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Dear readers

So I managed to install my new 120gb OCZ SSD, and Windows 7 with all updates (SP1 too) smoothly. I think it worked perfect for around 2 days.

Just minutes ago, I was browsing on the internet and then my system froze. I was able to move the mouse, but nothing responded. Then after around 30 seconds I got a BSOD with 0xC000000E.

After restarting the PC I wasn't able to boot up on the Windows installation because the drive was inaccessable (typo?). I then booted up on my 2nd windows installation on my 7200rpm harddisk and I wasn't able to find the SSD anymore. Not even in Device Manager or Disk Management.

I used the following options on with it: AHCI and Hot Plug enabled (needed on ASUS Boards). I also had it firmware updated to v2.11 before installing windows onto it.

So here's the question:
Is my SSD dead?
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No, it's not dead. You've experienced the infamous bsod that plagues all these sandforce drives since day 1 that they cannot find a solution for.

Shut down the computer and then start it up. It will come back to life.
Just restarting the computer won't work, you need to shut it down.
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RMA it, get a proper SSD with a Jmicron controller.
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RMA it, get a proper SSD with a Jmicron controller.
JMicron controllers aren't that impressive.

They might not have the same issues as a Sandforce, but Intel, Marvell, Samsung, Indillix, Toshiba, and others likely perform better than even the newest JMicron.
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
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JMicron controllers aren't that impressive.

They might not have the same issues as a Sandforce, but Intel, Marvell, Samsung, Indillix, Toshiba, and others likely perform better than even the newest JMicron.
Less headache, more value. =P
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Okay, thanks for the heads up guys. Seems kind of stupid that you would release an SSD with such a big fault. They should call them back like Intel did with the early Sandy Bridge sata controllers.

Anyways guys, do you have any other SSDs in mind instead of this? I need it for as fast as possible OS and gaming.

Thank you so much so far!
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Originally Posted by Arkheios View Post
Okay, thanks for the heads up guys. Seems kind of stupid that you would release an SSD with such a big fault. They should call them back like Intel did with the early Sandy Bridge sata controllers.

Anyways guys, do you have any other SSDs in mind instead of this? I need it for as fast as possible OS and gaming.

Thank you so much so far!
Follow Blameless' post, make sure you research on the controller before you purchase and avoid anything Sandforce.
post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arkheios View Post
Anyways guys, do you have any other SSDs in mind instead of this? I need it for as fast as possible OS and gaming.

Thank you so much so far!
Crucial C300/M4. There's one firmware update, but it's easy to apply, and there are no unknown crash or BSOD issues.

http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx
http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-St...ead/td-p/52030

With SSDs, Crucial has a better track record than even Intel.
     
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Crucial C300/M4. There's one firmware update, but it's easy to apply, and there are no unknown crash or BSOD issues.

http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx
http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-St...ead/td-p/52030

With SSDs, Crucial has a better track record than even Intel.
As of what I can see all the SSDs are only half as fast as the Sandforce driven SSDs?
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As of what I can see all the SSDs are only half as fast as the Sandforce driven SSDs?
The sandforce drives are benchmark queens.

Most of your day to day usage happens at 4k. In that regard, the Crucial and the Sandforce are viirtually neck and neck.

The Sandforce has a higher sequential read and write. But nowhere even close to double the Crucial.

If you and I were to have someone switch out our max iops with an M4 without telling us, we'd never know until we ran a benchmark.
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