Performance is great, however beware of overheating
27 June 2013
Summary: I went through two of these units due to heat failure issues. Full disclosure is that I installed them in a iMac that isn't designed to have a SSD installed in the optical drive bay. However I feel as though this drive should have been able to withstand in that environment. For these reasons, I voted these drives as three stars, since the performance was great, however the fact that both units experienced issues within a year and half of use.
Summary: I gave it an okay due to the one we bought was bad and had to return it. However the other one we got works great, just the drive is not really big enough for our pc. I need to get a bigger drive.
Summary: Don't be tempted to use this drive in a ThinkPad x220 without replacing the screws. Trust me on this. The x220 requires a 7mm drive so I bought this one and removed the spacer (as expected). Intel doesn't see fit to include new screws in the package and I was too lazy to go and get new ones (must paly with new toy now...) So I assembled it, it seemed to fit okay. yes, the top wasn't tight - but what the heck....
Summary: Its a great product while it works. I bought the intel brand because its supposed to be reliable. But I guess every manufacturer can have its bad apples. While it was working it was the best upgrade for my laptop, hands down. Intel support's cross ship replacement service charges 25$ if you dont want to wait 10 business days for your drive to get replaced for free. Little things you learn. But i have to say, I'd buy again.
Summary: If you don't apply the update and your computer has a power glitch, the cable gets loose, etc and the drive will WIPE ALL THE DATA IRREVOCABLY. There is a firmware update available at Intel's site ([...]) and you can read about the problem at [...]. On a somewhat related note, I heavily recommend using something like Amazon Clouddrive or Dropbox to archive your data to a remote server or an application like Allway Sync to automatically back up your data every time you...
Summary: I had total drive failure after just seven weeks of usage. The drive has totally failed and since I was using it as my OS drive, my system is now totally down. I may have just gotten a bad one but this failure has been costly in terms of money, time lost and data lost. I would advise if you are getting this drive to back up often. Update - I returned the drive to Intel after it failed.
Summary: its been 3 weeks and this ssd died on me today... it was working great with no problems until i got "disk read failure" when trying to boot up. The reason why i chose intel was because of the reliability and then this happens. Thank goodness i didn't have any of my music or projects on it which i suggest others who buy this ssd do. I am going to try this ssd one more time and if this one fails I am going over to Crucial.
Summary: The firmware problem that seems to be causing all of these failures ought to be fixed by now, Intel!
Pros: Fast, built-in encryption
Cons: This unit was not functional, all of a sudden, today, with no data recoverable. Drive appeared active, but would not boot, and showed up as 8K. I suggest that you make sure you have good up-to-date backups, if you go with this. Chance of failure is reportedly small, but if it does, your data is completely gone. RMA'd to Intel, will be more than 1 week before I get replacement.