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I bought a 90G Agility 3 SSD at the beginning of May, and it worked flawlessly for 5 months in my old AMD system. Less than a month ago, I upgraded my rig to what's currently in my sig. I tried to do a fresh install of windows 7 and couldn't. It regognized the SSD partition, but when i clicked install, it just stayed at the install screen on Loading Windows Files..0%, and it would not install. I plugged it into a different PC, only to see there were SMART errors across the board, "old age" and "pre fail". When i checked the SMART data the day before, SSD life was at 100%! I plugged in my HDD and it installed Windows no problem. After a day and a half of tinkering with the SSD, I was able to update the firmware and install windows 7 but with lots of errors, and ofc with all the SMART errors, it was highly unstable and crashed all the time. I ended up RMAing it.

I got a brand new replacement from OCZ. I plugged it in. It showed up in My Computer for about 1 minute, then just disappeared, never to be seen again. The green LED lit when it was powered on, but it was not recognized in the BIOS, or in Windows, or in OCZ Toolbox. I RMAed again.

I recieved another brand new drive today. I plugged it in, updated the firmware, checked the SMART data..."old age" and "pre fail" errors across the board! Windows 8 installed without errors, and scored 8.1 WEI, but I'm still RMAing it.

So my question is, 1. Has anyone had a similar experience with the Agility 3? 2. Is there ANY possibility that anything else in my system could be causing all the SSD failures?

I just find it strange that the first SSD ran with zero issues in my old system for 5 months. As soon as I switched out the CPU and mobo, it died. Then the 2 replacements seemed to die as soon as they came in contact with it as well. Could just be coincidence. What do you guys think?

Edit: Everything in my system is recycled from the AMD build except the CPU and mobo, and everything seems to work fine except the SSD. My 3 HDDs are all healthy.
Edited by mat459 - 10/30/12 at 11:03pm
 
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Most OCZ SSD are crap. The only OCZ SSD that is worth getting is OCZ Vertex 4.
Edited by dixson01974 - 10/30/12 at 11:39pm
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I asked OCZ if they would upgrade, instead of sending the same SSD
 
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Agility 3's have a bad track record, no doubt. Are you running it in AHCI mode set in bios?
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Is the drive's firmware up to date? You should have gotten something else other than an Agility 3.
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Yes, the BIOS is set to AHCI. That's the default. Also the BIOS has a seperate setting for each SATA port, "Hard disk drive" or "Solid State Drive". Im not sure what that does exactly (maybe something with TRIM), but it's set to SSD.

The original drive was 1 release behind on the firmware when it failed. Idk about the 2nd. The current drive shipped with v2.22 i believe. The first thing I did was plug it in and updat the firmware to v2.25 with OCZ Toolbox. The 2nd thing I did was check the SMART data. Errors within probably 10 mins of plugging it in.
 
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OCZ Support says the SMART data is 100% normal.

SMART Data

Model Number: OCZ-AGILITY3
Serial Number: OCZ-1G8IA48GU87Y1GHW
WWN: 5e83a9762d246312

ID ATTRIBUTE STATUS VALUE WORST THRESHOLD TYPE UPDATED RAW
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 120 120 050 Pre-fail Always 0/0
5 Retired_Block_Count 0x0033 100 100 003 Pre-fail Always 0
9 Power-On_Hours 0x0032 100 100 000 Old age Always 28h+39m+48.360s
12 Device_Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old age Always 3
171 Program_Fail_Count 0x0032 000 000 000 Old age Always 0
172 Erase_Fail_Count 0x0032 000 000 000 Old age Always 0
174 Unexpected_Power_Loss 0x0030 000 000 000 Old age Offline 7
177 Wear_Range_Delta 0x0000 000 000 000 Old age Offline 0
181 Program_Fail_Count 0x0032 000 000 000 Old age Always 0
182 Erase_Fail_Count 0x0032 000 000 000 Old age Always 0
187 Reported_Uncorrectable 0x0032 100 100 000 Old age Always 0
194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 030 030 000 Old age Always 30 (Min/Max 30/30)
195 ECC_On-the-Fly_Error_Count 0x001c 100 100 000 Old age Offline 0/0
196 Reallocation_Event_Count 0x0033 100 100 003 Pre-fail Always 0
201 Uncorrectable_Soft_Read_Error_Rate 0x001c 100 100 000 Old age Offline 0/0
204 Soft_ECC_Correction_Rate 0x001c 100 100 000 Old age Offline 0/0
230 Life_Curve_Status 0x0013 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always 100
231 SSD_Life_Left 0x0013 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always 0
241 Lifetime_Writes_from_Host 0x0032 000 000 000 Old age Always 264
242 Lifetime_Reads_to_Host 0x0032 000 000 000 Old age Always 191

What do you think Sean?
OCZ support recommended I do a secure erase using their Linux based toolbox.
 
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What do you think Sean?
OCZ support recommended I do a secure erase using their Linux based toolbox.
Well I'm not Sean, but it wouldn't hurt to try it.
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The firmware was up to date, but I reflashed it and did the secure erase with the linux Toolbox none the less. I was actually referring to the SMART Data? Does anyone know if that is normal? I've never seen it say "old age" and "pre fail" before, except when the drive was not working properly. I believe that was on firmware v2.20 though. Is that just how it is displayed for v2.22 and up? The OCZ guy said "old age" and "pre fail" are just the types of attributes, not actual errors.

Edit: Im gonna reinstall Windows on the SSD and see if I still get crashes and errors now.
 
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The firmware was up to date, but I reflashed it and did the secure erase with the linux Toolbox none the less. I was actually referring to the SMART Data? Does anyone know if that is normal? I've never seen it say "old age" and "pre fail" before, except when the drive was not working properly. I believe that was on firmware v2.20 though. Is that just how it is displayed for v2.22 and up? The OCZ guy said "old age" and "pre fail" are just the types of attributes, not actual errors.
Edit: Im gonna reinstall Windows on the SSD and see if I still get crashes and errors now.
Did you try putting the Rig to sleep and disconnect the rom then do a secure erase?
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