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I think my SSD is failing but I cant prove it

post #1 of 11
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hello,

The SSD in question is the OCZ Vertex 460A
Everything was going fine for months, suddenly icons in my taskbar started dissapearing, being replaced by the 'missing' icon.

Applications were crashing because DLL files were missing and/or corrupt. Games began to crash and servers reported that my files were corrupt/missing.

Before boot, Windows 7 started frequently saying my disk needed to be checked for errors.
This initially happened once per week, then a couple times then almost every other day.
During the check thousands (literally) of 'orphaned' files and indexes would be recovered etc.

Validating any steam games on would reveal tonnes of files that needed to be redownloaded only for the exact same thing to happen again the next day.

I have games installed on the SSD and other HDDs. Only games on the SSD thus far have become corrupt.
3gb game files would become 0kb corrupted with each restart.



What I tried so far:

I reinstalled windows 7, this did not help. In fact after a few days critical system files became corrupted and it would no longer boot. ( I reinstalled a few more times to no effect)
I upgraded to Windows 10. Issues still remain
I have replaced the SATA cable and power cable. I also connected it to a different motherboard port.
Issues remain. I also made sure that the BIOS was updated and set to AHCI (not sure what this means).
I reset the bios to factory defaults also, no effect.
I downloaded OCZ SSD Utility and made sure that the firmware was the latest.
I ran memtest overnight for like 7 hours and it passed no problem so my RAM is okay.



Here's the problem:
In order for me to RMA where I live i will need to pay shipping both ways which means that if OCZ decides that they dont find whats wrong im in for a hefty cost. Every SSD utility I have is reporting good health 93% no issues which makes me worried that OCz will just send it straight back saying nothing is wrong especially because they errors can be hard to reproduce.

Im running all these tests on the ssd but I cant get any errors to show which is making me doubt my own sanity.
I reinstalled windows on an old HDD and it hasnt given me any problems for the last couple days.

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post #2 of 11
Honestly, it sounds like you've done everything to prove that it is failing. Something is physically wrong with the disk that software isn't reading. To back up your case with a RMA, I would take pictures/screenshots when Windows is repairing files and when Steam is redownloading files.
post #3 of 11
Well OCZ isn't exactly a very reliable SSD brand, what you are describing sounds like along the lines what I was reading about OCZ over the years.

Also, you have only 7TB writes and it's already dropped to 93% health, that's very weak. Both my Samsung SSDs are still at 100% with way way way more writes.
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I agree, sounds like you've done everything you could and I see no other possible failure than the SSD at this point.
     
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I just heard back from OCZ support and as expected they aren't willing to do a warranty swap because the SMART data shows no failures.
The only recommendation was to do a 'secure-erase' which would also apparently reset the controller
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I would re-do your entire system on a spindle disk you know is working great, and see if anything happens. If not, then you know the SSD is kicking the bucket. That may help your RMA claim too, SSD re-do, still problems, spindle HDD re-do, no problems...
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post #7 of 11
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I would re-do your entire system on a spindle disk you know is working great, and see if anything happens. If not, then you know the SSD is kicking the bucket. That may help your RMA claim too, SSD re-do, still problems, spindle HDD re-do, no problems...

Yeah I have, reinstalled windows 10 on a crappy old 5400rpm HDD...been running fine no issues for about 3 days now
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post #8 of 11
Dunno about this particular SSD performance, anyhow as for standard procedure;
Secure erase the SSD > remove the power cord > push the power button > attach the power cord > boot and update the SSD firmware if there are any available.
post #9 of 11
Check the sata cable, and plug into another port if possible.
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Check the sata cable, and plug into another port if possible.

I swapped the ssd with my dvd drive, didnt change anything
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