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Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW160G3K5 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • 2.5"
  • 160GB
  • SATA II
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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 www.intel.com/go/ssdtoolbox.
  • 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 www.intel.com/go/ssdinstallation. 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.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Kamilo A.
  • 2/25/2014 10:50:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsApple Mac Owners stay away!

Pros: Fast when it worked.

Cons: I've owned this drive for the last few months and this is the biggest waste of money. You will loose your data and you will not be able to recover from this drive. Do yourself a favor and just buy another brand drive, I cannot believe that this firmware 'bug' can cause so much damage. If you have a Mac, you CANNOT update the firmware using the Intel Update Tool. I've spent countless hours trying to boot from other computers to update this drive and it complains about S.M.A.R.T compatibility or not being in IDE compatibility mode. Both of which are enabled, yet this drive just does not want to be repaired.

Other Thoughts: This is the last Intel drive I will ever buy, and I suggest that you do the same.

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  • Norman D.
  • 7/11/2013 2:48:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSOLID - Solid state drive

Pros: HIGHLY reliable drives... compared to the other brands.

Cons: Maybe not as fast as some other brands... but speed is the last thing you want to worry about with an SSD.
Reliability is KING and this drive is proven.

Other Thoughts: I have owned 5 Intel drives from 2 to 5 years now (this one for 3 years) and ALL of them have been perfect.
Just had a crucial die on me after 2 years.
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The most important factor in buying an SSD is reliability.
You can sleep well knowing your computer is running one of these.

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  • Adam K.
  • 2/17/2013 11:28:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis drive spoiled me

Pros: Like the title says, I'm spoiled rotten. The 10,000 rpm HDD in my other computer seems to crawl along after experiencing this thing. Installation into the case and as a Windows boot device was a breeze. I use it as a boot drive but have a few programs like my internet security suite and Firefox on it. My games, pictures, music etc. are on magnetic platter hard disks. Windows loads obscenely fast. I wanted a SATA 2 SSD and couldn't be happier with this.

Cons: I haven't had any issues or problems with this drive.

Other Thoughts: I found a Windows SSD tweak guide on an SSD forum and used a number of those tips to optimize the drive for performance and longevity. I know it's not the fastest SSD out there even for SATA 2 but the performance difference between this and my aforementioned 10,000 rpm HDD is night and day.

My system's other hardware:

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Antec 900
650w PSU
P5N32-E (LGA 775)
Core 2 Quad Q6600
8GB DDR2 800
2x 250GB HDD's in RAID 0
X-fi Fatal1ty Gamer
GTX 560Ti 448 Cores

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  • John S.
  • 8/30/2012 9:27:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointing product, excellent service

Pros: Drive made my wife's laptop much faster. The OS loaded in the blink of an eye, and Photoshop and other apps were equally quick.

Cons: Drive was purchased on 11/25/11. That drive failed with the 8MB bug in the middle of March, and a replacement was issued (with a $25 cross-ship fee). That drive then failed due to a different issue on 8/29/12.

Other Thoughts: Intel has provided exemplary customer support throughout both failures. Fortunately we have a 2TB NAS that we back everything up on, but drive failure is still a disappointment. The first drive was replaced overnight, and Intel is providing a full refund since I had two failures within a year. Won't be buying another SSD from them anytime soon, but they will continue to get my business for processors due to their courtesy and consideration.

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  • Carrie B.
  • 8/12/2012 8:43:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice and Quiet, but freezes

Pros: Quiet and fast when it works as expected please read my cons below.

Cons: Freezes often, with a regular HDD I could tell when the drive was doing a lot of things by hearing the loud spinning. However with this one is very quiet which is great but it seems to have spells at which it freezes when doing ANYTHING even things as simple as sending email in my email client. Yesterday, I was just copying and pasting text and it was hanging up constantly.

Other Thoughts: This is my setup, not sure if it can't support the drive or what.

EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Thermaltake W0131RU 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600

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  • David C.
  • 8/5/2012 5:53:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIntel 8MB Brick

Pros: Excellent warrenty period.
Nice accessories kit that comes with the drive
Speedy performance

Cons: Failed after half a year due to the 8MB brick bug that the Series 320 drives exhibit.

Other Thoughts: This 8MB bug is a killer since you lose all your data on the drive. Will probably look towards a Samsung drive next time.

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  • robert v.
  • 7/31/2012 7:30:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsLike a Rock

Pros: Solid as a rock. Removable spacer for thinner laptops.

Cons: Not the fastest drive out there, but still way faster than an HD for 95% of tasks. Kind of expensive.

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  • Dimiter S.
  • 7/21/2012 8:54:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as Expected

Pros: Very fast and silent!

Cons: A bit pricey but you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: It works as it should, what more do you want from a hard drive (SSD).

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  • David W.
  • 7/19/2012 2:59:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIntel 320 still has (brick) issues

Pros: It's an ssd and it performs extremely favorably to platter drives in everyday use. No need to elaborate here. I have not owned any other ssds so no comment on performance in its own sector.

Cons: I have had two drives fail:
Failure 1 @ 6 months; ssd not recognized
Failure 2 @ +2 months; ssd bricked @ 8.4 MB unformatted

I was about to start the RMA process with Intel once again but decided to search for other reports of 320 failures; turns out the original firmware has a known issue and the latest firmware still allows failure of the same nature. Failure is related to power failure to the drive. On a comsumer PC that's an inevitable situation. Between tearing my Mac down and restoring everything / working off my platter backup until I get the new drive in hand I say forget it. I am requesting a refund from Intel. I'll give the Cruical M4 512GB a shot; it seems to be well received by Mac and PC people alike.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure other intel drives are favorable to this. Otherwise they might as well exit the ssd business :)

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  • John C.
  • 6/8/2012 8:31:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsquite and fast

Pros: Quite. Never need to hear my laptop spool up the hard drive.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I accidentally ordered the desktop transfer kit instead of the laptop kit. Make sure you pay attention when you order

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