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Goldenfir 60GB SATA III SSD $26.53 USD (~$33.78 AUD) @ AliExpress

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32GB Goldenfir SATA III SSD - $18.26USD ~$23.25AUD
60GB Goldenfir SATA III SSD - $26.53USD ~$33.78AUD
120GB Goldenfir SATA III SSD - $40.23USD ~$51.23AUD
240GB Goldenfir SATA III SSD - $61.04USD ~$77.72AUD
480GB Goldenfir SATA III SSD - $110.05USD ~$140.13AUD

The likely first reaction most ppl will have to this post is there's no way they'd trust their data with a no name Chinese ssd. And I'd say I'd be the same, till I saw this video https://youtu.be/_n8Foung0Bs

I have placed an order for a unit to upgrade my parent's 2006 Dell D620 laptop. I figure for $33 bucks it'll be a perfect upgrade rather than let it go unused and collecting dust.

My trust in Chinese brands have improved greatly over the years with DJI, Xiaomi, Tronsmart, Blitzwolf and others all shining examples of top notch quality and value. Hopefully Goldenfir will be a brand that joins that list. NOTE: These are the amongst the most sold SSD on aliexpress and consistently rated highly so I guess there's some safety in numbers too.

Other SSD sizes are available but I think 60gb is perfect for the D620 or any other old machine you might have.

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  • My first reaction was it's to small to be much use.

    • That's what she said.

    • Your first reaction is wrong. 60GB is fine for most machines. Obviously not big enough if you plan to use your machine to do everything.

      • 60GB = Windows installation + 1 modern game.

        • FFXV is pretty modern, not gonna fit, i think windows plus an indie game

        • Yes. Not everyone is installing Fallout 4 on their computer.

          It fits Windows plus several normal sized applications that nearly every person uses.

        • I don't think so. For example for what i can remember that Battlefield 4 Premium takes up over 50GB of space and it's not that modern. Imagine what space on a hard drive that more modern games + DLC take up. I've seen modern games that alone take up nearly 100GB of space.

          60GB SSD just isn't going to be enough for any serious gamer just no where near it. I've been running into some space restraints with games even on my 256GB SSD.

        • @hollykryten:

          Games and their poor developers don't have any relevancy here. Just because some game developers are (profanity) bad at their job doesn't mean it's normal.

          60GB SSD just isn't going to be enough for any serious gamer just no where near it.

          Gamers are a small market.

          I've been running into some space restraints with games even on my 256GB SSD.

          That's not because you're running out of space, you're just useless at managing your space and time it seems.

          You don't need to chunk up your SSD with 80% games. Just uninstall the ones you don't use.

        • @StoneSin: >because some game developers are (profanity) bad at their job doesn't mean it's normal.

          Nope, you just don't know how stuff works. Textures take up space. You cannot compress them them further without massive increases in CPU usage and loading time.

          The entire 83GB FFIV compressed to only 79GB using NTFS native compression which indicates they compressed things about as much as they could.

          Gamers are a small market.

          Hahahahahaha.

        • I'm struggling with the 32GB built in on my NUC. I have added a spinning disk and will need to reinstall onto that at some point. The killer is Windows bloody Update. It won't use anything but the system drive its files, and keeps bloody failing in a loop when it doesn't have enough space. Barely managed to get Fall Creator's on but now there's been an onslaught of security fixes.

        • @syousef: Try Windows XP guarantee no update for a long while ~~ LoL

        • @dlovep:

          A NUC won't even run 7 or 8. 10 is the only OS supported. I've heard people have gotten Linux to run.

        • @Diji1:

          Nope. I know how stuff works.

          You cannot compress them them further without massive increases in CPU usage and loading time.

          Texture compression isn't the issue here.

          Hahahahahaha.

          You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. That's a shame.

        • @syousef: Depends on model, my BRIX works on Windows 7, 8 & 10. I tried with USB Linux that boot fine.

        • @dlovep:

          I have a NUC6CAYS. NUC6 and above are win 10 only.

        • @syousef: That's on board eMMC, the only work-around might be mklink/junction for download or temp folder. Mine one GB-BXBT-1900 from OZB deal many months ago…

        • @dlovep:

          mklink/junction are tricky. I use them for my media directories all the time, but for system files you just never know what will and won't be able to use them. Will the junction be available at all stages of an upgrade process or for recovery? I certainly wouldn't expect such tinkering would be supported. You also have to be quite careful when deleting them. Some utils follow the junction and delete everything at the original location.

