Let me start this review by explaining what a solid state hard drive actually is. A solid state hard drive isn't the same hard drive that you get in your computer, yes it is used for the exact same function however a solid state does not store its data on a disk, and it uses flash memory which is the whole solid state meaning. What you will find with this device is it writes to the hard drive much faster than a normal hard drive up to 30 times in fact, this makes it particularly useful for storing an operating system because it will load up considerably faster increasing start up speeds.
Now onto the Intel X25-M, this is only 120GB and that's because solid state drives don't have the storage capabilities that discs currently do. Another thing to mention early on is this is not cheap I picked this up for £140, so it's not a good upgrade option.
Out of the box this thing is really easy to install being just a simple plug and play, Intel do offer certain software to go with it but this is a matter of your own choice whether you want to install them or not.
I opted to use my device as an internal hard drive, I had it plugged in and running in a matter of minutes. I now currently have Windows 7 installed on the device and I notice a considerable difference when booting from this than a normal hard drive, so much of a difference in fact that just by simply using my computer many of my friends have chosen to do exactly the same thing.
Another benefit to solid state drives is that they have a lot more durability than discs and are supposedly supposed to last twice as long and can take a lot more of a battering before they decide to give out on you. This though is the least you would expect given the huge asking price for them, for now solid state drives are relatively unknown and too expensive for the average computer user but we do get a chance to see the speed that technology is taking us to and inevitably solid states will become the common storage device.
This product by Intel is extremely good. While the price is a little high for the amount of storage that you get, you must keep in mind that this is a Solid State Drive. That means there are no moving parts in this drive, similar to flash storage in new phones and ipod touchs. This makes for amazing read and write speeds as well as a sturdy drive. You could easily drop this, though I wouldn't suggest it, and it would probably still work. Because of this, this drive makes for a wonderful boot drive, but isn't the best when it comes to mass amounts of storage. Overall I give this product a 3.5/5 stars. It is fast, it is sturdy, but companies really need to start increasing the storage capacity of their SSD drives and decreasing the prices if they want their products to become more mainstream and popular at all.
Intel's new Intel X25- M Mainstream Solid State Drive (120GB) Internal 2.5" SATA-300 high performance drive is debatable for the £145 price tag accompanying this drive. However what this drive lacks in hard drive space it makes up for performance speed in data reading.
By using this drive not only as an internal drive but also as a replacement 2.5" external drive i cannot fault it for its speed in reading data and also transfer ratio when copying files when using it as an external HDD. I installed windows 7 x64 bit on this drive and despite the limited space for large amounts of software it can run windows without flaw and quick start up time with no fuss.
However i recommend Intel's new drive to better be served as an external 120gb HDD. Its reliable and has minimal noise when in use to provide a better working environment. I am currently using this external drive and i do not feel worried about it failing or having problems since it is just an all round drive. However i cannot stress if you are looking for this to be an internal drive then it's not worth the £145 price tag for the size you get, but for reliability it's defiantly worth the price.