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I want to love Solid State Drives, but they continually have problems that I've never had with normal mechanical drives. At first I thought maybe since I started back in 2009 with Solid State Drives (SSDs), that it was just an early adopters problem, faster forward to 2012 and I am still running into the same problems. So I figured I'd document the drives I've had and any issues over the years:
  1. 2 Imation M-Class 64GB SATA II MLC - December 29th, 2009 - 0 Issues for a while other than the subpar performance over time, last year I started to notice issues
  2. 2 OCZ Agility 2 60GB SATA II MLC - September 25th, 2010 - Started to disappear from my Desktop's SATA II Controller randomly, sold off
  3. 2 Crucial M225 64GB SATA II - September 2010 - 0 Issues at first, 6-7 months later random disappearing and loosing information started to occur on both
  4. OCZ Vertex 30GB SATA II MLC - May 29th, 2011 - 0 Issues, used for caching in my ZFS Pool before selling it off
  5. OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SATA II - June 26th, 2011 - 0 Issues, used in my Netbook since purchase
  6. 2 Corsair Force 3 90GB SATA III - October 2011 - 0 Issues, used in RAID 0 24/7 since installing them
  7. OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SATA III - May 2012 - Installed Windows 8, rebooted started to disappear randomly
  8. SanDisk Extreme 240GB SATA III - June 2012 - 0 Issues thus far
So to put in a nice scoreboard (ordered by % good):
  1. 2 of 2 - Corsair
  2. 1 of 1 - SanDisk
  3. 1 of 2 - Imation
  4. 2 of 5 - OCZ
  5. 0 of 2 - Crucial
Long story short, I will not be buying another OCZ SSD drive no matter the price, especially after putting in a Help Ticket stating the exact problem only to be responded with:
Are you receiving any error messages? If so, what error messages are you receiving? Is the drive detected by the computer's BIOS/EFI at all? Does it show up in disk management or disk utility? Are you able to create or delete partitions on the drive? Can you access the drive as a secondary, non-booting, non-raid drive? Can you copy files to or from the drive after creating a new partition on the drive using disk management or disk utility and then full formatting the partition? Normally it is not advisable to full format an SSD, but as a test its a very reliable way to test if the drive is working properly. Can the drive be accessed when attached through a different SATA cable to a different SATA port? There are status indicator lights on the drive. These status indicator lights will provide more information about what the drive is doing. What color lights are lit up when the problem occurs?
Finally got a Silicon Graphics Visual Workstation 330. Not a traditional Silicon Graphics by any means, but the case was neat and fufills a nostalgic purpose. [caption id="attachment_29" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="SGI VS 330 in box"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_31" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="SGI VS 330 Sideview"][/caption] Not wanting to be limited to Dual Pentium 3 933mhz CPUs and no SATA support, I used a spare CPU, ram and motherboard I had laying around. [caption id="attachment_32" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Asus M4A89GTD/USB3, Corsair XMS3 16gb, Athlon II X3 435 and Crucial 64gb"][/caption] In addition I swapped out the rear fan, being 11 years old it was quite noisy. I had a spare CoolerMaster 120mm low-rpm Blue LED fan that fit perfectly in the back. All in all, pretty smooth swap. Downloaded the Network Install CD of OpenSuse 12.1, installed it and was ready to go in under an hour. In it's completed form: [caption id="attachment_33" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Completed swap of parts out of the SGI VS 330"][/caption] All that's left now is to de-scuff the case to bring it back closer to a new state.
My Corsair 430W came today (gotta love Amazon's virtually next day delivery), popped it into the Sun Blade 100 after some work getting it to fit: [caption id="attachment_4111" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="A bit crammed, but it fits and it much, much quieter"][/caption] A bit of a tight fit with all of the extra cables, but I managed to tuck away all of the extra cables underneath the cd-rom drive. One thing to note, because the hard drive power connector is so close to the edge of the case you will most likely need to use a male 4 pin molex connector to a female 4 pin molex connector as my power supplies cables were too thick. With the power supply inside, the machine is nearly silent, which is what I was going for.