        • @auir: nice found ~~

        • @auir:

          Thanks. I do know how to stop and restart Windows Update. And I'm well aware that I can make a junction. I do not know if the use of junctions will work for all updates, or what the availability of those junctions looks like during a major update like Creator or Fall Creator. The solution given is a nice workaround but it's not something that's supported or advised by Microsoft and if you hose your computer doing it, you're on your own.

      • After Windows, some spare room for updates, chrome being chrome, and the family pictures?

        60gb don't do anyone much of anything these days.

        • Why are you putting family photos on a OS ssd?
          EDIT: And chrome eats ram, not HDD space. My chrome folder is taking up like 400MB

        • Wrong. 60GB is fine.

          You'll be looking at about 40GB free space to work with, which is more than enough for most computer users.

          and the family pictures?

          If you're buying an SSD to put family photos on, you've already lost everything you could ever gain from an SSD.

          Used a 120GB SSD for about 4 years when they were a good size. Still haven't thought it's too small. 32GB on the other hand…

        • 60gb, can't even back up some phones to that.

        • @StoneSin:

          Would you like the full story of my hell on a NUC with 32GB? Mind you even after I've added a 1TB HDD, Windows won't put it's updates anywhere but the damn system drive.

        • @kyzahh:
          Chrome eats everything- ram, CPU, HDD, Windows task scheduler. Shit, it even causes my GPU to spaz sometimes.

        • @syousef:

          No. Whoever put 32GB drives into laptops needs to be shot. I don't care how cheap and small they are.

        • @garage sale: You don't back up phones to SSD drives. That's like saying "some sports cars can't even pull trailers!"

        • @StoneSin:

          I agree. I'd say the same about 60GB too though.

        • @StoneSin:
          Actually 32Gb makes perfect sense for a couple of my laptops which are older but I still need the software that's on them. Running things like puppy Linux mind you :)

          Even got one for a emulated arcade project I did for someone.

        • @K1LL3R12: Should try a PI.

    • Rubbish.

      I use a 60gb SSD in my Ubuntu Server as primary boot drive - it uses about 5gb for the OS. All my other files are stored on HDDs. It boots in less than 10 seconds.

      • Anyone who thinks 60GB is not enough for a computer to run efficiently on is either really ignorant or just doesn't understand the scale of most applications that are used today.

        A gamer kids PC or a work PC is not your average machine and of course is not included.

        • Uni student here and can guarantee 60GB is nothing once you factor in updates and software for uni.

        • Windows update can swallow almost 10GB (including temp files) in a single update. You then have to find the right magic to remove those temp files. And if you only have 4 or 5 GB left the update will loop attempting to install but failing. Not fun. 60 GB SHOULD be enough. And if you don't want to add any software or data, sure. But I'm struggling with 32GB even for a media PC!

        • @nurries: No. It definitely is something.

          updates and software for uni.

          with that factored in you still have room.

        • @syousef:

          Yes. That's why you have 4 times more than Windows update requires.

          60 GB SHOULD be enough. And if you don't want to add any software or data, sure.

          No. It is enough, with software and data.

        • @StoneSin:

          Which if you can't add another disk means you'll be limited to a handful of apps.

        • @syousef:

          Which if you can't add another disk means you'll be limited to a handful of apps.

          Yes. That's the point of a computer. To use a select few applications. That's what most users do. Some don't even use applications.

        • @StoneSin:

          That is how YOU use a computer. That doesn't mean there is no other correct way to use one. facepalm

        • @StoneSin:

          No, it's definitely not. Maybe 60GB was enough in 2005 but not in 2018. Install OS + updates + Office + Endnote + various smaller programs (Chrome + extensions, Sublime) and then an IDE and you're already out of 60GB. The only way 60GB is fine is id you're using the PC to send and receive emails and basic word processing.

        • @syousef:

          No, that is how the majority of users do it.

          You can argue with fact all you want, you'll still be wrong.

        • @nurries:

          No. It is. 60GB has been enough for the last 10 years and it'll probably be enough for the next 4 or 5.

