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Failed OCZ Vertex 2?

Hi Folks,

Yesterday my OCZ Vertex 2 120GB stopped working (just under 1 year old). Here are the symptoms:

- Computer "crashed" showing the HDD indicator solidly on. The only way to get the computer to respond was by resetting.

- Windows could not find boot device (it turns out that my 100mb system partition was on my 1TB mechanical HDD)

- OCZ Vertex 2 was recognized as "Hitachi <some codename>" for a while - which is odd as I do not have any Hitachi components in my computer. Now it is not recognized at all.

- Vertex 2 drive showing red + green LEDs.

- About a week ago my Windows 7 boot partition corrupted and I had to reformat ... Could this have been a sign of the Vertex 2 on its "last legs"?

I have tried unplugging the drive, leaving it for an hour/overnight and reconnecting it as suggested in an OCZ Technology forum. No response from drive.

So is my SSD dead?
Anything else I should try before I RMA?

Cheers,

Luke
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  1. Windows can crash due to lots of different things, a bad hard drive being one of those. Not really a way to say for sure if it was because of the drive though.

    Drive sounds pretty dead to me, send it back.
  2. Thanks for the reply!

    tomatthe said:
    Windows can crash due to lots of different things, a bad hard drive being one of those. Not really a way to say for sure if it was because of the drive though.


    ++I initially thought it was a "routine" windows 7 crash. But when I reset to find that the computer could not find the boot drive I assumed that it was the SSD failing. I am also having issues with my GPU drivers at the moment so it could've been a (very) unlucky coincidence that the GPU drivers crashed the system just as the SSD decided to fail.

    Anyway I will take the SSD back to the store tomorrow, and see if I can get them to replace it with an Intel or Crucial drive. After a quick Google I've noticed that the OCZ drives are not very reliable with a lot of people having issues with their drives.

    Do you know of any other reputable SSD makers, or good models? I would like to stay away from OCZ in the future!


    Luke
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    Samsung and Intel seem to be what people prefer for reliability sake. Probably be safe with either of those, I use a Samsung, but that's just because I happened to find a better deal on it vs the Intel drive.

    I'm not sure where you're located, but that's one hell of a return policy if you can return something almost a year old and swap it for a different drive altogether.

    Do not end up with a Corsair drive though.
  4. tomatthe said:

    I'm not sure where you're located, but that's one hell of a return policy if you can return something almost a year old and swap it for a different drive altogether.


    Yeah ... I'm doubting my chances too! Doesn't hurt to be optimistic though!!
  5. My failed OCZ Vertex 2 has been sent off to be repaired/refurbished/replaced by OCZ. Expected is at least three weeks without my SSD -- which means putting up with an extremely slow 2.5" notebook HDD I scrounged from a dead laptop.

    Thanks for the input tomatthe, and I hope that I'll have better luck with the next SSD --- although looking through the OCZ support forums it doesn't seem likely :/

    Cheers,

    Luke
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