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Intel 2.5-Inch 160 GB X25-M Mainstream SATA II MLC Solid-State Drive - Retail Package SSDSA2MH160G2R5 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Intel 2.5-Inch 160 GB X25-M Mainstream SATA II MLC Solid-State Drive - Retail Package SSDSA2MH160G2R5
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 45 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Windows4.2   above average
Speed3.9   below average


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Speed

Speed:
"However, I haven't been overwhelmed by the performance like other users."
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"So, I when I transitioned from a desktop with a 15k rpm nine years ago to a notebook with a 5,400 rpm drive, the performance hit was a real disappointment."
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"Otherwise the Clone will be out of Alignment and hopelessly out of sync with the 4K standard, and basically any unaligned Partition would be terribly slow, data would be all over the place instead of organized into nice, contiguous 4K blocks sectors, and the SSD's high theoretical speed would be impossible to achieve."
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"The SSD's great speed would slow to a crawl, space would be wasted every time there was a new write made on the cell structure because it wouldn't add up to an integer of 4096KB if it were formatted in 112KB sectors, in short the SSD would be a jagged tangle of non-interleaved data, its speed would be compromised, and the SSD's entire premise of 4K Alignment would be negated by non-conforming formatting, a very bad thing!"
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"Intel hasn't bothered to release even a simple command-line utility to deal with the internal fragmentation problem SSDs have, which degrades their performance as they are used."
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"While this is a nice SSD overall, given that all the computers I own and many people I know own are Macs, it's only a 3-star product at best because there is no good way to manage the performance degradation issue."
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"and Apple support ensured me that I wouldn't invalidate my warranty (in fact, instructions on how to replace the HD are included in the MBP owners manual).Time will tell whether or not the performance degrades with time, but I'm hoping it will continue to stay very snappy."
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"Although you will see a good performance boost for programs that frequently access the hard drive."
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"This drive is higher priced than similar capacity models, but has far and away the best speed ratings."
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"The silence of the drive is a wonder after many years of PC laptop use, and the speed to get things done is nice."
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"but loading a single piece of software or game you won't notice that much of a difference...for example I did not notice any improvement in performance starting GTA IV...but it is quiet, safe, fast, intel, easy to use (and comes with the needed adapter).why not: very expansive!"
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Windows

Windows:
"It's expensive and I tried to do a backup of my old Windows OS and restore to this drive, but I guess the sectors image layout was incompatible and I couldn't do a Windows 7 system restore so I had to do a full re-install for everything."
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"And Windows 7 is with it enough to tell me about the SMART error."
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"Windows 7 and this drive played together perfectly."
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"Was able to install Windows 7 64-bitdirectly on this drive."
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"If you are using the Windows 7 Installer in any flavor you choose, it is SSD SAVVY natively, so you can just go ahead and safely install Windows onto the SSD and all will be fine, no problems to anticipate there."
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"Intel is one of the best technology companies out there..I went from a 5.9 to a 7.2 on Windows 7 Performance via one upgrade."
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"Easy to install & no compatibility issues with Windows XP."
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