Samsung and Symantec Become BFFs and Announce SSD Upgrade Bundle

The cool thing about having friends is you know they'll have your back (and loan you money). But with Samsung and Symantec hooking up BFF style, these best buds promise to have your back when it comes time to upgrade your slow-as-molasses mechanical hard drive to a smoking fast Samsung 470 Series solid state drive (check out our review here).

Samsung said its 470 Series consumer SSDs now come bundled with Symantec's Norton Ghost 15 backup and restore software. This is the full version too, and not some gimped trial. Using the included software, Samsung and Symantec are making it easy for enthusiasts to migrate their existing system data by making an exact copy of the HDD.

"SSDs have long been the drive of choice for power-users, but 2011 is the year they are entering the mainstream. Their speed, reliability and energy savings are simply too compelling to pass up," said Reid Sullivan, senior vice president of mobile entertainment marketing, Samsung Electronics America. "With this new software and desktop installation kit, we’re making it easier for consumers to experience those benefits by simplifying the SSD installation process."

The new bundles are available now in 64GB ($120), 128GB ($230), and 256GB ($460) capacities. Add $10 to each for versions with an upgrade kit that includes an aluminum 3.5-inch mounting bracket, SATA and power cables, and installation screws and instructions.