I bought an SSD from Taobao months ago. It was on sale at that time. I thought it is a good deal. I paid RMB399. Convert it to CAD $75. Compared the price on Amazon.ca, $102.94. I did get a great deal.
I installed it on my desktop yesterday.
Look at what I got.
Quite easy. there is the place on the motherboard.
The PC I am using right now is more than six years. I checked my blog and found the post of flash the bios in Feb 2013. I did a search in my Gmail. Wow, I found the receipt which I made the order on NCIX. NCIX has closed for years already.
There are three items. All are running on my desktop now.
Kingston Hyper X KHX 1600C9D3K2/8GB (RAM)
Western Digitial Caviar Blue 1TB (HDD)
AMD A8-3870K Black APU Quad Core Processor and MSI A55M-P33 mATX FM! Motherboard (MoBo CPU bundle)
Now it is time to change HDD to SSD. I want to keep the system, data, everything on the HDD.
The original HDD on XPS 15 is Hard Drive 750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive.
The very first step is to clean my laptop.
Remove some useless programs and movies. Move one of the users’ data to NAS. Delete this user. Just keep one user, which is my daughter. The purpose of this step is to reduce the data to less than 240GB.
The second step. Install SSD into Nexstar External Enclosure.
The third step. Clone the HDD to SSD.
I connect the enclosure to my laptop through USB cable. Install the cloning software, or migration software, which is shipping with SSD.
When the cloning process finished, turn off the laptop. disconnect all cable and power.
I posted the test on my blog, but I have not recorded the purchasing. When I traveled to San Francisco, I will visit a computer store, Central Computers at downtown San Francisco. It is near my parents-in-law’s house. Compare with the price in Canada, it is cheaper and less tax.
Crucial MX300 275GB is the smallest SSD in MX300 series. There are also 525GB, 1TB, and 2TB.
The price on 275GB SSD box is US$75.95. Actually, it is on a sale of Back to School. The price after discount is $65.95. Sale tax is 8.75% in California. Total is US$71.72.
Let me check the price at NCIX.com. Regular price is $109.99. It is CAD$99.99 now. Sale tax is 12% in BC. Total is CAD$111.99.
Do a calculation. 1 US Dollar equals to 1.28 Canadian Dollar. So US$71.72 = CAD$91.80. I saved 19% on it.(91.80/111.99 = 81.97%)
Look outside and inside of Crucial MX300 275GB SSD.
The items inside are one 2.5 inch SSD, one 7mm to 9.5mm spacer, Acronis True Image HD certificate.
It is almost two years old of my Crucial BX100 256GB SSD. Now, I upgraded its firmware from MU01 to MU02. Then I did the benchmark test. The result is very clear that new firmware improve the performance.