- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: SSDSA2CW160G3k5
- Hard Disk Size: 160 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 years
- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac, Unix, Linux
Intel 320 Series 160 GB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive
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- 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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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