Who else has an SSD that died?

Has an SSD died on you?


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FrgMstr

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Long story short, stay the hell away from Corsair SSDs.
http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87524


I reached out to Corsair about this when I saw that you were unhappy with its product. Corsair seems to think that you had trouble that it had corrected and made you happy with through Corsair's support. Obviously this is not the case given your statements here.


Please PM me if you would like someone else at Corsair to reach out to you.
 

Old Hippie

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I guess I'm really blessed.

I just had my second Intel 80GB G2 bite the dust.

Everything seemed to be OK 'till I started using W7 64bit.
 

drescherjm

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Trim causing problems? How did your Intel G2 die? I mean drive totally disapear? Can't write? Corruption?
 

Old Hippie

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Trim causing problems? How did your Intel G2 die? I mean drive totally disapear? Can't write? Corruption?

I've been working with two new Intel 80GB G2 drives for @ a month.

I've been trying to run them in RAID0 on W7 64bit but it's been a major headache....drives continually dropping from the array and on Monday while trying another reinstall, I couldn't even get past the Asus start screen with one of the drives connected.

The other drive was fine.

I RMA'd the bad drive, got it on Wed, and while trying a fresh RAID0 install yesterday the other drive died and prevents the system from getting past the Asus "welcome" screen....exact same scenario as the first dead drive.

I still have 2 80GB G1s that ran fine in RAID0 with Vista 32bit but ever since going to W7 64bit it's been a nightmare.
 

Druneau

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I've been using my vertex for around 6 months now. For the last 3 months it's been the only drive in my system. The result is that it gets full+cleaned out from time to time.

All I got was some slowdown last week (down to 100mb/s read ~30 sequential write). I ran the wiper.exe tool from OCZ for the first time and all is back up to speed.
 

rive22

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OCZ Vertex still going strong here @ 5 1/2 months. Still benches like it did the first day I got it.

I Quote my post, My Vertex DIED Today. It's bricked and all I did was format and install a new OS. 10 Minutes later bsod and dead drive. 5 1/2 months. Very disappointing!
 
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My family member was running a X-25M G1 on XP 32-bit...not sure of the specifics, but it had some BSoD's and eventually had to be RMA'ed.

I was using a X-25M G2 on 7 64-bit...TRIM was working, had it aligned correctly, absolutely no warning, just a BSoD, then a boot disk error message. The BIOS could see the drive fine, but again, a Linux distro revealed that only 8MB of the drive was visible. Deleting and recreating the partition table made no difference, completely bricked. I was able to erase that 8MB partition, so that bit of it was writable, but I still couldn't see the rest of the drive.

I think it's quite possible we're being kept in the dark regarding something. When I called Intel and described the problem, they didn't even try to troubleshoot the issue, they just said it can't be fixed and to RMA it. I have a feeling they've seen a lot of this.

The failure rate of mechanical drives (not counting damage from shipping) over the first two years is pretty low...most people with SSD's haven't even had them two years, but I suspect the failure rate is already 3-5x higher.
 

Old Hippie

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I think it's quite possible we're being kept in the dark regarding something
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I'm not much for conspiracy theories and I very seldom read about Intel SSDs being RMA'd but damn, I've got 2 sitting here and I can't be the only one.

I'm using HDDErase 3.3 on these things when they need a reinstall but I've never read of a problem with it.

I've played with everything and unless it's a MB problem I dunno what to say.
 

Old Hippie

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Just wanted to update.....my 3rd Intel G2 has died.

I had a long discussion with Intel's SSD "pro" and she has no idea why these drives are dying.

She did say using HDDErase was no problem.
 

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Old Hippie: i can't say for certain, but it is entirely possible that your failures have a common root cause. For example, bad cabling and power supply/voltage issues are two subjects that could play a role.

Somehow it seems very unlikely that several failures of the same hardware did not have a root cause. Then again, i would be more than interested in finding the true cause. However, my own experience tells me it is not always possible to know what actually caused some problem. All you see is the symptoms, not the root cause.
 

