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Intel 320 Series 160 GB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive

by Intel

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160 GB
  • Unlike traditional hard disk drives, Intel Solid-State Drives have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet
  • Designed to satisfy the most demanding users and technology enthusiasts, the Intel SSD 320 Series brings high-performance storage
  • Random read performance of 39,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS)
  • Couple that performance with random writes of 21,000 IOPS
  • The Intel Data Migration Software clones the operating system and files from a hard drive or SSD to any Intel SSD.
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Technical Details

Size: 160 GB
  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model: SSDSA2CW160G3k5
  • Hard Disk Size: 160.00 GB
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac, Unix, Linux
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Product Details

Size: 160 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.7 x 4.7 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004UG3YU8
  • Item model number: SSDSA2CW160G3k5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 25, 2011

Product Description

Size: 160 GB

Intel Solid-State Drives 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.

What's In The Box: SSD in ESD Bag with security label. 3.5” desktop bracket with screws and screwdriver. Desktop cloning kit. CD, “speed demon” sticker, installation instructions. 5-pack “over-pack “ box.

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Customer Reviews

Now it boots in less than 30 seconds.
ckong
Adding an SSD drive is one of the best performance enhancements you can do for any computer.
JJCEO
Highly recommend if cost is not too big of an issue.
MCO

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Charles W. Houseworth on June 3, 2011
Size Name: 160 GB Verified Purchase
I put this drive into my new 15" Macbook Pro (early 2011 edition, i7 Sandy Bridge processor) to replace the stock 500GB drive. The user replacement, which does not void the Apple warranty, took all of about 15 minutes and that was mostly because of having to remove and then replace 10 screws on the back of the Macbook Pro to get access to the drive bay. Restored from Time Machine, and I was in business. I had read a lot about these Intel SSD drives, but I was still surprised by how huge the change is in boot times, application loads, etc. My OSX system boots in 13 seconds. My Windows 7 VM session running under Parallels boots in about 20 seconds. Large applications, even Photoshop CS5, open and load in a few seconds. The computer is wonderfully responsive and it even seems to run a little cooler as well. Bottom line, I love this drive. It changes the entire computing experience. Granted, I have had it in for only a day or so, but thus far I am extremely impressed.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alphastar on September 3, 2011
Size Name: 160 GB Verified Purchase
So this would be a fantastic product if Intel's responsiveness, attitude, and sensitivity regarding Customer Support issues would change. Customers have been reporting these issues on the Intel Series 320 for months now...

I just had mine Blue Screen, S.M.A.R.T. error (imminent failure), reboot to Win7, "SMART 8B End-to-End Error Detection Count" in red in Intel Toolbox, freeze, then DIE. Current output from Linux hdparm v9.37 is:

Model Number: INTEL SSDSA2CW160G3
Serial Number: BAD_CTX 0000013F
Firmware Revision: 4PC10302

Intel has released, and re-released, a firmware fix that seems to have mixed reviews. Unfortunately, if you ALREADY HAVE the problem (as I have, above) your only recourse is to send it back to Intel (via RMA) or initiate an ATA Secure Erase to recover read/write ability and LOSE ALL OF YOUR DATA (direct quote):

"What should I do if I have already experienced this issue?

If you have already experienced a drive failure or encounter this problem before the firmware update was released, please contact your Intel representative or Intel customer support (via web<...>or phone:<...>) for an SSD replacement. An alternative option is to use the Intel ® SSD Toolbox or similar tools to perform a secure erase in order to restore the SSD to an operational state; all data will be erased. After secure erase, update your SSD with the new firmware. The firmware update will not recover user data.

Background:

For users unfamiliar with the issue, an Intel SSD 320 Series drive may exhibit a drive capacity of 8MB and an electronic serial # field containing a message of "BAD_CTX 0000013x" due to an unexpected power loss under specific conditions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Albert B. Chen on September 6, 2011
Size Name: 160 GB Verified Purchase
This SSD is extraordinary fast! If you use it, you're not going to get back to HDD.
However,there are few things that you might want to be aware of.
Currently some people have reported their Intel SSD suddenly loses all its storage capacity (remaining only 8MB),
Intel has update the SSD firmware to version FW 0362 to fix this problem, and it will be fine then.
Download site:
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Instructions:
1. Always remember to back up your system first, I went through it smoothly, but who knows its going to crash or not.
2. Download the firmware and burn it into a CD or DVDrom.
3. Restart and boot it using CD or DVDrom.
4. Press "Y" for yes a couple times.
5. Wait for instructions to tell you to restart, and it'll be finish.

Another thing to be mentioned is the warranty, this version of SSD has Intel's lifetime warranty (meaning that you could always change a new one if its broken), as long as your "Media Wearout Indicator" does not falls to "1".
The Media wearout indicator is a indicator that tells you how many percent of the memory is OK. So if you're using torrent stuff like crazy, your wearout indicator might decrease fast, and if you break down at "1", it's basically out of Intel's warranty.
So try to use it as a system drive so that you're not overloading it lots of write/erase process. Using it as a system drive is basically just reading, and it will not let the wearout indicator drop. You can monitor this number by using the Intel SSD toolbox.
Download site:
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Mann on July 20, 2011
Size Name: 160 GB Verified Purchase
i had the drive in my mac pro for two months, restarted the computer last week and the drive registered as being unformatted and 8.4MB, after talking to intel i was told this is caused by the memory on the SATA controller being corrupted. because the SATA controller chooses where data will be written based on a very complex algorithm to evenly use the drive and prevent one section from wearing too fast it is completely impossible to recover any data without the map which was corrupted. from online research it appears many people have had this problem, some even multiple times. i highly suggest staying away from this drive, your data is not safe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joelog on May 16, 2011
Size Name: 160 GB Verified Purchase
Put this in my 2008 White MacBook. Installation was incredibly simple. Just restored from a Time Machine backup.

It took only 4 minutes to create thumbnails for my 25+ gigs of iMovies videos (previously took over 30 minutes). Boots up in about 25 seconds.
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