would check this first and save some cash.

SSD's with sandforce controllers are some of the fastest SSD's around and generally are cheaper per GB than other makes.
October 22, 2011 8:17:04 AM

I thought of that but quite honestly I refuse to put a 5,400RPM into a laptop even if it is free :-P And why not go for an SSD for not much more than a 320GB/500GB WD Scorpio black 7,200RPM? It's a dual core w/ 4GB RAM, put in an SSD and this thing should last for a good while as far as keeping up it's performance.