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Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) 2.5" 250GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2MH250A2K5

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  • 2.5"
  • 250GB

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Launch fast. Land safe. Take responsiveness to new heights with a 6Gb/s Intel Solid-State Drive 510 Series and experience fast SATA sequential performance. By combining Intel's leading 34nm NAND flash memory technology with SATA 6Gb/s interface support, the Intel SSD 510 Series delivers sequential data transfers of up to 500MB/s. Available in a 2.5 inch form factor, the Intel SSD 510 Series makes desktops, workstations, and notebooks come alive by transferring more data in less time - expediting storage I/O and unleashing system performance!

  • newegg Amplified performance that outperforms Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) Featuring the latest generation SATA 6Gb/s interface with advanced architecture employing eight parallel NAND flash channels equipped with multi-level-cell compute-quality Intel NAND Flash Memory, the Intel SSD 510 Series (250GB Model) delivers exceptional throughput, sequential read speeds up to 500MB/s and sequential write to 315MB/s - dramatically outperforming traditional HDDs, even two SATA 6Gb/s 10,000 rpm RAIDed hard disk drives!
  • newegg Solid State means rugged, lower power Unlike traditional hard disk drives, Intel Solid-State Drives have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly rugged storage solution that also offers faster system responsiveness. Boot time, application launches, file loads, sleep recovery, benchmarks; each activity is faster with an Intel SSD 510 Series device. Designed to satisfy the most demanding gamers, media creators, and technology enthusiasts, the Intel SSD 510 Series brings high performance storage and reliability to notebook and desktop PC systems.
  • newegg Proven support – SSD management tool suite 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 hard drive mounting.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 7/27/2012 12:59:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFailed after 9 months

Pros: The drive is very fast and works great - while it lasts. I like the SSD toolbox software that lets you run optimizer and diagnostics. Drive doesn't require periodic firmware updates (or updates at all) - just works.

Cons: The drive is failing after just 9 months of use (just like the reviewer before me). Mine did not die outright but I'm getting random freezes (requiring forced shutdown/restart) and it sometimes fails to boot. I'm lucky that it was functioning well enough that I was able to image the drive and transfer the data to a new SSD.

9 months is ridiculous for how much this drive costs. The price premium Intel charges is unjustified.

Other Thoughts: I understand that drives fail and SSD is relatively new technology even now after a few years. But Intel charges a huge price premium because of their brand and reputation for reliability. And yet this drive died after just 9 months like any of the other much cheaper brands. The sole reason I went with Intel is because I didn't want to worry about the drive dying after a year. Well, it didn't even last that long. The only other drive I've ever had fail was an old hard drive that lasted 9 YEARS.

The fact that the 510 has a 3yr warranty vs the 320 with 5yr warranty should say something about how much faith Intel has in 3rd party controllers (Marvell in this case).

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  • Greg G.
  • 7/17/2012 1:11:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied faster than regular drive

Pros: I loved the speed. Got a fast score from Windows 7

Cons: , but it died in 9 months. That's too fast for me and too expensive to have dud out like that. Of course I expected for the huge amount of money that it would last longer than that.

Big Bummer.

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  • Geoffrey S.
  • 5/10/2012 8:03:59 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNow, its reliable

Pros: I bought this drive in March of 2011, and it died after just a few days. I exchanged it for a replacement from NewEgg, and the replacement died about 5 months later. I RMA'd dead drive #2 to Intel and paid Intel's $25 rip-off fee for cross shipment (seriously, extracting $25 so the customer won't have to wait several weeks is wrong). I've now been using drive #3 since July, and I've had no problems.

The major pro here is I have not just one, but THREE really cool little bumper stickers that came with each drive. Also, the drive is very fast, and seems to run just as quickly as it did when I first setup Windows on it. I'm a professional software engineer, and totally hammer this drive every day by compiling very very large projects (100's of well-known pieces of software from a large software company) and also run heavy-duty database software on it.

Cons: Cost per GB has come down during the past year, but it’s still very expensive. Intel's 5 year warranty is overall excellent when compared with competitive drives. However, as I mentioned previously, if it breaks you have to pay Intel $25 for cross shipment, or in the alternative, wait several weeks for them to receive the dead drive and send a replacement.

When reading other's reviews, pay attention to how long they have owned the drive. Too many people write reviews declaring that their new sold-state drive is "smokin'HotFast' after using it for just one day. Most SSD drives are very fast when compared with a mechanical drive -- that's a given and not particularly useful in a review. The big question about any SSD drive is, is it reliable? Does it freeze or stutter? Does it have issues with a given computer's bios?