          Install OS + updates + Office + Endnote + various smaller programs (Chrome + extensions, Sublime) and then an IDE and you're already out of 60GB.

          Why would the average user have an IDE? Is that a joke? You're basing it off everyone installing Visual Studio?

          The only way 60GB is fine is id you're using the PC to send and receive emails and basic word processing.

          That's fine. You're wrong though. 32GB is fine for that.

        • @StoneSin:

          It's not enough, quite simple lol
          Ask any student that isn't doing an Arts degree and you'll get the aame reaponse. The fact your opinion on 60GB being enough is so strong is hilarious at best. Maybe it is to you, but not to 90% of PC users.

        • @nurries:

          Why would I ask a select few people.

          I don't think you understand what a majority is.

          It's okay. You're wrong and it's clear you're not ready to understand that you are. I am not going to waste any more time teaching you.

        • @StoneSin:

          Lol ok. Keep thinking 60GB is enough in 2018 when even phones are starting to tend towards a 64GB mininum + Micro SD support.

        • @StoneSin:

          I didn't spend my money on a computer to use it "how the majority of users do it". I don't give a flying rat's behind if others don't want to install software. My portable apps directory alone is 20.8 GB and I copy that onto every computer. Most computers also get some portion of Cygwin put on them as well. If you're arrogant enough to think computers only get used one way or that only people who use them as dumb terminals matter, that's your issue. Most users wouldn't know half the Windows shortcut keys either, nor know how to code, nor store terabytes of DSLR images. I literally don't give a damn what you think or how you think I should use my computer.

        • @nurries:

          Phones aren't PCs buddy. Strange that I am the one who's telling you this.

        • @syousef:

          I didn't spend my money on a computer to use it "how the majority of users do it".

          Good. So spend more money and get a bigger drive.

          I don't give a flying rat's behind if others don't want to install software.

          Neither do I, I'm just stating the facts.

          My portable apps directory alone is 20.8 GB and I copy that onto every computer.

          Yes.

          that's your issue

          Yes. Me being right has always been my issue. You being wrong has always been your issue.

          Most users wouldn't know half the Windows shortcut keys either, nor know how to code, nor store terabytes of DSLR images.

          Yes. Glad you agree with me.

          I literally don't give a damn what you think or how you think I should use my computer.

          I never said how you should use your computer. I'm telling you 60GB is more than enough to use.

        • @StoneSin:

          My point is exactly that you should spend more money and get a bigger drive.

          You have got to be trolling. Nothing else fits.

        • @syousef:

          My point is exactly that you should spend more money and get a bigger drive.

          Which has no relevance to the fact that 60GB is fine in most circumstances.

          Ah the ol' "you have to be trolling" last resort.

          That's cute. Thanks for admitting that I am right, but that you're just in perpetual denial.

        • @nurries: maybe UNI Student cannot be considered as "Normal" consumer … :)

          To me, 60GB is more than enough if you only using it for browsing, or as a media center where all your media is stored in either NAS or Cloud

      • Let's not use linux as an indicator of whether 60GB SSD is enough. It's not enough for Windows. I still have one - its purpose is to just to test whether a PC will boot (Windows 10) or not. Don't forget that you want to save at least 5% (preferably 10% of SSD space, otherwise it can keep on writing on the limited number of blocks repeatedly).

        The scary part of the youTube video is that the reviewer got an USED SSD.

        • No, it's enough for Windows and Linux.

          It's enough for dual boot Windows and Linux.

        • @StoneSin: Explain this then. I have a SSD which is currently running Windows 10 with just 2 additional applications. It is already using 67GB. How do I clone that drive to this 60GB, and then put Linux on to dual boot? SSD is not just about OS. If you cannot put any of your commonly used apps on the SSD, it defeats the purpose of using one.

          My phone has more phone memory than this SSD.

        • I was pointing out a potential use.

          Perhaps you're right, it's not enough for windows. Fortunately, I don't use windows so this isn't a problem for me.

        • @Xiongmao: Linux and server? That's really cherry picking an example.

          Also, honestly, for a server, I would recommend a well known brand SSD. A server normally runs 24x7.

        • @netsurfer: I can't explain your poor use of space.

