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

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  • 2.5"
  • 120GB
  • 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.

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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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
8MB Bug

Pros: It was a cheap SSD drive at the time of purchase

Cons: Buggy. All data was lost and it is now recognized as an 8MB drive

Other Thoughts: I'll never buy Intel again

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good

Pros: Performance and stability are very good.
I have newer drives today, but this SSD is still going strong in another PC.

Cons: Only 3 Gbps SATA.
120GB is a little small if you want to have several games installed.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Lost all Data

Pros: Fast initially, than slowed down (should have been my clue)

Cons: Unable for Windows or Linux to recognize ( trial in three systems)

Other Thoughts: Had been using Crucial SSD without problems for years. Thought that Brand Name Intel might be better. WRONG. Used lightly for 20 months since Jan 2012 in Dell Netbook.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Bad egg

Pros: SSD speed. Affordable. Quiet.

Cons: Google this drive. You will find a software stability issue with this Intel SSD. There is a fix, but it doesn't fix the issue 100%.

I owned and used this SSD for about 3 years. Whenever I entered a low power state I would get a BLUE SCREEN and memory dump. Eventually the problem progressed and I was getting BLUE SCREEN at random other times while actively using my computer. I reinstalled the OS and had the same problems again almost immediately after the re-install.

Other Thoughts: New Egg still rocks with super fast shipping and in general they have my trust and respect.

This drive looked good from the New Egg reviews, however, I recommend doing your homework via a Google search about potential issues with a piece of hardware before you make the purchase.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
1/ 5
Now 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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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
1/ 5
Avoid 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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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
1/ 5
8MB 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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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
1/ 5
Dies 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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