3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 29, 2011 5:57 AM by koitsu

    "New" 300GB Intel SSD 320 Series arrived - Used/Refurbished?


      Hi guys,


      I just received my "new" 300GB Intel SSD 320 Series but when I turned it arround the surface looked like it has been used or is refurbished, see:






      Can anyone who also has a 320 Series SSD or maybe an Intel SSD in general tell if that look is normal?


      I paid a good amound of money for it so I'd like to make sure it hasn't been used before.



        • 1. Re: "New" 300GB Intel SSD 320 Series arrived - Used/Refurbished?

          This look is 100% normal.  The underside of all Intel SSDs consists of a metal alloy that's smooth but not shiny (probably some form of aluminium).  What you're seeing is the result of a metal sanding process to make the underside smooth, but it isn't lapped (thus not shiny).  Nobody spends time staring at the underside of their SSDs.


          I have numerous Intel SSDs -- specifically two X25-V, four X25-M, and two 320-series drives, and all their undersides look exactly like that.  There's some variance in the style/method, but they're all buffed/sanded in a circular pattern like what you see.


          If the drive does not have an indicator on the label that it's refurbished, then it's a new drive.


          You'll know if it's a used drive if SMART Attribute 9 (Power On Hours) on the 320-series drive has a non-zero value.  You cannot go off of the LBA read/write attributes in SMART because chances are you've already done some reads/writes to it, but out of the factory those values are also zero.


          TL;DR -- you're worrying about nothing.  :-)

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          • 2. Re: "New" 300GB Intel SSD 320 Series arrived - Used/Refurbished?

            Thanks! How may I check for SMART Attribute 9?

            • 3. Re: "New" 300GB Intel SSD 320 Series arrived - Used/Refurbished?

              You can use Intel's SSD Toolbox or any other utility out there that can read SMART data from a disk.  Be aware that most utilities won't label the attributes correctly (e.g. some will claim Attribute 123 is "Snakes On The Platters" while on an SSD it might represent "Number Of Dogs"); these softwares are, simply put, incorrect/faulty (and that's partially because the SMART attribute numbers and their meaning, nor their data/value format, is part of the ATA standard; yes you read that right).


              Hands down the best SMART analysis software out there is smartmontools, but on the Windows platform it only works on Windows 2000/XP.


              Just today I found out that Intel's SSD Toolbox doesn't properly name some of the SMART attributes for the 320-series drives -- Attribute 9 is not one of those so you can read/rely on that data reliably.  Intel really needs to update the utility to properly label the attributes for 320-series drives.  Likewise, I have an open ticket with the smartmontools folks to add identification and proper decoding of attributes in smartmontools for the 320-series too.