          No it's enough for windows. Just not Windows and a bunch of AAA games or Windows and a bunch of workdesk programs.

        • @StoneSin: It's not enough for most people (it is enough for you). One AAA game for 2016/2017 can take 50GB. We are NOT talking about AAA games here (those people are after 1TB SSDs - don't assume gamers have zero idea; they know very well). Thinking that a gamer would be looking for a 60GB SSD just shows complete disrespect to gamers. After just Windows 10, you are essentially left with 30GB. Why would a gamer playing AAA games bother with a 60GB SSD? That makes zero sense.

          Also, your assumption is incorrect (I can and I do have 60GB SSDs with Windows 10 installed, I bought them years ago, and I gave one away for free 3 weeks ago). You already indicated your use is not like general public. You already shown that using 60GB SSD is about minimising disk usage and that's the essential problem. This assumption that general public have no idea what they are doing is completely incorrect. The fact is, general public have more realistic expectation of technology and more demanding use of SSD. The use of SSD is to help you save time. Spending time figuring out the best way to squeeze more data into a small SSD is a waste of time for people - and they are correct. We are talking about less than $50 more to move to 128GB SSD (even that is below average in today's standard). SSD makers don't even care about 60GB now, a single flash chip with just 60GB for SSD is a joke for manufacturers (they need to make 1TB+ SSDs). It is a common mistake for technical people to feel general public are wrong and don't know how to utilise SSD. The reality is that general public have a higher expectation of technologies and 60GB SSD is just not worth bothering to them. If a technology product is junk to them, they'd rather not bother with it.

          60GB SSD is outdated, tech savy people should not be recommending people to buy them (even retailers don't bother selling new 60GB SSDs now). OP already mentioned that he posted other SSD deals. Tech savy people need to be up to date with general public. It's better to be at the frontier, rather than finding ways to take more advantage of older technology. Forward thinking. IT products depreciate so quickly and get replaced so quickly.

        • @netsurfer:

          I'm not going to read that. Your entire first paragraph is moronic, so I'll just estimate that the rest is.

          As it stands, the fact is:

          60GB is more than enough storage on a computer.

          You can remain wrong if you want, that's your choice and you're allowed it. But you can't change the facts.

        • @StoneSin:

          The general consensus here is that you're wrong and we're right. Accept it and move on. You're acting like a toddler.

        • @nurries:

          That's not what a general consensus is. There is no general consensus here.

          You can remain wrong if you want, that's your choice and you're allowed it. But you can't change the facts.

        • @StoneSin:

          You're so stubborn and ignorant it's laughable. I feel sorry for the people around you.

        • @StoneSin: Retailers here don't sell 60GB SSDs anymore. The price point where 60 GB SSD used to occupy 3-4 years ago is now occupied by 128GB SSD.

          I bought 2 60GB SSDs 3 years ago. It was a mistake buying them. It was already painful using them back then. All 60GB SSDs are subpar in performance due to the flash design. 2018 now, let's leave 60GB behind. Apple laptops and desktops started with 128GB minimum since 2012. Surely PC users can do the same 6 years later. People should really look for 250GB SSD or better for general use.

        • @nurries:

          ignorant

          Yes. That is hilarious.

        • @netsurfer:

          Retailers here don't sell 60GB SSDs anymore.

          They don't sell many things. This is irrelevant.

          Again, your post is going on about something that is completely irrelevant to the discussion. Why even bother typing paragraphs of information when they don't adhere to the discussion? I'm not reading them until they do.

        • @StoneSin: 60GB not enough. My work laptop used 149GB. That's pure work. Only relevant project files are stored on the laptop.

          If 60GB SSD is enough, why do major SSD makers stop making them?

          Also, a big Windows update will eat up a fair chuck of storage. Fall creator update wants 20GB free disk space.

          How about editing some small 1080p movie files from my mobile or camera? The whole point of the PC is to do some more complicated work. If it's just Web surfing, then just use a tablet.

        • @netsurfer:

          60GB is more than enough storage on a computer.

        • @StoneSin: Not enough. 60GB is not enough storage on a computer.

          My family PC (no game, no movie) used by general, non IT people is already up to 160GB.

          Also, why can't people store some of their files on SSD? If only files approved by you can be stored on SSD, what's the point of getting it? This notion of SSD space can only be used for certain files is flawed.

