Hello all, long time
Well, I thought I would share a cautionary tale about OCZ and their Vertex 2 drives. I'm on my second one and it has problems.
So, 1st drive. I put it into my Novatech laptop and it works for about 6 days before it locks itself and didn't accept writes. RMA back to Aria. Shame it was from Aria as I paid the postage and had the hassle.
Ok so I went back to the hard drive it cam with whilst looking at getting a new laptop for software development. You probably don't know but I work for a start up software company managing the software product, its designed to be highly scalable, multi core and eat all your RAM
I settled on the Samsung RF710 laptop due to the i7 chip and 6gb of RAM. Enough for decent development. I then decided to get another SSD and went for the Vertex 2 120gb from Novatech this time (local, so easy to pickup rather than get the posty sitting on it!)
This drive now has its own problems. It locks up for 30-50 seconds where any hard drive activity is queued.
I have had an email chain with Eric at OCZ and then on the forum.
I'll copy + paste most of it to here, incase they delete or modify it.
The drive performs nicely except for random 30-50 second freezes where the computer is semi responsive but the hard drive light is solid.
I've upgraded to 1.24 firmware.
The version of Intel RST is 188.8.131.521 which is the version that came with the laptop. I'v tried the official Intel version and version 10, neither did anything.
I've disabled the page file, defrag, in power setting made it never turn off hard drives and turned off write caching. Nothing seems to have solved it. Also tried in various combinations of on and off.
It has been left idle at login for about 8 hours this week already.
In power options, disk power off is set to never, PCI Express power saving are set to off.
Laptop: Samsung RF710:
Specific spec I went for:
(Came with 2 500gb hard drives, think their site is wrong, swapped one for the Vertex 2 120G
Stuff I have installed:
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 (AV+Firewall+Scanner)
Office 2010 32bit
Visual Studio 2008 Pro
Visual Studio 2010 Pro
SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition (Full everything)
NetBeans and Java JDK
.NET 2, 3.5 and 4 SDK
Performance graph of a freeze: