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!
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.
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