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Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Solid State Drives

Last Reviewed: 09-Jan-2017
Article ID: 000006110

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Which Intel® Solid State Drive (Intel® SSD) is right for me? The options available are segmented by various usage models. They are categorized as consumer, corporate client, and data center.
Are Intel® SSDs intended for use with laptops and desktops? Yes. All Intel® Solid State Drives are tested and validated on the latest Intel®-based laptop and desktop platforms. For more information about product compatibility, see the product specifications.
Do Intel® SSDs run Linux*?

Check with your hardware vendor to validate which platforms support the Linux* distribution. Once validated, Intel® Consumer SSD’s can run client-based Linux* operating systems.

Where can I find RMA or warranty information?

See Registration and Warranty/Return Material Authorization.

Are firmware updates available for Intel® SSDs?

Firmware updates are available.

Do Intel® SSDs need special driver support?

No. Standard hard disk drivers support Intel® SSDs as drop-in components, such as those bundled with Microsoft Windows*. For best performance, we recommend a driver that supports SATA Native Command Queuing (NCQ), such as Intel® Rapid Storage Technology.



Should I defrag my Intel® Solid State Drive with Windows* Disk Defragmenter or similar program?

No. Traditional hard disk drive defragmentation tools do not show increased SSD device performance.

  • For legacy operating systems, disable any automatic or scheduled defragmentation utilities for your Intel® SSD. The tools add unnecessary wear.
  • Newer Windows* operating systems can detect the presence of an SSD and disable the defrag function.
Where can I find more information on performance and benchmarks? See our Intel SSD performance and benchmark documents.
How do I clone or duplicate my HDD?

You can purchase cloning kit hardware from Expansys. The Intel® Data Migration Software simplifies moving contents of your old storage device to your new Intel® Solid State Drive. See data migration frequently asked questions.

Does the Intel® SSD have a write cache?

Yes, but data caching is limited to the controller for enhanced performance.



Is the Intel® SSD a drop-in replacement for SATA hard disk drives? Yes. The Intel® SSD, as a drop-in replacement, provides rugged and reliable performance at lower power.
  • Intel SATA SSDs support IDE mode, AHCI, and RAID.
  • RAID might require BIOS configuration, pre-operating system driver, and driver updates.
Do Intel® SSDs support SATA II features?

Yes. The Intel SATA SSDs are 3.0 Gbps SATA devices. They support:

  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • Hot-plug with asynchronous signal recovery
  • Software settings preservation
  • Device initiated power management
Where can I find more information about Intel® Solid State Drives for Mainstream SATA?

See the resources below:

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