- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: SSDSC2MH250A2K5
- Hard Disk Size: 250 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: Three year warranty
- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac, Unix, Linux
Intel 510 Series Solid-State Drive 250 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch - SSDSC2MH250A2K5
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- Unlike traditional hard disk drives, Intel Solid-State Drives have no moving parts.
- Designed to satisfy the most demanding gamers, media creators and technology enthusiasts.
- Sustained sequential reads up to 500MB/s and sustained sequential writes up to 315MB/s.
- Intel Solid-State drives feature the latest generation SATA 6Gb/s interface with advanced architecture.
- The Intel Data Migration Software clones the operating system and files from a hard drive.
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My Windows 7 Experience Index for disk performance went from 5.9 (HDD) to 7.5 (SSD). Boot times are twice as fast and windows just snap into place. When you click on a desktop Icon, it opens almost before you can take your finger away from the mouse button.
This upgrade is by far the most impressive I've experienced in over thirty years of trying to improve computer speed.
The only negative is the fact that the free cloning software couldn't handle Dell's Reserved and Recovery partitions and the computer would not boot. I was successful, however, in using ShadowProtect to Restore an Image to the new SSD.
This new Intel SSD is the most FUN device I've ever put into a PC.
SUMMARY: If you don't want to read the novel, just know that this product (or another SSD) is a must buy. If you're only going to read one other section, check out the "*Speed:" section below.
*Application: I installed this drive in my HP-DV7T-6000 laptop running Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium. This is now my boot drive. My laptop also has a 750 GB 5400 RPM traditional drive for larger data files.
*Size (GB): 120 GB should be more than enough for me. After installing Windows 7 and all my applications (a fairly short list), downloading ~30 GB of music files and ~10GB of pictures, and partitioning ~20 GB for backup/other data (all of this is on the SSD), I still have ~30GB of extra space. That would be a little tight if I didn't have the 750 GB secondary drive but I could probably get by. You might want to consider a larger drive if this will be your only drive.
*Ease of setup: If you're not going to be making this your boot drive (which would be CRAZY!), this should be as simple as plugging it in.
However, it is also a fairly straightforward procedure to replace your existing boot drive. I should disclose that I had access to a tower where I could plug my old drive and new drive simultaneously. However after doing that, it was as simple as plugging both drives in, installing the Intel provided free transfer program, selecting the source drive and the destination drive, selecting auto-partition, and pressing start. 30 minutes later, I was in business.Read more ›
It is not the fastest drive out there, which is the only reason I gave the 510 a 4 star rating. Intel has the resources and experiance to max out the SATA 3 connection. However, the Sandforce controller responsable for the best speeds may also be unreliable (more on this in other thoughts below). Intel may simply have felt it was not ready yet. Look for the next generation to kill it.
What did I tell you. Intel released the 520 series in late 2011 with the sandforce controller and are killing it. They even offer a five year warranty. That is unheard of in the SSD industry, especially with the sandforce controllers. While OCZ is still encountering problems after deciding to rush to market, the intel 520s are stable and reliable, if not a year late to the party. That is called thurogh testing in order to maintain a high degree of quality. Not to mention they get the best NAND flash memory which will inherintly last longer than other manufacturers.Read more ›
On a side note, I originally purchased a Crucial SSD but it died after only a few days. I went back to my old hard drive while waiting for the Intel drive. After using the SSD drive for only a few days and then going back to the old mechanical drive, it seemed way way slower. This was where I noticed the speed difference the most, having to go back to the slower drive. Now that the new SSD drive is installed I know I will never go back to spinning drives again. (Except storage of large files)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Failed after 4 years with a no boot device error. Outside of 3 year warranty. Sad because it was "the most reliable" option at the time instead of buying for speed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bart Kolodziejczyk
Fast, fast, fast! This SSD is still the best upgrade I've made to my PC by far. The performance is outstanding and it has been rock-solid reliable these past few years. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andy D.
Still working years later. This drive has provided me with good performance and I can't complain. This version is probably not available but I'd guess the latest version is even... Read morePublished 17 months ago by The CAT
Cons: Sudden death after 9 months of use in a high end system without any over clocking.
9 month life in a product that claims to be 1. Read more
Its been three years since I purchased and installed this ssd in my laptop that has since died.This ssd is now in my Ivy Bridge build and works great it is the 7. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by M. morgan
I have this for over a year now and my MacBook is on fire ever since I upgraded the original HDD to this one. Works as it should be, no problems at all, super fast.Published on February 26, 2014 by Entrpnr72
I have ordered 2 intel drives and used them for raid 0
it was good tell 1 of them died after 1.5 year.
I have star envy: I would love to have had the same experience as people who rated this SSD 5 stars, but mine was DOA. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Call_Them_As_I_See_Them