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So I found an Intel 320 120 GB SSD for $110. I'm scheduled to meet up with the guy tomorrow. I told him to pop it in his computer so I can test drive it (after getting ripped off on my first car I'm now hesitant buying anything used). I want to make sure it works and is in good health.

Is this a good deal and what software should I use to test its health and performance? This is my first SSD and I know very little about what's top-dog in such a new industry. I plan on installing this SSD in my Macbook Pro, temporarily replacing my current HDD until I get a cheap OptiBay.

Rep+ for those with useful information. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 20
You can quickly check the SMART data with HDTune or crystal disk info.

As for benchmark you can use AS SSD, Crystal disk mark, etc. Assuming it is on a PC when testing.

As long as the SMART data is fine you should be good b/c performance can be relative to the system, partition offset, driver, resent usage, etc.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227609/storage-drivers-utilities-and-firmware-thread
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also run SSD life should tell you how "Used: it is
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What they said... smile.gif

If SMART's good, and performance isn't crud, you'll be good to go. Unless he did something to it, Intel has a 5 year warranty (not that you could use it, just that they sell good products.)
post #5 of 20
Bought a 40 gb for my dad computer and it was 98% smart.
Couldn't install windows corrupted ssd.
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Bought a 40 gb for my dad computer and it was 98% smart.
Couldn't install windows corrupted ssd.

let me guess it was OCZ
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let me guess it was OCZ

Yup.
I learned I won't buy any ssd used again.
post #8 of 20
OCZ=Sandforce (at least at one point in time)=Stay away... Used or not.
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let me guess it was OCZ

Yup.
I learned I won't buy any ssd used again.

lol, OCZ traumatizing SSD owners 1 at a time. lachen.gif
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lol, OCZ traumatizing SSD owners 1 at a time. lachen.gif

Yep. Given that their ssd line pretty much has rebates across the board 3 months after release, you'd think people would realize that buying a cheap ssd puts you at a higher chance of failure.
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