Originally Posted by Dustin1
Problem solved. The laziness of others doesn't make it a bad drive, nor does it make the reviews correct just means people are lazy and want something to complain about.
and furthermore...though I agree the OP's reason for starting this thread is suspicious (OCZ fanboy? employee? stockholder?)...and his reasoning, based only on newegg reviews, is specious at best, the fact of the matter is that the people leaving those reviews are not the enthusiasts that frequent these forums. They are not the ones who have any patience for troubleshooting or understanding that a "failure" may not be a FAILURE. And they are not necessarily lazy.
Playing devil's advocate a bit here...
Let's remember, that it wasn't that long ago that the only thing you ever flashed was the BIOS. I don't think I ever flashed firmware on a mechanical drive. I only once or twice flashed firmware on a CD/DVDRW drive.
Also, the symptoms caused by the 0009 firmware (5184 hours) such as freezing, rebooting, etc...could be caused by many, many things including RAM, software, power, board. The SSD firmware was certainly *not* my first thought. Now, I flashed it as one of my troubleshooting steps...buy many, many people out there would not necessarily think to do the same. It can take hours and days to troubleshoot those types of problems and quite a few people aren't going to do that. To many people, if you power up and the drive is not seen in BIOS or your boot order...you call the drive dead and replace it.
Then, when you visit the Crucial site, they only give you the firmware information on the currently released version of the firmware. The info on firmware 010G does *not* tell you that back on version 0309 they fixed an issue causing hourly reboots and freezes, etc. (the 5184 hours problem). So how are people to know that 010G will help them at all? On top of that, the 010G info says it may not work with UEFI systems. You have a bunch of UEFI systems now...how many people are going to try since Crucial says up front it may not flash.
It was only after I had flashed to 010G and still had problems with my drive being recognized that I started searching through Crucial's forums. It is only by sheer chance that I found out about the 5184 hours issue. Certainly in my thread started on these forums, no one mentioned it. On top of that I was still having problems on 010G with the drive being recognized.What if some of those reviews on Newegg are from people who did due diligence and flashed the firmware
? Maybe they are having the problems I did with 010G. Why should they go any further and try to find the previous firmware (which is not linked on Crucial's web pages) and downflash. Why wouldn't they just call it a dead drive? If Crucial's SSD support pages don't mention it or link it, why would someone trying to troubleshoot their problems go to the forums to look for links to previous firmware. And forums on company websites are not always all that helpful.
And...how did Crucial release a firmware that caused a SMART error after x number of hours anyway? And why don't they leave multiple links/versions of the firmware up?
Is it any wonder then that people leave negative reviews?So to sum up...
I think the OP was just trying to stir up trouble and/or trying to promote OCZ for personal gain.
I think many of the negative reviews on Newegg are not truly failures and the OP's reasoning is misled at best.
If Crucial can't do a better job of getting information out there...well, then...who is really to blame?
Are some of the people posting negative reviews lazy
? Yes. All of them? No.
Having gone through the troubleshooting I have done in the last week...I can certainly understand why some of those negative reviews exist.