Reviews from those who have owned it for at least a few months are the ones that are truly useful.

Other Thoughts: If I had it do over, I would buy a 320 series rather than this drive, only because I discovered my computer does not support SATA III, so I am not getting the benefit of the S.III fast read/write times this is capable of. Its backward compatible to SATA II, and it’s still *much* faster than a mechanical drive.

From my prior review: "Manufacture's published mean time between failures is very misleading. Hardware manufacturers do *not* define MTBF to mean how long, on average, the device will last, but they know that is how the layperson interprets it, which is why they publish it. Everyone should completely ignore the claimed MTBF, as its true meaning is complicated and we need much more data about their study (that they never provide) to draw any conclusion at all. It’s not useful to compare this figure from one drive to the next either, because each manufacturer defines it differently, and a manufacturer can setup each study differently from model to model.

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  • Joshua W.
  • 1/24/2012 2:42:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCrazy Fast!

Pros: Connected to a 6GB port, this SSD hard drive is crazy fast and lacks nothing in performance. I chose the Intel brand not because of price (obviously), but because of quality.

Cons: This hard drive is a bit expensive compared to others at this speed/size.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/18/2012 2:28:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: FAST. This thing out-performs my raid10 array (on four fast 2TB drives) by a factor of two.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Expensive, obviously. But it's very nice.

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  • Jason L.
  • 1/10/2012 11:03:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLenovo T520 + Intel 510 = 40 second warm boot

Pros: It is fast (unless you reboot it in a Lenovo laptop) and large enough to be used for the intended task.

Cons: Lenovo T520 + Intel 510 = 40 second warm boot delays due to an incompatibility with Lenovo's Thinkvantage Active Protection Sensor Diagnostics.

Basically, on warm boot, it hangs at POST displaying Thinkvantage Active Protection Sensor Diagnostics for 40 seconds before continuing to boot.

Look, I really don't care who is responsible. Somebody at Lenovo or Intel needs to address this issue.

I am completely tired of seeing documented issues such as this one all over manufacturer's sites and other forums only to have NO RESOLUTION AFTER 7 MONTHS.

I now have a whole department with a big public presence that will get to explain '40 second warm boots' to any that are curious.

Other Thoughts: If this issue sees resolution from either manufacturer, I will return and increase the rating.

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  • Mike S.
  • 1/10/2012 7:46:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable Drive

Pros: This SSD has been very reliable, no problems at all so far. I also like Intels SSD toolbox, it has many options to monitor the drive as well as SSD optimizing options. I bought this drive approx. 6 months ago. I used HD Tune to check performance both then and now. When new I tested it both on a Marvell 9123 6Gbs controller and the Intel ICH10R 3Gbs controller and received 485mbs and 250 mbs respectively running W7 x64. I ran it again last week with a fresh OS install and I also used the SSD toolbox to do a secure erase before re-installing windows and now I am receiving a max of 300 mbs on the Marvell controller and 225 mbs on the Intel. It has slowed down somewhat but mostly on the Marvell controller (latest drivers installed). I still like this SSD and would purchase again. It is much slower at least on the benchmark tests than a OCZ Vortex 3 which I also owned.

Cons: My biggest reservation is of course price. The benchmark performance may not be the best but in real world use I don't think that makes all that much difference.

Other Thoughts: I chose Intel because of their reputation for reliability. The 510 series SSD has not let me down so far. As I said earlier the other brands may offer higher performance, some almost double but I still prefer the rock solid reliability Intel SSD's provide.

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  • Jendl I.
  • 12/20/2011 7:03:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

Pros: Fast Really Fast

Cons: My SATA controller doesnt appear to use this drives' full potential

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  • Randy P.
  • 12/13/2011 12:03:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBack peddling now

Pros: Okay, even though Intel has a fairly obscure RMA process they did handle my RMA quickly and the return was pretty fast.

Cons: I still think Intel needs to build in an RMA process on to their web site instead of leading you through multiple pages until you find the phone number to call.

Other Thoughts: In any event they got me a new SSD quickly and thats what matters. They did not make me jump through hoops like some companies do.

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1 out of 5 eggsBSOD total crash

Pros: Fast!

Cons: BSOD followed by total failure of all data on SSD. Now unable to boot Windows 7 from SSD and all data lost!

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