          People are starting to treat SSD storage as preferred storage and HDD are slowly becoming archive storage.

          You guys need to wake up. We have doctors visiting OZB. This 60GB is so great is a big joke.

        • @StoneSin:

          60GB is more than enough storage on a computer.

          Mate, you don't get it. For the sake of your love ones, don't punish them with 60GB SSD. I don't know why my family members used 160GB (and I don't care). I don't want them to separate files and store some in SSD and some in HDD. Children doing assignments, just chuck everything on the SSD. Instead of 256GB SSD for their next PC, I am going to put in a 512GB SSD. They are worth it.

          Personally, I feel it is worth it for you to use a larger SSD - even though I don't know you. Your time saved (rather than keeping an eye on the storage usage) is worth more.

          You are more than welcome to disagree, but other people should be free to express their opinions.

        • @StoneSin:

          60GB is more than enough storage on a computer.

          Not according to you. Not enough to even + vote for this deal. You don't believe it is worth a +. Even if you + vote this deal now, it is too little too late.

          The thought of putting a 60GB SSD on my i7 laptop… eww….

        • @netsurfer:

          No, according to me:

          60GB is more than enough storage on a computer.

      • Anyone who thinks 60GB SSD is enough for general public is really living in a cave.

        1. Disable virtual memory on the SSD, constantly keeping an eye on temp files and log files generated by Windows is not what people want nowadays.
        2. The fact that a major Windows update requires additional 20GB (as indicated by Microsoft) can be completely ignored just to claim that you get nearly 40GB free is again, living in a cave.
        3. a 60GB SSD is actually 56GB using OS's gigabyte calculation (all hard drive and SSD drive makers cheat). You should also try to keep 10% of SSD storage free so it is really just 50GB. Take 20GB out for OS, and 20GB out for major update, you are basically left with 10GB. Okay, fine, you want to use up to 100% - 16GB free (and that's with ZERO user app).

        I use a 60gb SSD in my Ubuntu Server as primary boot drive. All my other files are stored on HDDs.

        That actually means 60GB SSD is not enough. Any time you use a HDD, you are making a compromise and that means you don't have enough SSD storage (so you "put up" with HDDs). Don't bother with movie files don't need that fast speed argument. Copying large files between hard drives is a pain. In fact, SSDs excel in transfers of large files.

        SSD makers still have a long road ahead. We want SSDs at current HDD prices. We want more, we want things to be faster and better ALL THE TIME. We are humans. If we can get a 4TB SSD at the price of a 4TB HDD now, we will buy one now.

        As for only professionals need large SSD storage, that's a mistake tech savy people often make/assume. The truth is we ALL want unlimited SSD, just we cannot afford or justify spending that much money.

        Tech savy people: if you still believe SSDs should only be used in certain ways, you are too far behind general public. You are still living in a bubble of the ability to use 60GB SSD as a primary drive is a great achievement. 3-4 years ago maybe that's okay. Today, people think that you are wasting time. iPhone 8 already starts with 64GB minimum and that was released last year.

        When I changed the family PC's storage from HDD to SSD 2 years ago, no one in the family was that impressed - because they already had exposure to smartphones and tablets. It was at that moment I realised that they put up with HDD (instead of complaining to me) for quite some time. It was me who was lagging behind. Tech people can sometimes over appreciate technologies. SSD speed is currently just normal speed for general public.

  • But there's no way they should trust any other SSD with their data …

  • Perfect for putting just PUBG on.

  • +2 votes

    60gb perfect size for an old device? Yeah start factoring in any applications, or updates and you're full…

  • I've seen a review on YouTube somewhere saying this use older micron nand chips. So basically a crucial mx300 underneath.

    • There is a huge market of second hand NAND flash chips reclaimed from discarded devices in China. The reclaimed chips are usually used in cheap USB sticks and etc, but some of these devices may also be using them. If they are using older NAND chips in these SSDs, there is a possibility that they are using reclaimed NAND chips in these devices.

  • lol 60 gig after format and a windows 10 install you would be left with 0 free

    • +2 votes

      W10 x64 is only 20GB.

    • so weird. Windows 10 takes up 20gb for 64 bit systems. Are you sure you know what you're doing?

      • He dono.

