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Question:

Anyone have any advice on testing a used SSD to make sure it's not a piece of crap?

Background:

I'd like to make sure it's in good standing (or at least 95% new, performance-wise) when it gets here so that I can return it immediately if necessary. This will be my first SSD ever, and is due to arrive in a couple of days. I'd really like to give it to my girlfriend as a present for helping me out so much (it's been a rough year), but I'll have to load up Windows 7 and make sure it's okay first.

Me being a night owl, I saw a deal this morning for a used Vertex 3 120GB HDD for $124.36 + Free Prime Shipping from Amazon's Warehouse Deals vendor. I've heard the horror stories surrounding anything OCZ, but I'm an experienced IT not just a gamer, and so I'm (begrudgingly) willing to troubleshoot this if need be. I've also wanted an SSD since they started getting popular more than 5 years ago, but trying to keep up with bills > SSD thrills. For so close to $1/GB, I figure there's no way this can go wrong, but I guess we'll find out thumb.gif *waits for piano to fall from sky*
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HDtune or ChrystalDiskMark. I think we couldv'e found you a better deal smile.gif
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+rep and ty

Oh that's it? I figured I'd need some obscure software I'd never heard of, ack. Well that makes things too simple.

And yeah, I'm really crossing my fingers on this one v_v

Worst case is I keep it for myself for testing and also to replace my piece of crap 100GB 2nd Gen Raptor, then buy her a brand new Intel 520 later this month.
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OCZ uses two benches to test it's drives. As-ssd and Atto. Those are the only two I suggest as well.

OCZ Vertex 3 product page

This way, you can compare your results to theirs to see if it's working properly.
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If you get Intel their "Intel toolbox" will give you how many Gb's it written how many hours are left and it's health
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Oh that's it? I figured I'd need some obscure software I'd never heard of, ack. Well that makes things too simple.
And yeah, I'm really crossing my fingers on this one v_v
Worst case is I keep it for myself for testing and also to replace my piece of crap 100GB 2nd Gen Raptor, then buy her a brand new Intel 520 later this month.

That's what most people use when they are testing theirs. I know it won't be a be all test but it should show anything that sticks out performance wise. I believe the Vertex 3 wasn't having the issues that the Vertex 2 had. I neglected to mention AS SSD as well
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Thanks, guys.

I'll try both methods just to be thorough, and I'm pretty sure the Intel tip will come in handy; I'd really rather get her a brand new drive with 5-year warranty after thinking about it.

But the more I think about (and HEAR it), my extremely noisy 6-year-old Raptor has got to G.T.F.O, and so this Vertex 3 -- even if a pain in the ass -- will at least give me a guinea pig for getting her Intel up and going in a flash tongue.gif

EDIT: Just found out on Wikipedia (and through Lavalys Everest) that my 150GB WD Raptor is indeed 6 years old, and it's not incredibly fast because it's only 1.5Gb/s SATA!!! I never thought to look it up, as I got it for free from a client in 2008. If I knew that THAT was why it seemed not much different from my regular 7200RPM drives all these years, I would've thrown it in the trash a long time ago! What an obscenely hot and loud pain, and I feel like a moron for never having looked this up before...

Oh wait, I remember having looked this up a few years back. I just forgot mad.gif

Edited by Wage - 3/6/12 at 7:04am
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