Reviews and Problems with Intel 530 Series SSD (SSDSC2BW)
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Failed to boot in 3 months time
Frederick F., Newegg
13 February 2015
Summary: It maybe because of the somewhat higher case temperature (~40C) for my gaming rig with dual 780Ti and a i7-3930K, but my other Kingston SSDs that actually store game content didn't fail that way (knock on the wood). I'm now back to spindle world for my boot device... I didn't even bother returning it because usual inspection will yield that it is a Healthy drive (since you can still get files out). But some of those files are actually in corrupted states (e.g.
Pros: 1. Fast 2. No special handling needed for installation. 3. Looks good.
Cons: 1. Boot sector issue with Windows 8.1 after a couple months of use. My rig is in UEFI boot and one day it can't launch windows and when I tried to fix the boot files using a windows USB it just blue screen saying it cannot find some boot files 2. Before 1 there were intermittent cases half a dozen times I need to re-reboot the rig to boot up successfully.
Summary: I had a old 120 gig dr that I put into the system to get recent files off of. It also had a boot manager problem. I tried to load windows 7 but I could not find the correct activation code. I aborted the install. On a lark I decided to hook the drive up as a non boot drive and all of the files showed up and I could access them. I installed it as a boot drive and lost all of my files but had a new install of windows 7 available.
Pros: Installed easily.
Cons: Boot manager failed after 3 months. Tried several thing to get it working, no go. System does not see the drive as well as device manager and disk manager. Chkdisk also did not see the drive. When installed as a non boot drive it prevented windows from loading.
Summary: I do appreciate that Intel has been responsive, though they have heavily depended on me, the user, for troubleshooting a compatibility issue between two of their own products. I still have not received a viable solution (other than to use the older SSD), even though I was willing to accept a simple flash download to bring the new unit back to DC12 firmware.
Pros: Regarded as one of the most reliable SSD's available. Comes in a well equipped package for a reasonable price.
Cons: Its Intel - I expected it to work out of the box. Yet, I spent countless hours troubleshooting a new server build due to the firmware that came on this SSD - the latest firmware for this SSD (DC32). When configuring SATA as AHCI in the Intel serer board bios, the board would not finish the bios posting process with this SSD connected. Intel tech support helped me narrow it down to the SSD, though there was no reason it should not have worked. As it turned out, I had t...
Summary: I would think twice about buying Intel products outside of the OEM stuff that comes with PCs.
Pros: Looks nice. Speed should be good but not installed
Cons: No USB to SATA cable. But insert says it should be there. Talked to Nestor at Intel support. He basically told me go buy another cable. I am a bit frustrated at Intel for not providing me the cable and then telling me to buy it somewhere else.
New Egg and youtube have done providing useful testing results and comments
Amazon Customer, Amazon
26 September 2014
Summary: I am not commenting on this SSD's performance as others on Amazon, New Egg and youtube have done providing useful testing results and comments. My comments are on the the lack of software to clone/transfer your Windows computer hard drive to the SSD as a replacement drive. The pamphlet included by Intel instructs you to down load data migration software from their site. This is where the problem lies.
Summary: This SSD comes with all the essentials you need, such as a mounting bracket, cables, and a plethora of screws. In concept, this is a very convenient package for those upgrading to a SSD. Unfortunately, like many other reviewers here, I have experienced unusually high failure rates. The first unit I received was dead on arrival. The second unit lasted a month. The third and last unit lasted 5 months.
Summary: Intel is supposed to be the most reliable SSD out there. If so then stay away from SSD's until the tech matures a bit. My Barracuda might be slower but its lasted me almost 4 years with no problems. 9 Months is pathetic. Was playing BF4 last week and BSOD. When I rebooted my BIOS was like 'What SSD? Where?
Summary: Doesn't live up to the stated speeds in the same machine an older drive does much better in. What a shame, and potential waste of my money.
Pros: It works, and claims a 5yr warranty from Intel.
Cons: I bought this to upgrade / update from an older Samsung 830 series drive. Despite it's specs, in the SAME machine as the 830 it is dramatically slower than the older Samsung. I wish I had gotten an 840 series Samsung and not fallen for the better price. Not sure what I am going to do with this drive now since it's so much slower.