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unexplained OCZ vertex 2 failure

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January 12, 2014 1:46:28 PM

Okay here's the short and simple. My vertex 2 decided it didn't want to boot yesterday.

After a late night of gaming Friday I called it quits and turned off my pc as usual. The next morning the bios didn't recognize my ssd boot drive. A week ago it did the same thing right before I ate dinner. I took it out and stared at it while I ate, and as soon as I finished I went over to my brother's rig and stuck it in there. His Intel 4570 on an msi H87-G43 recognized it immediately. I brought it back to my comp and it booted right up like nothing happened.

I use my computer almost daily and I turn it off at night. I have had the ssd since December of 2010, and I had the usual lock up at sleep mode flaw that these drives have. I rmaed it and used it for maybe a month before trying out linux on it. I got frustrated with arch giving me problems so I let it sit until I had time to mess with it again. That ended up being like a year later when I decided to just reinstall windows again. Well anyways here we are a year and a half later.

The leds on the ssd are showing the usual green constantly. I have let it sit for a day without power and have tried switching the sata ports, but I had no luck.

If I have somehow overlooked another thread that answers this question I apologize, and would greatly appreciate a link. Thanks!
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January 12, 2014 1:51:37 PM

have you tried a firmware update to see if your ssd had one of the older bricking issues. (older ssd with bad firmware after a set time used to brick).
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a c 322 G Storage
January 12, 2014 1:52:03 PM

Did you try to attach it to another computer as a secondary drive? Is it recognized at all then?
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January 12, 2014 2:03:01 PM

had one of the same drives a long time ago. You are lucky it lasted this long mine was never recognized by any device again data gone. I bought an intel one one of my friends has a really early ssd from them thats still kicking hear good things about samsung as well.
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January 12, 2014 2:26:25 PM

I believe the firmware was up to date, but I have now way to confirm that now. I have tried putting it into my dad's laptop and that didn't recognize it. After that I put it into an old p4 Dell that I had lying around and it didn't see the drive also. The odd thing is that the led on the ssd still shows green, and the last time I had any trouble with it it was red.
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a c 322 G Storage
January 12, 2014 3:14:39 PM

JJGfb2 said:
I believe the firmware was up to date, but I have now way to confirm that now. I have tried putting it into my dad's laptop and that didn't recognize it. After that I put it into an old p4 Dell that I had lying around and it didn't see the drive also. The odd thing is that the led on the ssd still shows green, and the last time I had any trouble with it it was red.


While it probably is dead, I would try one more thing, see if you can get DBAN to recognize the drive -- if it does do a secure erase. Otherwise, it's probably a paperweight now.

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a c 129 G Storage
January 12, 2014 3:14:49 PM

do the vendor firmware updater see the drive??
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January 12, 2014 3:32:53 PM

Thanks for the quick responses, but I am afraid that I can't do too much more because I don't have any way to hook this drive up as a secondary drive. I don't have any computers around here that use sata besides the before mentioned laptop that only has one port for the main boot disk. I'll have to wait till my brother can bring his computer here before I can do anything. Thanks again.
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