Kangg

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Sorry to hear about your bad luck, but throwing a hissy fit like a 5 year old does not usually work very well. :rolleyes: Calm down , take a deep breath and call Corsair and ask to speak with a supervisor. Shit goes bad. I'd give then the opportunity to send out one more drive. If that one dies too then either you have the worst luck in the world or I'd be looking at something in my system killing drives.Give em a chance to make it right.
 

Lateralus

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Old Hippie: i can't say for certain, but it is entirely possible that your failures have a common root cause. For example, bad cabling and power supply/voltage issues are two subjects that could play a role.

Somehow it seems very unlikely that several failures of the same hardware did not have a root cause. Then again, i would be more than interested in finding the true cause. However, my own experience tells me it is not always possible to know what actually caused some problem. All you see is the symptoms, not the root cause.

No kidding. I hadn't really seen any reports of X25-M failures until this thread. Maybe one or two...but I'd be interested in knowing why Rick's drives are dying since he alone accounts for a good portion of the X25-M failure rate. :p
 

Old Hippie

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For example, bad cabling and power supply/voltage issues are two subjects that could play a role.

Believe me, been there, done that....kinda strange my G1's didn't have the same problem. :confused:


but I'd be interested in knowing why Rick's drives are dying since he alone accounts for a good portion of the X25-M failure rate.

I guess somebody's gotta do it. :D
 

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I have three Intel SSD's (one is SLC) and all work great. I'm glad I spent the extra money on Intel.
 

Old Hippie

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I've been using my new/latest drives since Tuesday.

I may have gotten two good ones this time!
 

sub.mesa

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Forgive me for saying this, Old Hippie, but somehow i hope those two die as well, which would be almost irrefutable proof that there is another cause for these failures related to your specific environment.

If they do not fail and continue to work, that would still make it reasonable to assume that you may have just gotten two bad samples; but that would be a negative thing for Intel; as that means its their fault and not something in your particular setup.

Anyway, please keep us advised! I'd love to hear how this plays out. But who knows, they may continue to work for 20 years in the exact same system/environment as the other two that failed. :D
 

cleanerPA

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I have had no issues at all with two Intel X25-M 1st gen drives. They're hammered daily on our database server without any issues, going on over 1 year now.
 

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Well I've had 1 OCZ Vertex 60 gig and 2 Patriot 64 gig SSDs fail on me in the last year ...

I'm pretty pissed off with the technology but I won't rule it out in the future. I'm trying to get my OCZ replaced though.
 

rive22

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Well I've had 1 OCZ Vertex 60 gig and 2 Patriot 64 gig SSDs fail on me in the last year ...

I'm pretty pissed off with the technology but I won't rule it out in the future. I'm trying to get my OCZ replaced though.


Did you rma it? I sent my 30GB vertex off, when it gets back I'm going to sell it and buy a new Sandforce :)
 

Old Hippie

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Somehow it seems very unlikely that several failures of the same hardware did not have a root cause. Then again, i would be more than interested in finding the true cause. However, my own experience tells me it is not always possible to know what actually caused some problem. All you see is the symptoms, not the root cause.
I agree with you 110%.

I've always been the analytical type and I was a Millright for 30 yrs. Troubleshooting was my speciality.

I was hoping to find a "constant" but never did.

That being said my final two RMAs have had no "hitches" what so ever.

All the G2 drives before this required at least two failed installs before they became stable.

It's only been a week for the fresh install but there's no way that anyone will convince me that I didn't have three bad drives in a row.

