Summary: I had 3 of these fail in my Win 7 laptop after a few months of use. Never had any problem with the spinning drive on the laptop. Intel customer service was great, replacing each one quickly. Finally they refunded my money. Not a good drive, wasn't even that fast, although a bit faster than spinning drive.
Summary: Been using since mid-Dec 2011 and item has worked quite well. Bought 'used-like new' version from Amazon Warehouse at a slightly discounted rate. Used Acronis to clone WinVista Home Premium on HP 3510nr laptop to this Intel 320 Series 160Gb (after I initialised the SSD). Installed Intel SSD Toolbox to handle maintenance and I upgraded firmware. Noticed quicker boots, hibernation and sleep times in comparison to 7200rpm drives I've used.
Summary: Shipping was fine and rebate seems to be progressing nicely. To be honest I expected more of a speed increase. I don't really care how much quicker the Mac reboots since I rarely do that. Mail and Internet are not that much faster and occasionally seem to stall more than before.
Summary: I have been using 3 SSD drives for about 6 weeks now and have a mixed bag of feelings... For previous stories see [...] I have two laptops having 80GB and 160GB drives installed, both running Windows XP, and one desktop 320GB with Vista on it. The drives are about 60 - 70 % full, with lots of daily activity going on. I had the "Toolbox Optimization utility", aka TRIM guy, scheduled to run twice a week. The laptops got very fast, not doubt about it!
Summary: Just Google "Intel 320 series 8mb bug" and you'll see what I'm complaining about. Had the drive for a week and it happened. I even talked to Intel Tech support before I installed as to what I should do to avoid this bug. They said to "make sure the system is powered down properly and it shouldn't be a problem". Wrong! I have a laptop, with a battery, so it gets consistent power. I was installing some software and it suddenly crashed on me, causing the 8mb bug. BEWARE!
Summary: It worked great when it worked. Fast boots, quicker shut down. Programs loaded faster than ever. Then, while ripping a CD, it died. My PC was only able to see it as an 8MB drive. I read around and found that this is a common bug with the 320 series and could be fixed with a firmware update applied with a bootable cd image. This would mean that you lose what was on the drive, but I thought I'd try it anyway. I downloaded the firmware image and burned it to a disc.
Summary: Extremely fast boot time, a world of difference from the Sata HD I replaced it with, even on an older MB. Bootup went from well over a minue to < 30sec. It's not SATA 3, but still super speedy. It died at almost 2 months. Soo much for World-Class reliability! A bit pricey for the performance, obviously reliability is a concern. Also, the Warranty replacement did not make me happy either, I have to either ship it to them or pay $25 for 2-day ground.
The drive might be great but the software didn't let me clone my old drive
Monkey Boy, Amazon
11 August 2011
Summary: I have an old netbook with a 120GB drive, but only 30GB used. I tried to use the clone software and it kept saying the drive wasn't big enough. I deleted a lot of stuff and uninstalled programs and got it down to 25GB and it still said the drive didn't have enough space. It almost seemed like I needed a new 120GB drive, like my old drive, just to do the clone even though I only had 20-30GB used. I returned it.