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INTEL 520 Series 120GB 2.5 Reseller - SSDSC2CW120A3K5
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- Capacity: 120 GB
- Interface: SATA 6Gb/s
- Random 8GB Read: up to 25,000 IOPS
- Random 8GB Write: up to 40,000 IOPS
- MTBF: 1.2 million hours
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|Data Transfer Rate||6 Gb per second||550 Mb per second||6 Gb per second||750 MB per second|
|Device Type||Solid State Drives||Internal Solid State Drive||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives|
|Digital Storage Capacity||120.0 GB||1 TB||6.0 GB||120.0 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.50 inches||3.50 inches||2.50 inches||2.50 inches|
|Hardware Interface||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||Solid State Drive||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||EIDE|
|Item Dimensions||5.70 x 4.70 x 1.80 inches||0.87 x 3.15 x 0.90 inches||0.37 x 4.13 x 2.78 inches||5.70 x 4.60 x 1.90 inches|
|Item Weight||2.75 ounces||1.76 ounces||2.75 ounces||3.20 ounces|
Intel SSD 520 Series (120GB, 2.5in SATA 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC) 9.5mm. This come with the bracket.
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A few notes for Mac users:
If you're going to install in a Mac that has 10.8.2 on it and your goal is *NOT* to make a Fusion Drive (if you already have everything on your HDD and you want to manually manage your OS / App SSD usage for instance) when booting into recovery Apple more or less *forces* you to make a Fusion Drive. There are guides to prevent this from happening and the Internet is your friend when it comes to research. I was lucky and knew an SSD was on the way so I didn't have anything on the HDD I needed to keep, so I just went ahead and erased the drive and now have a shiny new Fusion Drive. Always back up your stuff if you're adding a HD anyway in case you lose anything because of a forced format. Fusion Drive works extremely well, by the way. Another thing is TRIM is not enabled by default with Mac. You need to find a third party enabler or do it manually through the Terminal. I've dabbled in *nix quite a bit so I was comfortable with the Terminal method, but I know most won't.
I personally get reads well in excess of 450 MB/s. This thing BLAZES. The first time I booted the mini I knew it would be fast but it's... like.... ~10 seconds fast. Holy nuggets.
Also, obviously, my VirtualBox images are insanely fast. Windows XP never even shows the blue three squares that go from left to right it just blanks for a second and boom desktop. SO AMAZING.
In short, I love this drive, and it's amazing.
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.
As for overall ease of install, if you're comfortable installing a regular SATA drive, this is the same thing. Only fancy thing I had to do was go into my BIOS to change the drive boot order, and according to the docs, you could just swap cables instead. Note that this does come with a mount, so you shouldn't need to buy anything extra (I want to say it was a 3.5" drive mount? Meh. I just screwed it in with the other hard drives. I'm only supporting it on one side but it's not like it's heavy or has any moving parts anyway.)
I guess I'll see how this is long term, but with a 5 year warranty, it may already be better than my conventional drives.
I went with Intel over other brands after reading reviews and comparing warranties. Intel's 5-year warranty was the longest I could find. I might consider a cheaper brand for less essential data if I decide to get a second one but if you're installing your OS, you might want top grade. (Failure in OS = bluescreen.)
I thought I was finally having a serious problem with the drive. Windows kept crashing and signs pointed to the file system. Turns out it was bad system RAM and not the drive. After finding the bad RAM with MemTest86 and replacing it, the problems went away. I now have a second, larger drive to play my games from while the original 120 GB mainly has Windows and other programs.
but, be sure that it is enabled at the 'system level' to run to its maximum potential (if necessary).
had an older series intel ssd (sata ii) as the boot drive and it has been rock solid.
wanted to upgrade to a faster sata iii drive with more space, and then use the old drive in another build.
went with intel 520 becuase of the good reviews here on amazon, and elsewere, and my own positive experience with intel ssd.
so, i migrated the data from the old ssd to the new ssd using the free intel download migration software, and then swapped the drives and rebooted. that went well.
i then ran performance tests against the new ssd and was in shock to find that the performance WAS NOT what I expected (crystaldiskmark, atto, as ssd). note: these 3 tools can give different numbers from each other, but that is ok as one can use the #s as benchmarks for before and after tests using the same tool, and for comparisons against other people on the internet.
so, it was a little faster than my old sata ii ssd, but not by much. wt??????? I checked bios, cables, motherboard ports, etc - all seemed fine. hmmmm.... I wondered if it was defective.
i started doing some internet research (just google it) and found that i needed to do two things on my system:
- change a windows registry setting to support ahci.
- change the motherboard bios sata setting from ide to ahci.
once that was done, and rebooted, the ssd was blazing fast and my numbers from the test tools were in line with others on the internet.
note: some systems might already be setup for ahci; mine was not.
i mention this in case your expectations have not been met by the drive - it may not be the drive, but your system settings.
i also mention it in case you came from a regular hard drive to the ssd. the ssd, even without the changes (if required), would be faster than the hard drive and you might be happy, but you might be able to get even more happy.
update: liked it so much, i just ordered a second one for one of my other computers.
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