      • my windows 10 folder is 56 gig, 20 gig might be a fresh install no updates drivers etc.

        go get one to use for your c drive, be getting drive full in a few days!!

        56.7 GB (60,955,078,342 bytes) 135,710 Files, 24,506 Folders

        • I think 32GB is about the absolute minimim before you start running into issues with updates etc.

        • my windows 10 folder is 56 gig, 20 gig might be a fresh install no updates drivers etc.

          My Win10 installation that is several years old is 26GB. There are several reasons why yours might be larger than normal.

          WinSXS folder is a common reason. There is also the CBS Log Bug which has become increasingly prevalent. I always see 120GB SSDs getting filled up because of this bug. It's not restricted to Win7 either.

        • No. Your lack of cleaning your PC doesn't mean it's too small.

          The same way a big house filled with junk isn't too small.

      • My NUC is eating up 22.2 GB (23,848,430,453 bytes) just for C:\Windows
        C:\Users is 2.25 GB (2,421,922,029 bytes) for me and my wife and 2 kids.
        So out of my 32GB that's over 24GB before you add in program files.

        A single windows update can require 8-10GB while installing. So I'm stuffed.

        I have a 1TB HDD installed as well. Windows update won't touch that.

        60 is better than 32. But if it's your only storage, you won't be doing much with the machine.

        • 30GB free space is a lot of free space.

        • @StoneSin:

          I thought the number was 640k…except that it's an urban legend and Bill Gates never said it.

          Stop trying to ram you idea of how people should use computers down people's throats. No one cares what some random dude on the Internet thinks they should be doing.

        • @syousef:

          Stop trying to ram you idea of how people should use computers down people's throats.

          You keep going on about this.

          No one is telling you how to use your computer mate.

      • Well, I have a fresh Windows 10 install on my NUC, the drive reports 32.8 GB. Don't just check the folders, that would get a much lower value.

        This SSD will be reported as 55.8GB by the OS (not to mention Windows 10 would reserve some for some extra / reserved partitions).

        Even if you are willing to tolerate 60GB SSD (I just gave a 60GB SSD away 3 weeks ago - way too small for me), the price per GB for this deal is subpar (and I am being nice).

        • Peeps, I added the prices for ssd sizes upto 480GB. No point debating if 60gb is enough for someone else, if they need a larger size then buy a larger size.

        • @Vietsoldier: There are generally two issues with these:

          1. Reliability - The youTube video was posted 1 month ago. Warranty is also a big question mark. From comments, there were already people received DOA drives. One of the reviewer's drive appeared used.

          2. Speed - You might think the 60GB review showed great speed, but the 240GB speed provided by a buyer (from his/her comment) was shockingly bad, much worse than the 60GB's result from the youTube reviewer. 240GB SSD performing worse than 60GB SSD in Crystal DiskMark is really dodgy (i.e. they simply put garbage flash memory chip on larger SSDs).

        • @netsurfer: the problem with honing in on specific reviews is that they do not give a complete picture on reliability. I'm sure even the best branded devices there will be defective items that run slow out of the box. The YouTube reviewer says the same thing.

          I acknowledge this brand to have an unknown track record, however the fact it is the #2 highest selling and reviewed ssd brand on aliexpress with a 4.9 star rating overall is a good indication that Goldenfir may be a legitimate up and coming ssd company. Me sharing this post and only highlighting the 60gb unit is cause I think for $33 it's worth the punt on seeing if goldenfir is upto scratch.

          For others they'll make a judgement call on what they want to do, because clearly goldenfir prices are very good but reliability is still unknown. With all Chinese imported gear, make sure you test it thoroughly upon receipt to make sure there aren't any problems. And again the YouTube gives some excellent advice around this too.

          Anyway I'm glad I posted this up, it's generated heaps of discussion either way. And anyone with a good or bad experience with Goldenfir can comment here.

        • @Vietsoldier: Thanks for posting! 60GB would be perfect in a desktop. Have it as a dedicated Windows drive and a larger SSD for other programs. Could also go old school and make this a cache drive.

          A well known budget Chinese brand of SSDs to look at would be KingSpec who have an Aliexpress store. I purchased a M.2 SSD from them last year and it works beautifully. Particularly when there weren't many 2242 sized on the market.