The Elusive Kingston SSDNow 40 Gb Solid State Drive

by Bharat Suneja

Kingston SSDNow V Series 40 Gb driveI’ve been waiting for the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40 Gb solid state drive (SNV125-S2/40GB).’s ‘ShellShocker deal’ of the day— $84.99 (after a 20 dollar rebate), and free shipping. Unfortunately, they seem to be perpetually sold out! Shortly after the drive went on sale on Nov. 9th, indicated it was sold out. The site informed me the drive would be in stock on Nov. 11th. Not to be deterred, I selected the option to be notified by e-mail when it’s in stock again, hoping to buy it the instant I get a notification. The notification never arrived, and this morning showed the drive was sold out again! A quick call to NewEgg revealed the drive’s status went straight from showing an ETA to sold out. doesn’t accept orders for out-of-stock items. Which begs the question— was the item ever available? The rep wasn’t able to confirm if they did in fact restock it or not, and doesn’t provide an ETA on this item any more.

Kingston announced the drive recently, and tech blogs have been buzzing up the deal for days. The drive promises amazing performance gains (170 MB/sec sequential reads! Although the 40 MB/sec sequential writes seem to be a tad underwhelming in comparison, random writes should outpace hard drives.) and is intended to be used as a boot drive to dramatically reduce system boot times. Early reviews have been promising enough, and the price makes it hard to resist.

If you’ve been able to get hold of the Kingston SSDNow 40 Gb or a similar drive and taken it for a spin, do share your SSD experience.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous November 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

It was available around midnight PST on the 11th. I was able to order one.


Anonymous November 20, 2009 at 5:50 am

Surely you don't take an SDD drive 'for a spin' anymore…? :-)


Solid state hard drives January 18, 2010 at 2:24 am

I bought an SSD and installed it in a laptop. First off, I should say that it was only an 8 GB SSD, and that was dear enough. I installed it in a Compaq m200, which is quite an old model, but in many ways a fantastic little machine. I installed Windows 2000, which is quite happy in such a small drive. I expected this ageing machine to be transformed – to run for longer on its batteries, to be quicker and quieter. I have to report that I’ve hardly noticed any difference.


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