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Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 1TB woes

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Alright, so I've had two of these drives for almost a year (purchased at NCIX).
Having issues creating an account on Mushkin's official forums as they have some sort of authentication glitch that bans new registrations, and NCIX's site is buggy (offline) - so figured I'd post here to see if there are any geniuses that can read SMART/disk info. (yes, also contacting Mushkin directly).

First off, symptoms of imminent drive failure started occurring on the secondary drive.

System specs:
Asus 990FX Crosshair V formula Z, 8370 4.6GHZ stock voltage overclock, system unaffected by default or OC profiles
32GB 1.5v Radeon 1866 RAM
GTX 980
2x Mushkin MKNSSDRE1TB 1000.2GB
Seasonic 860W Platinum
OS: Windows 10 x64 Pro

Secondary drive started exhibiting Windows slowdowns almost immediately, symptoms only immediately noticed upon backing up data. It was going -- too slow, shall we say. So I ended up restarting, windows got stuck in an endless white-spinning-wheel thing "Rebooting" for a few minutes, drive activity showing read access and "heartbeat" write. Force-off, Windows "repairs" drive D. Except it doesn't. Go into chkdsk and it repairs disk. Reboot computer, suddenly the SSD is gone. Launch Windows RE, do a repartition just in case - get "Error 0x80070057". Try chkdsk again, CRC error. No 100 disk utilities out there would touch it.

The weird thing is that it allowed a single reformat (showing it was completed properly), then nothing. Now the SSD doesn't show at all (triple checked everything). All cables are properly plugged in, no BIOS issues (hey, this thing has been running close to a year).

Now the primary SSD is starting to act the same - which is Windows boot. Clean installed, Windows is hanging sometimes, but at least this first drive is trying to hang in there, as it were. SMART data is quite vague using CrystalDisk and SSDLife Pro.

SMART status says OK and HEALTHY on both apps, but the device performance is saying otherwise, the SSD data looks like it's also begging to differ here (the current numbers are above "threshold". According to SSDLife, not all values are reported.

Mushkin does not have new firmware updates - no drive utilities exist for it either, so OS dependant features.
I don't want to run CrystalBench since I think that'll ultimately break the only disk I have in this machine, which is struggling as it is.


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Why do all these tools show different values? I think HD Tune might be more accurate as it shows data entries instead of "Unknown Attribute" or "Vendor Specific".
But now that the data is known (at least by HDTune), so this appears to be okay. Still, nothing explains why this SSD is exhibiting similar symptoms of failure when SMART data is okay - or is it not? I'm confused as none of this data is consistent throughout any program.


Everything else checks out did run a benchmark for the hellas, consistent read/write per advertised spec, so not certain what's wrong here on the primary disk. I'll definitely have to contact Mushkin on this one...
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Did two tests, one with WD LifeGuard and another with HDTune's Error Checking, zero errors. No reallocated blocks/sectors. Everything aligned peachy.
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Originally Posted by DeviceP0tat0 View Post

Why do all these tools show different values?
What different values? SSDLife shows current and worst values as 64 (hexadecimal) that are 100 in decimal format. CDI and SSDLife show raw values in hexadecimal format and HD Tune show them in decimal format.

In the past I have been searching for SMART layout for SM2246EN controller and I have found this:
01 Read error rate
05 Reallocated sectors count
09 Power-on hours
0C Power cycle count
A0 Uncorrectable sector count when read/write
A1 Number of valid spare block
A3 Number of initial invalid block
A4 Total erase count
A5 Maximum erase count
A6 Minimum erase count
A7 Average erase count
A8 Max erase count of spec
A9 Remain Life (percentage)
AF Program fail count in worst die
B0 Erase fail count in worst die
B1 Total wearlevel count
B2 Runtime invalid block count
B5 Total program fail count
B6 Total erase fail count
BB Uncorrectable error count
CO Power-off retract count
C2 Controlled temperature
C3 Hardware ECC recovered
C4 Reallocation event count
C6 Uncorrectable error count off-line
C7 UltraDMA CRC error count
E1 Total LBAs written (each write unit = 32MB)
E8 Available reserved space
F1 Total LBAs written (each write unit = 32MB)
F2 Total LBAs read (each read unit = 32MB)

I hope it may be handy for you smile.gif
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