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

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  • Unlike traditional hard disk drives, Intel Solid-State Drives have no moving parts.
  • Couple that performance with random writes of 21,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 165MB/s to unleash your system.
  • Random read performance of 39,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read performance of 270 megabytes per second (MB/s)
  • The Intel Data Migration Software clones the operating system and files from a hard drive or SSD to any Intel SSD.
  • The free software supports Microsoft Windows 7, Vista and XP
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Size: 160 GB

Technical Details

Size: 160 GB
  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model: SSDSA2CW160G3B5
  • 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: 2 x 5.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004T0DNOM
  • Item model number: SSDSA2CW160G3B5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 28, 2011

Product Description

Size: 160 GB

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

What is an SSD, and Why Is It Important?
Processor
The "brains" of the PC that performs key operations
Memory
Provides temporary storage for instructions and data
SSD
Provides ultra-fast storage for applications and data
Graphics Card
Processes graphical information and provides connectivity to displays
Optical Drive
Allows the PC to read data stored on optical discs like CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray*
Motherboard
The foundation of the PC, usually that connects key components together


The Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (160 GB) provides an advanced alternative to traditional hard drives with increased speeds, low power consumption, and high reliability. Designed without moving parts, the drive provides quiet and cool operation, while flash memory technology offers faster boot-up, application launch, and file loading. And with the convenience of Intel's migration software and toolbox, it's easy to set up and maintain your SSD.

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Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (160 GB)
At a Glance:
  • Flash technology for increased processing speeds and multitasking

  • Built-in features protect data from internal and external threats

  • Intel utilities make installation easy and optimize performance

  • No moving parts for higher reliability and longer life span

  • Backed by a five-year limited warranty
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Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (160 GB) Product Shot
Intel's 320 Series SSD offers outstanding speed and performance while remaining cool and quiet. View larger.
Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (160 GB) Product Shot
The standard 2.5-inch form factor makes it easy to install on nearly any laptop. View larger.
Flash Technology Easily Handles Multiple Operations
With Intel's flash technology, the 320 Series Solid-State Drive (SSD) features a flash system that can easily handle up to 32 concurrent operations at once. Even with the most demanding applications, the drive remains cool and quiet.

Built-In Data Protection Adds Security
A variety of data protection features protect your information from internal and external threats, so you can use this 320 Series drive with confidence. Encryption technology secures your personal data in the event of theft or loss. In case of an unexpected power loss, all data is written from the cache to the drive, protecting your data.

Tool Suite for Easy Setup and Troubleshooting
The 320 Series Solid-State Drive includes free Intel utilities that help you install and manage your hard drive. If you install the SSD in an existing PC system, Intel's Data Migration Software quickly replicates the operating system and all files from the PC hard drive, so you can begin using the drive immediately.

Intel's SSD Toolbox features a wide range of tools that help you optimize the performance of your 320 Series drive. With this toolbox, you can securely erase your SSD or configure your system to take full advantage of available features.

Low Power Consumption Increases Mobility
The low power needs of the 320 Series SSD translate to a longer battery life and a lighter notebook, which means you can increase the capacity and speed of your laptop without the added weight of a larger battery.

Rugged, Reliable Design
With no moving parts and the ability to withstand bumps and shocks without losing precious data, the 320 Series drive offers increased speed and performance without sacrificing reliability.

Warranty Information
The Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (160 GB) is backed by a manufacturer's five-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (160 GB) and installation manual with mobile cloning kit. SSD in ESD bag with security label. 3.5” desktop bracket with screws and screwdriver. Desktop cloning kit. CD, “speed demon” sticker, silicone sleeve. 


Intel 320 Series Solid State Drives


40 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


80 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


120 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


160 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


300 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


600 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)
Storage Capacity (GB) 40 80 120 160 300 600
NAND Flash Components 25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell 25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell 25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell 25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell 25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell 25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell
Bandwidth (Sustained Sequential Read/Write) Up to 200 MB/s
Up to 45 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 90 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 130 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 165 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 205 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 220 MB/s
Read Latency 75 microseconds 75 microseconds 75 microseconds 75 microseconds 75 microseconds 75 microseconds
Write Latency 90 microseconds 90 microseconds 90 microseconds 90 microseconds 90 microseconds 90 microseconds
Random I/O Operations per Second (IOPS) (Random 4KB Read/Write) Up to 30,000 IOPS /
Up to 3,700
IOPS
Up to 38,000 IOPS /
Up to 10,000 IOPS
Up to 38,000 IOPS /
Up to 14,000 IOPS
Up to 39,000 IOPS /
Up to 21,000 IOPS
Up to 39,500 IOPS /
Up to 23,000 IOPS
Up to 39,500 IOPS /
Up to 23,000 IOPS
Interface SATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s SATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s SATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s SATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s SATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s SATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Form Factor 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch
Life Expectancy (Mean Time Between Failure) 1.2 Million Hours 1.2 Million Hours 1.2 Million Hours 1.2 Million Hours 1.2 Million Hours 1.2 Million Hours
Power Consumption Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical

Customer Reviews

Super fast and rock solid reliability.
James S.
After I finally got the drive it lasted 1 month before it died.
Serge N.
This time i'm returning it for a refund.
look7000

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Bob Blum on April 20, 2011
Size Name: 120 GB
This is my first SSD, and I absolutely love it. Very fast boot up and shut-down;
incredibly fast program launch - even monsters like Photoshop: blam - they're on.

