Samsung's Series 8 SSDs Are Designed For Your Parents

Now that all of our computers are much faster thanks to solid-state storage, it's probably time to start thinking selflessly and gear up those around us so that they can enjoy fast boot speeds, too. But being the IT guy for your family sucks, right? Thankfully, Samsung understands, and has released a new parent-proof SSD kit.

Samsung's 830 SSD series comes in storage variants ranging from 64GB for $129 up to 512GB for $899, but if you want to get your folks off your back, you can spend a little extra and get a do-it-yourself mounting kit that presumably anyone could have a crack at.

The SSD bundle pack includes a laptop or a desktop kit that comes with everything you need to install a new SSD. A 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch drive bay bracket, all the necessary cables and, if you're getting a Notebook kit, a USB to SATA cable.

These kits come at a $30 premium on top of the SSD you choose. That might just be worth it to get you out of a Saturday morning of tech support.



    I think the part parents will have problems with is opening it up, taking bits out and replacing them, closing it all up, and then installing the OS.

    This addresses none of those issues.

      Really? You don't think your parents every repaired the lawn mower or vacuum cleaner or worked on their own cars? If my Dad was still around he'd be 87 and at least as capable as anyone of replacing a HDD. After all, despite being an accountant, he built the house I grew up in and taught me how to remove, dismantled and rebuild the engine in my first car. Hell, I'm probably older than your parents.

        My dad can, since he is a tech head, he built a computer from components (ie electrical components, and a soldering iron) back in the early days, my mum however still has trouble with email, she wouldn't dream of doing surgery on a PC.

          The problem with alot of older people is that many may have not touched a computer since the 80's/90's and still think they are complicated and also, alot of the oldies are used to switches and buttons having one function and can be hard for them to rap their head around the fact that 1 button can be used for many, many different things. What I do, with older people, is compare the structure of an computer to something they can understand (like mechanics, plumbing etc).

            On the other hand, there are many oldies who know alot about computers and technology. And also, it's funny to note, that a majority of gamings world records are held by people who are middle-aged or over! Aging is not a sign of stupidity - it's an sign of Wisdom.

        You can't underestimate that generation though. Some of them are just anti-technology and are clueless when it comes to anything remotely tech related. My mother up until recently barely knew how to use a word processor. It sounds silly, but it's completely true. My father's a little better admittedly (probably because he's exposed to it more through his job), but if you opened up a computer and asked him to show you where the hard drive was, he still wouldn't be able to tell you.

        im 20 and this is how i was brought up.

        My dad cant even figure out how to change the tv input back to foxtel if its been set to dvd or the gaming input. Ive showed him atleast 100 times and yet he still cant figure it out.

    I think what would be a good inclusion for an SSD "starter-kit" would be a piece of software that can check what OS you're running, set up the SSD for that, then clone from an existing SATA HDD to the SSD (provided space is available).

    Was a pain in the arse to clone my 80Gb SATA HDD to an SSD, you have to format it correctly first, and then use Acronis to clone. If there was a all-in-one tool, would make the takeup that much better.

    I know that starting fresh with an SSD is a good idea, but there's a lot of people out there who won't want to do that.

    A bit dumb indeed and even the prices don't reflect reality, as I bought a Samsung 830 128GB for $142 about two weeks ago. Also, Intel supply exactly the same sort of kits with their latest 330 and 520 drives, if one needs them. Nothing new under the sun here.

      you got stung, my 830 128gb came in at $125.

        $126.50 for me. Though I managed to get it wholesale.

          you can get them for that price at both msy and umart here in brisbane.

            Retail outlets sell hard drives at a loss because it brings traffic into the store. The same way Harveys' sells iPods at a loss, because they get you in the door and looking at all the shiny things.

              If you've been to msy or umart you probably wouldnt say that, they dont have stuff on display to purchase you have to order online and then be prepared to be treated like crap when you go in there.

                I've been to an MSY in Perth, and used to work for a competitor, so I understand what you're getting at. But if I tell you that you could get $25 off an item just by buying somewhere else, you'd still check out the website right? It might not be a physical store, but it still worked to get you into a place where you can see all the deals. Losing $5 a sale on an SSD is nothing when 2 out of 5 people buy a new case, or more RAM, or something similar with a $20 markup. The underselling makes up for itself in other purchases.
                It's a proven tactic.

                  haha yeah you got me on that, I bought more ram, figured while I'm there and since I'll have my system open anyway.

        Did that include GST?

    I have the Samsung 830 128GB SSD and it is brilliant.

    They may be faster, but heck, 1$/Gb is pretty expensive these days, when you can get a 1Tb drive at 10c/Gb. This is kinda like in the "good ole days" when my first 128Mb (yes, Megabyte) USB key cost $200! Or the 2Mb expansion RAM from Kingston i.e. aftermarket, cost $400.

      realist you are looking at this wrong, SSDs dont replace traditional drives they serve a different purpose, its like saying why would I buy a separate gpu when my motherboard has it built in for free? It's about performance SSDs are used primarily for running your OS and applications while the traditional "10c/GB" drives are primarily to store data. Why have new multi-core processors and fast ram etc and have a massive bottle neck trying to run your OS through what most now view as a "data drive".

      Replacing a system drive with an SSD is the single greatest speed increase I've ever seen out of upgrading PC components.

      I'll happy have a 128gb SSD in my laptop and keep the rest of my stuff in a Server or NAS. I really don't need to keep terabytes worth of music, movies and pictures on me at all times, and if I could be bothered I can stream it all over the internet from my server anyway.

        Same here, I recently took the plunge on my desktop pc and a week later had to do the upgrade for my 3 year old macbook pro and it's now snappier than a brand new one with a mechanical drive.

    Anyone else's who are simply defeatists? Mine are. 'Here mum, I got you a slide / film scanner so you can put all your old slides onto the computer and email them around.'

    7 years past and it still isn't opened.
    me - 'Mum, how come you haven't used your scanner?'
    mum - 'it's too confusing'
    me - 'you haven't even opened it yet'
    mum - 'yeah, the thing with that is......
    (runs away, gets in the car, squeels the tires, then I hear a plane flying overhead). Sigh.

    Why should I pay 130 for a 64GB Samsung drive when I can buy OCZ's Agility 4 series 120GB drive for about the same price.. Or pay 99 for their Agility 3 series drive.

    Nice to hear some non-ageist comments here. I'm a grandfather (my daughter delights in reminding me I'll turn 70 next year) and just built a hackintosh myself - my fourth. Yes I used a SSD and yes it's incredibly fast. Photoshop loads in 4 sec.

      lol i tell my mum her age in months when reminding her of it

    the engineers and scientists that feed our tech greed are probably a lot older than you think.

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