Reviews and Problems with Intel 320-series (SSDSA2CW)
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How this product is still on the market is beyond my comprehension
Beitie "Beitie", Amazon
27 January 2014
Summary: So I picked up one of these 320 series SSD's a short while after doing my last PC build. At first I was thrilled like most who get an SSD. My OS booted up so fast, and shut down speed was almost instant! Programs were decently fast, but nothing too special in my opinion. Only took a few months though, and the drive quit on me. 100% gone. Luckily I did run back ups, and had an image saved on my big 2TB drive.
Summary: After easy installation on my Lenovo Thinkpad I immediately got a blue screen from the start and was never able to fix it. Tried it on another laptop. Same blue screen. Also tried to install Ubuntu. Still got a blue screen. Junk.
Summary: Bricked after 10 months. Was running along very smoothly, great hard drive, for 10 months. Then one day it just died in the middle of browsing. Blue screen, then "no os found" on reboot. BIOS could still see it but even trying to re-install fresh copy of windows (after trying everything else), it showed up as 8MB, too small to install.
Summary: It all was working great - until it stopped. Failure was slow - and some of my data got corrupted. Spotlight stopped working. Constant reboots were required - until a complete reinstall. Spent a bunch of time on the phone w/ applecare thinking it was a software issue. The drive gave no errors or warning signs that it wasn't working properly. If you want to use this on a mac, beware, there is NO way to diagnose the health of the drive.
Worked beautifully. For about one month. (Two of them)
Fletcher "FEK", Amazon
16 September 2012
Summary: I received one of these drives (this exact size and model) with my new high-end HP laptop as the primary partition. It ran BEAUTIFULLY-- boot times (with no USB devices attached) were like four or five seconds. The trade off: the drive bricked and lost all of my data within 3 weeks. The fabled "Intel 320 SSD 8MB" bug had struck again. First off, Google that phrase.
Summary: This drive bricked for me. Broken after about a month and a half of use. The frustrating part is that there are TONS of reports of this on the Intel Support site with regard to this issue up to today ([...]), with no actual answers or fixes. Maybe going to try a Kingston...
Summary: I bought this drive in July 2011. I had heard about the firmware bug that caused the drive to fail in certain situations. So I quickly installed the firmware update that was supposed to fix the problem (4PC10362). Then yesterday (Aug 2012) my laptop would no longer boot. There had been no "power cycle" - there were no power outages that day, and, in any case, the laptop has its own battery. Nevertheless, the drive now shows up as a 8MB drive.
Summary: I (like many others) have suffered from a 320 series SSD fatal loss. The Toolbox software will lead you to believe that the lifetime looks good but the reality is mine died after 4 months. And when it dies, it dies 100%, no data recovery or related is available. They will RMA and warranty replace the drive for 5yrs but its not worth it. If you do make the mistake and purchase the Intel 320 series, backup every day, seriously.
Summary: I have had this drive for about a year. There was a firmware released in the beginning that was supposed to cure the 8mb bug! What is that??? The 8mb bug is a situation where, when your computer goes into sleep or hibernation...you come out to a blue screen. Once this happens, the total usable size of your drive goes from 300 GB to 8 mb.
Summary: Bought this product with high hopes and installed in my dual drive HP laptop I had just purchased. Installation went smoothly, functionality was working quite well, for all of 3 days. Now, Totally dead, SMART 301 error, will not boot will not see the drive, totally gone. I will be calling INTEL shortly and if they can not resolve the issue it is going back to the seller.