Toshiba SSD PC Upgrade Kit 60GB

12/5/2012 2:52:39 PM

Toshiba delivers the complete solution for those wanting to move to SSD

If you have a slow laptop and you're running Windows Vista or later you can always switch to using an SDD, and give your computer a much needed kick in the pants. That's the logic behind the SSD PC Upgrade Kit by Toshiba, available in a 60GB capacity reviewed here, along with larger 120GB and 240GB flavors if you need them.

Description: Toshiba SSD PC Upgrade Kit

Toshiba SSD PC Upgrade Kit

Inside the small retail package is a 2.5" silver SSD, a mounting kit for installation in a 3.5" desktop PC drive bay, all the SATA cables you'll need and an adapter that allows you to connect it to USB for the file transfer.

Using that last item along with software Toshiba also kindly provides, you can take an existing system and easily migrate it over to the SSD, before physically replacing the drive. Doing this isn't the easiest exercise, but at least Toshiba tried to make it as relatively painless as possible.

If you're converting a desktop PC, you'll have SA TA connections to speed that data movement up, but exchanging a laptop drive using the USB method will take substantially longer. However, this is something you could leave running overnight, assuming you have time the next day to pick up the pieces if it fails or succeeds.

What is assumed by the kit is that your system will fit into 60GB, the majority of which probably won't without some judicious pruning. That's another task you might want to factor into your time allocation for the job.

On the box art Toshiba proudly proclaims that the drive can read at 557MB/s and write at 526MB/s – claims I was keen to test. Benchmarking this on the fastest desktop PC I could find, using SA TA 6Gbps connections I managed just 488MB/s reading and 472MB/s writing. That's less than what Toshiba quotes but still blindingly quick, and any system that you convert from a physical hard drive to this solution will be noticeably quicker.

Description: Fast SSD drive with all the extras to transfer easily

Fast SSD drive with all the extras to transfer easily

For those without SA TA 6Gbps ports, the best you'll experience is about 250MB/s either reading or writing, so the justification for this investment would be less.

What I liked about this solution is that it had everything you'd need to shift, without needing to find software or needing a free desktop PC when you have a laptop drive to convert.

I think you still need to be technically minded to use it, and there might be a few hiccups with some copy protected software that may want to be reactivated.

So where does it not deliver? There aren't many places, unless you can't imagine shoehorning your system into 60GB. If you can, though, the drive is competitively priced, and the extra hardware and software it comes with should seal the deal. The 120GB and 240GB drives are marginally cheaper per gigabyte, if you need more space and can afford them.

The arrival of products like this from Toshiba is the strongest indication we've yet seen that the conventional hard drive era is coming to a close, and soon we will all deploy SSD drives to speed up our systems. mm Mark Pickavance

Fast SSD drive with all the extras to transfer easily



$108, 120 GB for $207, and 240 GB for $305.




Required spec:

SATA port








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