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My aunt recently bought a laptop for my cousin and having seen the difference an SSD made in my laptop, they now really want one too. The only thing is their budget is strictly $75 (including shipping) and no more. I've found an Agility 3 and a Pyro which are both under $70 after rebate (I'm willing to pay the $15-$20 over their budget and get the rebate for myself). I have no personal experience with the SF-22XX drives and haven't really kept up with how the firmware updates have effected the BSOD issues.

Would it be unwise to pull the trigger on one of those? I'm hesitating because they're not tech savvy and I don't want them to start having issues with it a few months down and not know what to do.

I also saw a Torqx 2 for under $70, but if I recall correctly from the reviews, it's practically not that much faster than the VelociRaptors.

Are there any of the more reliable SSDs (laptop is SATA II anyway, so those are fine) that are available in that price range?
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Do they have a 2nd HDD slot in the laptop? If not you know for that price they won't have much room left on it after windows is installed.
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post #3 of 33
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I'm fairly certain there isn't one. I forgot to mention 60GB will be more than enough. She only uses it for school work (no storage or games, etc).

From the reviews on some of those SF-2281 drives, it seems like a rather small minority seems to be having issues after the new firmwares, but I worry if it's just a matter of time before they start having BSODs too.
Edited by Faraz - 2/10/12 at 3:51pm
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post #4 of 33
They are pain in the @&s to update the firmware on that is for sure. Grab the Agility 3 if you want, it should be OK, you may need to RMA though, some still give trouble even with the new firmware.

Only thing reliable is the M4 or C300 or Intel 320 @ that price...if you can find a Crucial C300.

$85 M4: http://www.buy.com/prod/crucial-m4-64gb-2-5-sata-iii-solid-state-drive-ssd-ct064m4ssd2/221150371.html

$10 It is worth it in reliability and ease of updating firmware and support.
post #5 of 33
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Yeah, I almost want to be generous and put in $10 and get them the M4.

Unless some crazy deal comes along on a 320 or another of the SATA II drives, that's probably what I'll end up doing. Definitely don't want to risk RMA as that'll be such a hassle for both of us. They live about an hour away from me and she needs the computer for school daily.
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post #6 of 33
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Are there any reviews of the OCZ Petrol yet? Or does anyone here have experience with them?

I'm thinking it'll still be such a huge improvement over your typical 5400 RPM laptop drive, maybe I should just get them one of those and they'll still have $5 left over.
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post #7 of 33
I agree with Sean, get the Crucial M4 64GB. It's well worth it for it's speed and proven reliability. Believe me you don't want to deal with OCZ's RMA process, they are slow and will deny your RMA if you didn't buy from an authorized reseller. I bought a Crucial C300 64GB for my brother in law and it is the fastest SSD I've ever used. It boots so fast the Windows 7 animation doesn't even have a chance to finish. thumb.gif
Edited by Ben the OCer - 2/14/12 at 8:53pm
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post #8 of 33
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I know! I have an M4 and am fully aware of how awesome they are. thumb.gif

I'm being a cheapskate and trying to avoid putting in money of my own towards this as long as I can but also don't want to get them something that'll randomly fail in a month.

Maybe if I delay a bit more, someone somewhere will have the M4 for $75. *fingers crossed*
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post #9 of 33
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Are there any reviews of the OCZ Petrol yet? Or does anyone here have experience with them?
I'm thinking it'll still be such a huge improvement over your typical 5400 RPM laptop drive, maybe I should just get them one of those and they'll still have $5 left over.

Best thing to do is go to the OCZ support forum here.

Seems like there is a lot of issues with the Octane/Petrol series already.

I've had my one OCZ product and support experience for this lifetime. Once is enough thank you. smile.gif
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post #10 of 33
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Thanks.

Yeah, screw it. Placing an order for the M4 today.
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