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I am helping a friend choose an SSD drive, and a lot of people on newegg are complaining that their SSD drive has failed within just a few months, OCZ in particular. Are SSD drives just as prone to failure as mechanical?

Should I go with a different brand, like Samsung?

I am leaning towards getting the OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5

I have to go with a 3.5 drive because my friends case doesn't support 2.5
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They make adapters, and the Corsair Drives are pretty solid and even more so are the Intel Drive. In my experience, the Bad experiences with an ssd comes from the initial OS install rather than an actual problem with the drive. There are guides that can help you install your os to the SSD and user and program data to the HDD, which will help with the overcrowding that happens so often on these zippy little drives.



They make these too if you want to populate the front drive with a easy access to the Drives,or it can me mounted internally:



Read the reviews on the Egg lightly understand that not everyone knows what they are talking about when "Reviewing" a product. Some people give 1 egg because it took 3 days to get their house.
Edited by cook - 6/16/11 at 9:40am
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post #3 of 11
SSDs as a whole shouldn't be failure-prone, but if they are made with cheap parts, they definitely will and do fail. I would recommend avoiding OCZ because of this.
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SSDs actually tend to be more reliable than traditional hard drives except maybe for the server grade hard drives. They do not rely on a motor and spinning mechanical parts which are subject to shock and mechanical wear/lubrication etc...
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Hmmm yes I had a Kingston 64GB SSDNow V100 2.5" SATA-II fail on me, first one but it was installed in a Clients PC - apparently there was some new Patch Updates that may or may not of caused the failure. But in all honesty I was very suprised that this device failed at all as they are usually very reliable....

Anyway I digress. ;-)
    
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I've owned my Intel X-25M for at least half a year now already with 3 fresh OS installs, games, etc and still runs like the day I bought it.
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Depends where you look. If we look at SandForce SF-2281 based drivers (OCZ Agility 3, Vertex 3 and Corsair Force 3), then currently you're looking at a high failure/death rate. It will take SandForce a couple of months to fix all the problems via firmware updates and if they can't, to realise they need to RMA LOADS or just simply recall as Corsair did with their Force 3 SSDs.

Note however that I had absolutely no problems with my OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD and it worked like a dream from day 1. I only sold it on eBay because I wanted a Vertex 3 (big mistake, considering!!). Reliability wise, Vertex 2Es are very good SSDs.
    
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pretty much all ssds come with adapters
     
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They make adapters, and the Corsair Drives are pretty solid and even more so are the Intel Drive. In my experience, the Bad experiences with an ssd comes from the initial OS install rather than an actual problem with the drive. There are guides that can help you install your os to the SSD and user and program data to the HDD, which will help with the overcrowding that happens so often on these zippy little drives.



They make these too if you want to populate the front drive with a easy access to the Drives,or it can me mounted internally:



Read the reviews on the Egg lightly understand that not everyone knows what they are talking about when "Reviewing" a product. Some people give 1 egg because it took 3 days to get their house.
Exactly this. Most people just buy parts and have other people assemble them. Making a whole frenzy of knowledgeable people is easy.... I do not personally own an SSD. BUT, most everybody who I have seen use them, including a couple close friends have never had issues with them. InerTia*
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Thank everyone for all of your input. The main reason why I have to go with a 3.5 SSD is because my friend's computer is a 5 year old intel iMac. So I don't know if a 2.5 SSD will work or not.
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