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Intel 320 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2CW120G3K5

  • 2.5"
  • 120GB

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Intel Solid-State Drives (Intel SSDs) just got better. The next generation Intel SSD 320 Series offers built-in data protection features, better performance, larger capacities and more value for your money. Built with 25 nanometer (nm) compute-quality Intel NAND Flash Memory, the Intel SSD 320 Series accelerates PC performance where it matters most.

  • newegg World-Class reliability – better by design The Intel SSD 320 Series features new industry leading, compute-quality Intel 25nm NAND Flash memory manufacturing processes and an advanced architecture that employs 10 parallel NAND flash channels equipped with multi-level cell NAND flash memory. With powerful Native Command Queuing that enables up to 32 concurrent operations, the Intel SSD 320 Series delivers outstanding IOPS and throughput performance that drastically outperform traditional hard disk drives. The Intel SSD 320 Series also features low write amplification and a unique wear-leveling design for higher reliability; meaning Intel SSDs not only perform better, they last longer.
  • newegg Superior built-in data protection features The Intel SSD 320 Series contains built-in features to protect your data from external threats and internal system snags. Pre-configured Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption capabilities give you peace of mind that your personal data is secured by advanced encryption technologies in the event of theft or loss of your computer. Additionally, two new data protection features guard your data from an unexpected system power loss or a faulty NAND array.
  • newegg Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer The Intel Solid-State Toolbox with Intel Solid-State Drive Optimizer provides a powerful set of management, information, and diagnostic tools to maintain the health of your Intel SSD and optimize performance to "fresh-out-of-the-box" levels. The FREE Toolbox also includes the System Configuration Tuner that will configure your system to take full advantage of your SSD performance. Download the Intel SSD Toolbox at
  • newegg Start Solid-State Computing with Intel The Intel Data Migration Software helps you install an Intel SSD. With minimal steps, this tool clones the operating system and files from a hard drive or SSD to any Intel SSD. The FREE Intel Data Migration Software supports Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, and XP and is available for download at In addition, a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket is included with the SSD for compatibility with standard desktop hard drive mounting.

Learn more about the Intel SSDSA2CW120G3K5

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years
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  • Nohot m.
  • 3/11/2012 2:37:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBricked by the 8MB bug

Pros: none

Cons: This drive is garbage, don't buy it. One crash or power loss and the drive is permanently bricked.

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1 out of 5 eggsBad Failure Rate Avoid This Drive

Pros: It works as advertized until it randomly bricks itself.

Cons: Repeatedly bricks itself due to firmware glitches and turns into a 8MB brick. You can google "intel ssd 8mb" and read all the posts.

Intel doesn't provide any support, they ask you to secure-erase your drive to restore functionality. Of course that implies loss of ALL information on the drive.

Other Thoughts: Avoid this drive and any 320 series if you want reliable storage.

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  • Linda M.
  • 1/31/2013 9:17:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs8MB Brick after 6 months

Pros: Fairly fast when new. Intel brand.

Cons: Intel 320 Series SSDs Affected by Firmware Bug That Causes Data Loss.
These SSDs drop in capacity to just 8MB and lose all the data that is stored on them.
Intel knows of this problem. Intel Utility Toolbox is useless to help after this failure.
Not worthy of even 1 egg.

Other Thoughts: When a rotating drive fails, you have a good chance of getting much of your data off the drive.
When an SSD fails, you can kiss it goodbye.

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  • Kyrylo N.
  • 1/31/2013 8:51:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDies in 6 months - 8MB, BAD_CTX 00000130

Pros: Fast

Cons: Dies after 6 months of average usage.
BAD_CTX 00000130. All the data is completely lost.
Latest firmware, good power supply, etc..

The only good thing - returned this to Intel and they've sent me complete refund of the original purchase price.

Once again - never trust anyone. Including Intel...

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  • Fabien T.
  • 2/25/2013 7:52:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid this SSD!

Pros: Intel name and expected QA... until now.

Cons: Reliability! BAD_CTX 00000130 bug.

This destroy all your data instantly.

There is a way to recover the data but the procedure is not public.

Intel is not very helpfull to recover the drive and the data when this happen. Very disappointed to have paid a premium for average quality and service.

Intel toolbox was useless for the secure erase.

I used Ubuntu linux with hdparm to recover the drive (not the data) as the recovery wipes everything.

/dev/sda is my ssd in here:
sudo hdparm -I /dev/sda
sudo hdparm --user-master u --security-set-pass pwd /dev/sda
sudo hdparm -I /dev/X
sudo time hdparm --user-master u --security-erase pwd /dev/sda

Other Thoughts: I have many OCZ (vertex, Agilyity 3) and Corsair Force drives. All off them are running for months in daily use.
One of the refurbished Corsair force (sandforce based) was crashing and needed an enhanced erase. This fixed the drive. All data was readable so nothing was lost.

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  • Tracy C.
  • 12/21/2011 5:54:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy this drive!!!

Pros: Made by Intel

Cons: Randomly freezes for 50-90 secs. No solution in any forum or firmware update. TRIED THEM ALL.....

Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive because of the Overall Rating on newegg. Big Mistake.

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  • Scott K.
  • 3/31/2013 8:28:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNow Dead :-(

Pros: This device worked well initially.

Cons: I have had this unit just over a year. Now it will make a decent paperweight or coaster.

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  • Rory M.
  • 5/21/2012 6:44:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood drive, until it failed

Pros: I took advantage of a rebate on this drive and got myself into the SSD revolution back in October. I loved the performance boost I saw on my laptop and was able to live without a ton of space by moving my larger files over to an external hard drive.

Cons: Well, this morning I came into the office to find my system at a black screen stating "Invalid system disk". Figuring I left something in one of the memory card slots, I double checked everything and rebooted - same message. Turns out, I got hit with the "8MB bug" you'll read about in comments on this drive. Keep in mind, I had the latest firmware installed and used the SSD Toolbox to keep the drive running optimally. Now I am waiting for Intel's phone support to open up so I can call and try to get this fixed.

Other Thoughts: As long as downtime is not a big problem and you keep adequate backups, this drive is fine. If you need any type of reliability, don't buy this drive. These types of data problems are absolutely unacceptable in an enterprise class storage device.

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  • William A.
  • 9/1/2012 5:17:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNo Response from Intel

Pros: If you go by the old saying you get want you pay for.
For a 120GB the price is very high so you should be getting the best SSD out there.

Cons: The number of failures at this price range is very bad. What very strange is no response from Intel reps. They do have a lock on CPU but there not the only one selling SSD Drives . I paid the high dollar for this drive because of there Name and Reputation of Intel.

Other Thoughts: I will stick with there CPU but that all. I spend my money else were.

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  • Kyrylo N.
  • 10/19/2012 8:43:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPiece of brick

Pros: Fast (as usual for SSD)

Cons: Suddenly dies after 6 month. All data is lost.
Google for "BAD_CTX 00000130".

Avoid Intel 320 series like plague!!

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