If you ever see a report of a massive explosion in Ohio, that'll be me in self-destruction mode after another disc failure. :D
 

rive22

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2nd Vertex died on me this morning. Original Vertex. less than a year old.

stats = Regular use, benched maybe twice in it's life. superfetch & indexing always off, pagefile was on disk. Maybe 3 complete win7 installs. Not much writing other than that, mainly lots of reading.
 

hardal

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I guess i'm always lucky. Probably due to the fact i don't normally write/transfer that often. Once data goes in, it usually never gets deleted. Its just my habit. Fingers crossed, i don't want any of mine to break down.
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DocSilly

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My Super Talent UltraDrive GX 128GB (FTM28GX25H) died on me after 18 months use as OS drive. I was able to get an Image of my Data before the drive became completely inaccessible. It started with a BSOD and SSD not being recognized by AHCI BIOS during boot though it worked again after reboot - for a while. I was able to RMA it. I put the RMA drive into my fileserver as ZFS cachedrive and put a Corsair Force Series F240 into my main rig, hoping it'll last longer.
 

msx

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i have. an intel g1 80gb, it died after i had the stupid idea of using an app to write zeros in it, it made the ssd useless. stoped working, now i have a c300 128gb with trim.
 

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Seems posting positives in this thread can jinx working SSD's? I'll try my luck I guess... I have two OCZ Vertex2 50GB's in two separate systems, both Debian amd64, going on almost a year.
 

drescherjm

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i have. an intel g1 80gb, it died after i had the stupid idea of using an app to write zeros in it, it made the ssd useless. stoped working, now i have a c300 128gb with trim.

Do you know how many zeros you wrote? I assume that was 10s of TB?
 

kasakka

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About a year with the X25-M G2 160 GB in my Macbook Pro and it still runs good as new.

Was thinking of grabbing the OCZ Vertex 3 for my desktop PC (Win7 64-bit) but am concerned about reliability vs Intel. OCZ seem to have the speed advantage this time but I haven't been too keen about the "users as beta testers" type thing they've been doing in the past.
 

james__bean

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I've owned 9 SSDs at one point or another and I haven't had a single failure. I've had 3 Vertex 30GBs, 2 Intel x-18M G1 80GB, 3 Vertex 2 60GB and a Mushkin Callisto 60GB. I sold one of the Vertex 30GB and the Mushkin Callisto to co-workers and they're both still running solid. I actually snapped off the "L" part of the SATA power connector on one of my Vertex drives and that thing is still going strong. I'm really really lucky when it comes to storage. I've purchased about 16TB worth of regular hard drives in last couple years and haven't had a failure there either. To be honest, it kinda feels like I'm due for a failure which is why I purchased some additional Samsung 2TB drives a month ago to ensure I have total redundancy of my data.
 

Druneau

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Well it seems a while back I voted "no, not yet". Well the YET has arrived lol.

I purchased a vertex 2 to go with my vertex 1. After 1 month I boot up the computer and pouf, the vertex 2 can't be detected by the bios. Tried it in another computer (and various SATA ports) and no go.

Seems it went into "Panic Mode" and the only fix was RMA... lot's of fun...
 

get-a-name

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Look up reviews on newegg and look at the % of 1star reviews you see for the drives you want. I think intel and crucial have the lowest fail rates with that methodology.
 

xeonMP

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I haven't had any ssds die yet however my c300 makes loud high pitched noises if that counts towards anything.
 
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I had two out of four OCZ Core v2 256 GB SSD's die on me. I barely got the drives replaced out of warranty and it took a month and a lot of dealings with OCZ to get them to honor my warranty due to me not buying from an 'authorized' reseller.
 

drescherjm

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what do you mean?:confused:

I wanted to know how many zeros were written by the application. Discussed in this quote.

i have. an intel g1 80gb, it died after i had the stupid idea of using an app to write zeros in i

I assume the answer is you do not know how much data was written. Did you write the program? I am trying to figure out if the failure was actually wearing out the NAND or some other reason.
 

berzerker

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Just wondering, when SSDs die is there any way to recover some data off them? (Without sending it to a specialist.)

When hard drives fail, I've usually been able to recover most of the data off them with various utilities.
 
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