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Curious. I'm looking at buying a SSD (actually looking at used drives right now in the marketplace here).

I've come across a few OCZ Vertex 2's. I believe those are Sandforce 1222.

Well, I've heard that even those early Sandforce drives are getting that "BSOD Bug" that the new ones are prone to have.

Can anybody comment on this, or maybe have a source to prove one way or the other?

This is making me VERY uneasy about the jump to an SSD again. I already was because of the price, but if I'm going to be unstable from it....I'll stick to mechanical.
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My friend bought a Vertex 2 and he loves it. They're dirt cheap and reasonably fast though I'm pretty sure the Agility 2 drives have SF-1222 while the Vertex 2s have SF-1200.

I have a Vertex 3 (SF-2000) which they're calling the second generation of SandForce (mostly due to SATAIII speeds) and no issues at all.
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The drives have an awesome read/write performance but usually fail after 2-3 months.
     
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Originally Posted by bigkahuna360 View Post
The drives have an awesome read/write performance but usually fail after 2-3 months.
Where the hell did you get that from? Even the flash SDDs last longer than that.

The drives with MLC NAND have a life expectancy of 20 years (though only if you never use it), and the older SSDs have a lifespan of 5 years if you write 20GB per day, although the newer drives with TRIM support and synchronous NAND which could potentially double that!
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Where the hell did you get that from? Even the flash SDDs last longer than that.

The drives with MLC NAND have a life expectancy of 20 years (though only if you never use it), and the older SSDs have a lifespan of 5 years if you write 20GB per day, although the newer drives with TRIM support and synchronous NAND which could potentially double that!
You are right, the NAND does last that long. However, the controller provides reliable performance for nowhere as long as what you have mentioned. I personally use a Vertex II, and it died on me in 2 months. It just decided not to boot, and completely disappeared from the system, as well as the bios. I had to switch it back to IDE mode (losing about 40MB/s from both read/write) as well as run the OCZ secure erase (which revived my drive, at the expense of all the data).

There was no way to recover the data, as the secure erase utility was the only thing capable of recognizing the drive. Luckily, there was nothing really important on it, since it died in two months. On the other hand, I have never encountered a Vertex II related BSOD.
    
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You are right, the NAND does last that long. However, the controller provides reliable performance for nowhere as long as what you have mentioned. I personally use a Vertex II, and it died on me in 2 months.
Anecdotal evidence.
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On behalf of all the bad reviews saying that they died after 2-3 months of use I am inclined to believe that they are true
     
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I cannot disagree with that. However, you can go to the OCZ forums and compile all the anecdotal evidence in the troubleshooting section and obtain some better statistics. I did that before purchasing, but I was kind of hoping I would get lucky and land a good drive.

Most satisfied users will be happy with the drive, and never visit the OCZ forum. It is also very likely that many good vertex II drives are out there. Most drives seem to have died after being put into some form of sleep or low power state. I assume you should be fine if you avoid that.
    
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Have proper backups and that wouldn't happen.

crucials and Intels forums have problem reports too. Its the old vocal minority. If you had a perfectly working drive, odds are you wouldn't visit the forums to let them know that.

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The drives have an awesome read/write performance but usually fail after 2-3 months.
this^ i have 2 agility2 paperweights.Non-Sandforce controller drives are the way to go.I just got an m4 :: i might try that ide /zero out trick..
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