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Intel 520 Series Solid-State Drive 240 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch - SSDSC2CW240A3K5 (Reseller Kit)

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240 GB
  • Capacity: 240GB
  • Interface: SATA 3
  • NAND Flash: MLC
  • Random 8GB Read: up to 50,000 IOPS Random 8GB Write: up to 80,000 IOPS
  • Reseller kit includes: The SSD· One-page flyer with web links· Mini CD-Rom with installation and warranty documents· Desktop install kit: - Drive bracket and screws - SATA signal cable - SATA power cable
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Size: 240 GB
  • Hard Drive: 240 GB
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Size: 240 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.1 x 2.8 inches ; 2.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006VCP9G6
  • Item model number: SSDSC2CW240A3K5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2012

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Size: 240 GB

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 240GB SATA III SSD

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Customer Reviews

And even better, Intel's five YEAR warranty is highly competitive.
Twiddles42
I've noticed faster load times for the games plus massive speed increases in general OS operations.
Saif Raza
It was easy to install and copy the software from the old C: hard drive to the Intel SSD.
Gene

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Pecos Bill on April 12, 2012
Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
I got the 120 GB drive expecting to just run games from there but I didn't realize how easy it was to migrate my entire existing C drive to the SSD.

Intel provides a migration utility that lets you clone existing drives onto this drive. So I cloned my C drive (my Windows installation and my main Program Files), which lets me boot directly to the SSD as if nothing had happened. It was a very simple process and the software and guides will walk you through it.

So now I am unexpectedly booting straight from my SSD without having to reinstall anything. What used to take a couple minutes to boot up and settle down is now done in seconds. Windows FLIES. So I kinda wish I'd gotten a bigger drive -- I went with 120 GB because I wasn't going to put Windows on it, but since it was easy, I did so ... but my C drive had about 80 GB on it so that was most of my space! If I'd known that cloning was going to be this easy (and good), I may have gotten the 240 GB instead.

One good tip, though, if you do this:
You can save yourself some space on your Windows installation drive by moving your Windows "Users" folders to another drive. In Windows 7, just open Windows Explorer, locate your "Users\YourNameHere" folder and right click on the sub-folders ("My Documents", "My Music", "Downloads", etc), go to Properties, select the Location tab and move the location to a conventional drive. Windows 7 will automatically migrate all the contents to the new location and delete the originals, freeing space on your SSD. Since I have a ton of music and some videos and so forth, this freed up 30 GB from my SSD. There's no reason to have My Music taking up expensive SSD space.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ali Etezadkhah on March 30, 2012
Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
After being burned by lousy OCZ drives, I decided to pay a little more and buy the Intel drive. I went through 3 different OCZ drives in less than 2 years and I would never buy another one.

This drive is fast and although my current laptop doesn't have 6gb/s SATA, the Windows performance index for this drive is 7.9, the maximum. I'm still a little weary because Intel is using a Sandforce controller for this drive and all my failed OCZ drives had Sandforce controllers. I think Intel's testing procedure is more rigorous than OCZ's and they are backing this drive with the longest warranty in the business.

Check out the benchmark numbers in the User Pictures.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lynn Mcguire on June 28, 2012
Size Name: 180 GB Verified Purchase
All I need to say is that my new 180 GB Intel 520 boots Windows 7 x64 in 11 seconds. All disk operations are speeded up significantly.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Twiddles42 VINE VOICE on September 7, 2012
Size Name: 180 GB
On my mid-2011 Apple MacBook Pro (MBP), I opted for this 180GB SSD. I do web design and development, web programming, and Windows programming. This drive covers my basic apps and VMs, with 30GB to spare. Without the sound recording studio I'd have 80GB left...

What made me choose this drive is the SandForce 520 chipset. It has built-in garbage collection that renders the need for TRIM drivers needless. The OS shouldn't have to do drive maintenance anyway, that should be the drive's job, which means fewer drivers for the OS to have running in memory...

Also, computer owners running a SSD without its own garbage collection or without TRIM enabled is begging for trouble: A SSD's effective lifespan would plummet, since these devices can only be written to a certain number of times before they "wear out", and garbage collection organizes and optimizes where and how the drives are written to. Until SandForce, only TRIM was the solution, and not available for all customers who use the drive, depending on their OS...

So that's the two scoops. When installing this drive, feel content that you don't need to install any unsupported hacks in any OS that lacks or prohibits TRIM support. And that the OS shouldn't have to deal with disk maintenance at this level to begin with...

Oh, the drive is massively fast - naturally, for it is a SSD. Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8) boots in 10 seconds, and apps load up almost instantly. Even my Windows VM starts up faster than a native, modern Windows machine.

And even better, Intel's five YEAR warranty is highly competitive. SSDs are expensive, so Intel putting up a solid warranty upfront only adds to a greater sense of security.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Raghupathy Srinivasan on June 23, 2012
Size Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
Bought this a couple months ago to replace a 128 GB Samsung Sata 2 SSD. Dropped it in - formatted and installed Windows 7 - and it's been running like a champ ever since. I'm a developer - so I have quite a few web servers/databases/ other services running on it pretty much 24/7 AND i keep installing uninstalling stuff on a regular basis. It has taken everything that I can throw it without breaking stride.

If you are on the market for an SSD - you cant go wrong with this.

P.S. My samsung SSDs are going strong too. So if you are looking for a sata 3 ssd - both the samsung 830 or the intel 520 are great choices with very little to separate them. You cant go wrong with either.

Update 12/2012 - Well - it has been nearly 9 months now. I've reformatted the disk and installed Windows 8. It's still performing marvelously. I've installed the intel SSD optimizer and run it on a regular basis. This one is going to be a keeper.
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