8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2011 12:10 AM by Sizter RSS

    Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?




      I bought this SSD about 1 week ago and did nothing special with it. I installed Win7 x64 as OS, set ATA Password in the BIOS and switched from IDE to AHCI because Benchmarks were a little bit slow. I think I booted the whole system about 5 times. Now, after 3 days working with Vista on my HDD - I wanted to quickly look up something on the Internet. So I wanted to boot from the SSD - but Vista booted again... After checking everything, the situation right now looks like this:


      - No S.M.A.R.T Data, just this in the serial number (behind the drive name): INTEL SSDSA2CW160G3 (BAD_CTX     00000166)


      - The Intel Rapid Storage Tool reports drive status: Normal (haha )




      - Windows regocnizes the drive as unknown device: with 8 MB space



      I am very disappointed that this had happen to me after a week. Is there any way to solve this problem?





      My Laptop:

      Asus R1E

      South Bridge: Intel 82801HBM ICH8M

      North Bridge: Intel Crestline-GM GM965

        • 1. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

          Did You Do the registry Hack before switching from IDE to AHCI ??

          • 2. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

            Sure. Everything went fine at this time.


            My Timeline:

            Day1: Installed Win7 x64 Pro (SP1 integrated) with IDE and benched a little bit - only 160 MB/s seq. read

            Day2: Activated the MSAHCI service via registry and switched to AHCI - benched again: 244 MB/s seq. read

            Day3: SSD worked fine + normal shutdown

            Day4-6: Just worked with Vista on my HDD (I got both in the laptop) and did not do anything with the SSD

            Day7: Tried to boot Win7 - no partition there to boot from



            I tried switching from AHCI back to IDE and vice versa - makes no difference. Disabled the ATA Password - no difference.

            The SSD shows either 8 MB or the full 149 GB. I do not know what it depends. It changes from boot to boot.


            To exclude my laptop, I installed the drive in an Asus U30JC (South Bridge: Intel Ibex Peak-M HM55, North Bridge: Intel Ironlake-M IMC).

            It behaves just like it behaves in my other laptop. I checked the drive with Ubuntu booted from USB because can install only one drive.

            This is what I got:


            ubuntu@ubuntu:/proc$ sudo smartctl -i /dev/sda
            smartctl 5.40 2010-03-16 r3077 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] (local build)
            Copyright (C) 2002-10 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net
            Device Model:     INTEL SSDSA2CW160G3
            Serial Number:    BAD_CTX     00000166
            Firmware Version: 4PC10302
            User Capacity:    160.041.885.696 bytes
            Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
            ATA Version is:   8
            ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
            Local Time is:    Sun Apr 24 10:40:04 2011 CEST
            SMART support is: Unavailable - device lacks SMART capability.
            A mandatory SMART command failed: exiting. To continue, add one or more '-T permissive' options.



            -> No SMART, no partition & strange Serial Number.


            I also tried to Secure Erase the drive, but did not managed to do it. I cannot click the run button in the Toolbox. (Yes - I have ejected and reinserted the drive with the Toolbox open and ready to click run)


            After that, I tried to install Win7 again - not possible. Neither with IDE nor AHCI.



            I really don't know what I should do more. If there is no solution in the next three days, I will bring the drive back to my retailer.


            It is maybe possible to reflash the firmware?




            • 3. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

              A re-flash is not possible. Try a secure erase from DOS. 

              • 4. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

                Thanks for your reply redux.


                I spoke with Intel's support-hotline yesterday: I should exchange the drive at my retailer. What I have done yesterday. I hope I'll get the new drive next week.



                • 5. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

                  Had the same problem. SSD 320 120 Gig, bought it to installa new W7 offit. Shortly after install shows as 8 Meg (!!!)

                  What worked for me was using autility called HDAT2; you prepare am ISO with that and boot off that. There's a number of choices. The one you need is removing the HPA, Host protected Area, and then set it back to factory default

                  Now I see 120 G again and the tests run fine.

                  BIOS also sees it fine.

                  HAven't re installed W7 yet thiugh

                  • 6. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

                    I just discovered this thread.

                    Looks like you're experiencing the same problem mentioned in this post?



                    • 7. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

                      Yes - I think so.


                      My new SSD 320 160GB is still working. But I don't use the drive much, because I fear that it will go broke again.


                      I hope Intel will release the new firmware soon...



                      • 8. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

                        Goose schrieb:


                        I just discovered this thread.

                        Looks like you're experiencing the same problem mentioned in this post?



                        Thank you very much, useful forum thread! Cheers