Since my system worked reasonably well before, I worried about every aspect
of this project. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Why spend the $250, what if I have boot problems,
what if the performance increase is marginal or worse?). Incredibly the installation
was totally quick and flawless. Bravo, Intel! Now for some details.

I bought the retail kit ($10 to $25 more than the OEM version). The two cables
are handy (sata power and data), I used the bracket, and even the
tiny 3 inch CD with installation instructions was useful. Amazingly,
those instructions are not on Intel's website.) They worked flawlessly.

I installed it in my 2008 Intel desktop tower that runs Windows XP Pro
32-bit and that has an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 processor. This system was top
of the line when I bought it, so I really wanted to wait another year before
upgrading to a 64-bit OS (to get > 4gb of DRAM) and a faster processor
(like Ivy Bridge). I love WinXP, and I have a lot of old drivers, so I was hesitant
to upgrade to Win7 now or to make any expensive hardware upgrades now.)

I think I made the perfect choice, but this decision was not without anxiety.

After reading all the reviews for Intel's SSD X25-M (it's Gen 2,
34 nano SSDs), it was apparent that most buyers raved about them:
their speed and their reliability, but, cruising the internet you
find all kinds of potential worries. I list them here, only to dismiss them.
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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful By B. America on July 15, 2011
Size Name: 80 GB Verified Purchase
I have a DV7 series HP Pavilion Laptop running Win 7 64-bit with the Hitachi drive that seems to have the life-span of about 18-months on all 3 of my laptops. When I noticed the classic cluster errors, I decided to pick up this SSD drive as an OS only drive and have a second drive as my storage within the laptop.

Installation was quick and easy. The migration was a breeze. I've been doing IT for over 15-years: computers, routers, switches, firewalls, so I was expecting the worst and got the best.

Here's where it gets bad.

About 5 hours into use I get the Blue Screen of Death. No big deal, reboot and figure out what app decided not to play nice. No luck! The drive was bricked! I got another drive and did the entire process again. This time while running OO Defrag I get the BSOD and this drive is bricked too. I moved it to another laptop to look at the drive. The 80-Gig partition turned into an 8-Meg partition. The rest of the drive is missing. Missing as in not even recoverable by FDISK or any other means within Windows.

I plugged in "Intel SSD 80 Gig 8" on Google and sure enough a TON of people are having the same problems. The drive just fails randomly and they're left with an 8-Meg drive. Some people are using 3rd party applications to force the drive to recover to factory defaults or just sending them back to Intel. Some even after sending them back to Intel have a failure a month or two later. I already invested nearly 10 hours of time and I am not doing it again. For people considering buying this drive I suggest you pass on it because of the possibility of it being a ticking time bomb in your computer is too much to risk.

UPDATE!!!!: After following the 8-meg bug threads the IBM update bricked a bunch of drives. Amazing!!!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By look7000 on August 4, 2011
Size Name: 80 GB Verified Purchase
I purchased this Intel 320 series 80GB SSD because of my long held faith in Intel and the 5 year warranty. Sadly it looks like there's something wrong with these drives (circa june/july 2011). I installed the drive in my Dell E4300 laptop in late June 2011. Install is smooth - good tools in the kit allow you to connect the drive via USB to clone your hard drive. Once installed it was a beautiful thing. Files open quickly, MS office (powerpoint, word, excel and outlook) open and handle files much more quickly.

Then after 7 days the PC froze, and BiOS reported no boot sector. BiOS sees it as a 0GB drive. OK, stuff happens. I returned the unit to Amazon (it was within 30 days) for a replacement. Amazon was excellent, shipping an immediate replacement with 1 day shipping while I was still holding the defective unit.

I received the replacement on July 11, 2011. The install again was easy, and the performance is great. Today (Aug 4, 2011) the drive died. My Window 7 system froze and then blue-screened. Just like the first time BiOS reports a 0GB drive and can't find a boot sector. Incidentally, as recommended the Win7 defrag had been disabled.

This time i'm returning it for a refund. Since I purchased this drive there are 4 other 1-star user comments reporting similar behavior.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary Finseth on September 21, 2011
Size Name: 120 GB
I installed a 120MB 320 Series as a replacement for a failed drive on an HP laptop.

It was a great drive for 2 months, and made the laptop much faster.

Then it bricked. No 8 MB, just utterly dead.
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