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UPDATE Re Expensive But Worthwhile 08/12/2012
This is an update/follow up on a prior review. See Other Thoughts below.
After almost 1 year of operation in a laptop, the SSD unit died.
Laptop does not boot and SSD is not recognized. When hooked as an external drive, the 600 GB unit shows as a raw unallocated drive with only 7 MB capacity.
I had the latest firmware installed, so if this a recurring "Bad Context 13x Error" (which was supposed to have been fixed), it could be trouble. Will discuss with Intel support and update.
Pros: All the benefits of SSD (blazing bootup time, much faster application access, Outlook fast launch, etc.) combined with 600 GB of storage space. This upgrade brought my aging HP Elitebook 8530p laptop back to life.
Cons: Paid $1,119 for 600 GB of storage -- early adopter premium. Could have brought another laptop with this sum. Need we say more?
Other Thoughts: Was nervous about the reported "Bad Context 13x Error as seen on select Intel® SSD 320 Series drives."
Downloaded and installed Intel's 8-17-2011 firmware update before installing the SSD into the laptop. Firmware update process was a pain in the neck, but completed without problems.
Intel firmware is available here: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363
The SSD unit is working great (so far) -- Knock on wood. All in all, a highly worthwhile (albeit expensive) upgrade that will definitely and materially impact productivity, for the better.
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