Reviews and Problems with OCZ Vertex 2 Series (OCZSSD1-2VTX/OCZSSD2-2VTX/OCZSSD2-2VTXE/OCZSSD2-2VTX/OCZSSD2-2VTXEX/OCZSSD3-2VTX)
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Fast... but a failure at just over 3 years
Ross B., Newegg
4 August 2014
Pros: Drives are fast. I ran 2 of them in RAID-0... and, thankfully, also had said RAID-0 backed up on a separate volume.
Cons: One of the disks failed with no warning after 3 years and 3 weeks. I'll check on a warranty replacement, since it's just barely over 3 years, but I'm not holding my breath, since it was a 3-year warranty.
Summary: My Vertex2 lasted 2 years and 4 months. It died a couple of months ago during a Windows Update installation. It went into the infamous 'panic lock' mode and no longer showed up in the BIOS. I guess I was pretty lucky in that mine lasted over 2 years. I was happy with my drive while it worked.
Summary: UPS to USPS shipping is very very slow - only choose Egg Saver shipping if you've got lots of time - UPS ground is 2 days from NJ to VA every time. Make a boot thumb drive for upgrading the firmware on the drive - make sure you've got network adapter drivers on your USB flash drive build.
Pros: Fast SSD for SATA II and a very nice upgrade for older systems.
Cons: 3 out of 10 (30%) failure rate of the Vertex 2 series drives in just over a year. Newegg's saver shipping has taken 10 days so far to get from NJ to VA. T/n says it's out for delivery, but it was not in the mailbox today. OCZ's email based RMA service is slow as well - ask a question, wait a day ...
Summary: I was running Windows 7 64 Pro with all the recommended SSD settings I found online. I never filled it up past half way at any point and allowed windows to run idle to erase any deleted portions of the drive. I hope I can still get a replacement through OCZ.
Summary: Used the SSD daily for more than a year with general usage - was used as a drive for general applications and for the OS. Computer would no longer boot one day and couldn't find the windows install, BIOS no longer recognized the drive in the SATA port.
Pros: Fast, worked great, no real problems until failure and was a significant improvement over the standard platter drives I had been using.
Summary: I purchased 10 of these drives and they were screamers, installed windows in 15min super quick boot time and then after a few days the one of my systems died a couple weeks later another one died.