Reviews and Problems with OCZ Vertex Plus Series (OCZSSD2-1VTXPL)
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Unreliable as a Permanent Drive
David L., Newegg
25 October 2012
Summary: Not reliable enough to be permanently installed in a computer. Works well as a small USB drive though.
Pros: Fast, when it was detected. 0.35A current requirement means it can be used as a USB drive without an external power supply.
Cons: Two weeks after I bought it, my system started running scandisk every time it booted to Windows. Updating the firmware fixed that, but then a short time later, whenever I would start the computer it had about a 50/50 chance of even being detected by the computer. Turning a can of dusting air upside down and freezing the drive seemed to make it work again.
Summary: I purchased this wanting a good SSD to run my OS and primary games. This was not the correct choice. Boot times savings were negligible over my regular 7200 RPM driver. I also didn't even notice any change in load times for games (BF3 and LOL) I ended up selling it to a coworker for his car-puter and never looked back.
Cons: No warning about Windows incompatibility, needing the firmware update to get it working. I read install guide, put the Vertex in my HP xs8200, ran the recovery DVD from HP. It took much longer than running same recovery DVD on my HP xs6200 on an Intel SSD. After recovery ran and XP booted received corruption error when trying to login. After Windows discovered all hardware and rebooted was presented with non system disk or disk error, everything was gone. Ran another ...
Summary: I bought the drive on a shell shocker back in August but didn't get around to installing it until Thanksgiving weekend. Until yesterday morning it was working really well. I just attempted to contact OCZ support via email and I got (not lying) an Out of Office reply from their Customer Service Department.
Pros: While it was working, it was fast. Boot times with Win7 were near instantaneous.
Cons: I got home yesterday and none of my executables would launch. Upon restart, Windows had to perform massive file restoration. Executables are still broken.
Pros: Marginally faster as compared to traditional mechanical drives
Cons: Very frequent data corruption requiring running check disk utility to resolve and in other cases re-installation of windows. I am unable to trust this drive for my production PC and am very leery of using any further drives from this brand due to online reviews. My first foray into SSD's.
Summary: I would by a different drive if I could do it over again. The price it great but not worth all the time and effort I have put into this drive
Pros: This drive was fast when it was working.
Cons: It took 4 tries to get it installed on my Netbook. I eventually got it all working and then decided that it was better off in my desktop. This was a bad mistake. Since moving it to my desktop I have all kinds of corrupted files and chkdsk keeps finding a ton of orphaned files and bad sectors. It has corrupted my C: drive twice now.