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

  • 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


320 Series
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For


Form Factor
Memory Components
0.18 lbs.


Sustained Sequential Read
Up to 270MBps
Sustained Sequential Write
Up to 130MBps
1,200,000 hours


Industry Leading Technology
- Intel 25nm compute NAND
- Lowest $/GB for an Intel SSD
- Standard Form Factor for Desktops and Notebooks
- Standard SATA interface for Desktops and Notebooks

Advanced Features
- Enhanced Data Reliability and Data Safety: Redundant NAND Storage, File Write Protection during Power Loss.
- Full Disk Encryption via AES 128 bit Encryption Technology
- Enhanced power loss management

Superior Product Specifications
- Blazing Fast for all File Transfers: Up to 38,000 IOPS random 4 KB reads; up to 14,000 IOPS random 4 KB writes


Power Consumption (Idle)
100 mW Typical
Power Consumption (Active)
150 mW Typical
Max Shock Resistance

Manufacturer Warranty

5 years limited
5 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

Customer Reviews of the Intel SSDSA2CW120G3K5

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  • Goldie P.
  • 3/31/2011 10:59:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsFalse Advertising by Intel

Pros: Intel finally caught up to the competition in terms of read and write speeds for SATAII SSD's.

Cons: Encryption feature is misleading. Completely worthless. The password and the encryption are NOT connected. Google this (in quote) to understand what I mean "Intel 320-series SSD and FDE (Full Disk Encryption) questions". The discussion is over in the Intel forums. To sum it up, you still need software based encryption like TrueCrypt to be truly secure.

Other Thoughts: Pretty box...

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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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  • D 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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  • James H.
  • 5/10/2012 5:12:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFailed

Pros: Pretty fast. Looks neat, though it is not finished as well as in the pictures. Light. Sips battery.

Cons: Failed after 7 months of extremely light use in a laptop I leave at my girlfriends house so I can browse once in a while.
SSD probably got 24-48 hours of power on time before it failed miserably due to the 8mb partition bug. NOTE : THIS HAPPENED MONTHS *AFTER* UPDATING TO THE LATEST FIRMWARE THAT FIXES THIS ISSUE.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy

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  • Peter L.
  • 8/1/2012 10:48:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in 8 months

Pros: Yes is was fast till it died!

Cons: Did not live for 8 months. No warnings, just died.

Other Thoughts: The whole purpose of putting a SD drive into a laptop is to increase speed and reliability. Sadly this is non to reliable.

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  • Aaron G.
  • 9/18/2012 9:04:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Super fast drive when it worked

Cons: Had the drive for 6 months... worked fine. Then the dreaded 8MB bug on the newest firmware. RMA'd the drive received a new one and same thing again within 3 days of having the drive

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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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  • Anonymous
  • 5/10/2011 11:50:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad experience with Intel 320 120GB + Snow Leopard

Pros: Unfortunately, none.

Cons: I had problems installing Snow Leopard on my Intel 320 120GB. First time: super slow. Second time it went fine, but with many Kernel Panics. Tried for the 3rd time and now it's impossible to install Snow Leopard again. It says it can copy the files. I used different medias, different DVD drives.. Apparently I have a faulty unity. :(

Other Thoughts: They say it is a very reliable SSD. They say it is fast. Well, I had problems and my benchmarks weren't that good. Friend of mine just got a Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB and the benchmarks results were MUCH better than the Intel 320. And it's cheaper.

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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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