What to buy with SSD

By Jskid
Jul 19, 2014
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  1. I'm buying my first SSD and I'm planning on the Samsung 840 Evo.What do I need to get in order to actually use the SSD? For example is it required I get some sort of adapter to hold it in the case? Do these usually come with a SATA III connector? Anything else I should know about/check?
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,044   +2,547

    The 2.5 SATA data and power connector is the same as 3.5 SATA data and power. There is no difference between SSD and HDD data and power connectors. Some cases come with 2.5 inch drive mounting. If you don't have a case that will accommodate 2.5 inch mounting, you will need a 3.5 to 2.5 mounting bracket.

    The only brackets that will have SATA connectors are designed for externally removing the drive. The brackets usually just hold the drive and then you connect data and power which is separate from the bracket.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2014
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  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    All the connectors are included and the computer case has the brackets to hold the drive.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2014
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,044   +2,547

    Some purchases do not come with a 3.5/2.5 bracket and most cases do not support 2.5 mounting. I had to buy a separate bracket to mount my SSD. How can you say that unless you know which case the OP has?
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    True true.
  6. hopgop1

    hopgop1 TS Enthusiast Posts: 157   +23

    I've had my eye on the Evo for a while now and I'm pretty sure it doesn't come with a SATA connector.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    All of the SATA connectors actually come with the motherboard. When I posted above I guess I was really tired xD.
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    You need a SATA2/3 cable, and a SATA power connection cable free on the PSU. A mounting kit is not required, as the SSD has no moving parts. I just place mine gently in a safe spot (one of them is upside-down on an angle inside case, actually).
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  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    Some people put SSDs vertically for style also.
  10. dansharp2014

    dansharp2014 TS Rookie

    I don't know if you've been watching but, Samsung has released the new 850 model with a ten year warranty. About the same price!
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  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,414   +301

    I wouldn't recommend it though. If you use older SATA cables that don't have the snap-in clips, they could come loose if you are just sitting the drive down (e.g. if you move your PC). The power connectors don't have a clip at all iirc. Bad SATA I/O connectivity can wreak havoc on the stability of your system.

    Sure 99% of the time you don't move your system. What about the 1 time you do and you don't remember you left the drive sitting free in the case?
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Oh yeah, I agree. I just stated what's required. SATA3 cables and a secure mounting point are nice optional extras.
  13. bluejolls

    bluejolls TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +7

    You need to get trim support on Motherboards with Intel chipsets and you don't want to enable AHCI before you load Windows and you still want to check and make sure that automatic defrag is turned off.
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,414   +301

    Not sure why you wouldn't want to enable AHCI before loading Windows. It is a pain to inject the AHCI drivers post fact.

    The other stuff - agreed.

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