1) Drive dissapearing entireley never to be seen again by bios or windows.
2) Random crashes that are unreproducable (i.e totally random)
That's what I've had in the past mostly with OCZ.
I think however the problem my drive (as with many others I've read about) is that it didn't seem to be the actual data storage side of things that failed or degraded, but rather the controller. I'm just wondering whether it would be practical to develop a 'whole drive' sensor and monitoring package rather than just the read/write and uptime based stats. It does seem that with disk based drives you can get important data back upon failure, but with SSD's you may have almost zero chance of it (dependent on failure type) and any kind of early warning would be of benefit to end users.
@Dos_Box, have you tried updating the firmware ? It seemed to improve the stability of the Kingston SSDs we use here.
Try SSD life - tool for solid state drives health and endurance monitoring It shows SSD wear.
My original Intel X-25 lasted a day before it was hit with a strange bug where it showed its storage as 8Mb
I had problems with a 6 month old OCZ SSD - would randomly turn off/vanish causing the pc to bluescreen - when restarted didn't show up in BIOS and had to shutdown and turn back on for the drive to appear. Requested an RMA, they told me they wouldn't replace until I'd done a firmware update followed by a secure erase.
Firmware was up-to-date, so I did the secure erase using their software. After this it's worked constantly for 6 more months without an issue....
I still don't get why anyone would buy anything other an Intel SSD
They build them completely differently to other manufactures with reliability a priority.
We still have not had a single failure using either the X-25M, 330 or 520 series drives.
Who's who in SSD? - Intel
As for them making theirs differently, how? They don't make their own controllers, for a start...
This is the drive we currently use Review: Intel 520 Series SSD (240GB) - Storage - HEXUS.net - Page 8
The 5 year warranty tells you something, not that I have ever had to use it for any machine... ever
Specifically Intel Over Provision the amount of memory chips inside the SSD so that if a complete chip fails you wont loose anything. Thats why they have lower capacities than other manufacturers and higher prices.
They also have a feature that, in the event of a power failure keeps holds enough charge in the resistors to complete the write operation
Lastly they build their own PCB with proper components unlike most other manufacturers who rebrand stuff and use cheaper bits (*Cough* OCZ).
Be acreful assuming they are bad drives becuse the speed doesnt set the world on fire. I personally have no interest in speed, its a completely pointless metric when it comes to using SSD drives in a work environment. Its all about reliability for me and for that Intel is king.
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