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Intel 320 Series 2.5
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1 out of 5 eggs Intel 320 still has (brick) issues 07/19/2012

This review is from: Intel 320 Series 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2CW160G3K5

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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Display Name: David W.

Date Joined: 10/13/05

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