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Which budget 120GB/128GB SSD for Linux?

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I'd like to buy an SSD for my father's computer. He uses a 500GB 7200rpm (desktop 3.5") HDD but he has only 40-45GB stuff on it (incl. operating system) and never really had more or want to put on more, so 500GB is quite a waste (and even worse, now the drive now has 8 reallocated sectors, so I guess the drive is dying sooner or later - perhaps sooner... so a replacement is needed but I don't want to buy him HDD anymore); on the other hand he could use more speed. While I think a 60GB/64GB SSD would be a bit tight (and they are not very good capacity for money) a 120GB/128GB should be quite enough. I'm on a tight budget at the moment so I looking at the below ones in the £45-£60 range. Which of these is the best in terms of speed? I want something that is significantly faster than his present HDD, both read and write speeds (or maybe these below ones are all much faster than HDDs?). I will would consider other options as well as long as they are sold in the UK and they cost no more than £60 (even a 64GB I will consider if it is really fast) - please write link too. I'm not sure about the Samsung, I read it needs some software ("Samsung TurboWrite technology" althought this might not be a software but firmware and "Magician software" to have 410MB/sec boosted speed, otherwise you have only a not so good 130MB/sec write speed) and my father uses Linux. Are these Samsung technologies/software compatible with Linux? I am not worried about lifespand of the SSD (I have no problem with TLC) but I want something that has the "wow"-effect in terms of speed after migrating his system from the HDD to the SSD.

Kingston Technology 120GB Solid State Drive 2.5-inch V300 SATA 3
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Technology-120GB-Solid-2-5-inch/dp/B00A1ZTZOG/ref=sr_1_117?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1399753423&sr=1-117&keywords=ssd

Transcend SSD340 128 GB 2.5-inch SATA III Solid State Drive with Free 3.5' Bracket
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-SSD340-2-5-inch-Solid-Bracket/dp/B00HF8A2Z8/ref=sr_1_152?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1399753508&sr=1-152&keywords=ssd

SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 128 GB Pulse SATA 6 GB/s Internal 2.5-inch Solid State Device
http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDSSDP-128G-G25-Internal-2-5-inch-Device/dp/B007ZW2LY4/ref=sr_1_164?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1399753508&sr=1-164&keywords=ssd

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-120GB-Basic-Solid-State/dp/B00E391KA8/ref=sr_1_219?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1399754215&sr=1-219&keywords=ssd

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Definitely Samsung EVO.
You dont need any software for SSDs ,SSDs ,especially from Samsung's are PLUG AND PLAY.
Software that you heard of ,is kind of software that all manufacturers have ,just something to fill the package bundle.I by the way dont like those kind of software.
OR you can go with Crucial,both are the best for that money_
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT120M500SSD1-2-5-inch-120GB-Internal/dp/B00BQ4F9ZA/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1399763507&sr=1-2&keywords=ssd+crucial
Edited by Unit Igor - 5/10/14 at 4:14pm
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Thank you. In the end I bought one that wasn't even on the list, a Corsair Force LS - it was on sale :-) I hope I choose a good one :-)
    
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