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Windows 7: Beware of the OCZ Vertex Plus 1VTXPL120G

26 Feb 2012   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Beware of the OCZ Vertex Plus 1VTXPL120G

A friend of mine had purchased that 120GB OCZ Vertrex Plus for a good price from TigerDirect. He asked me to transfer his Windows 7.

In total I made six (6) attempts without success - total of 20 hours of work. Two attempts were with the Paragon Migration Tool which ended up with a SSD full of nothing.

Then I did it the traditional way - define an aligned partition with Diskpart, format and dump an image. Macrium already gave up in the middle of two image restoration attempts. Two other attempts were successful and I was able to boot into Win7 from the SSD. I could even do a little work. But when I rebooted, I got "No operating system found". Upon inspection in an enclosure on one of my systems I saw that the whole SSD was in RAW format.

Then I read the user feedback on the Newegg site (9 pages full) and found that I was not the only one to have this sort of trouble with this SSD. On Monday it will go back to Tigerdirect. Next time my friend will read the reviews first.


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26 Feb 2012   #2
chris1neji

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

I know this doesn't happen to all but in my own opinion SSD are still too unreliable. I have heard these kinds of story far too often. Good luck though. If I felt plan to buy an SSD ill make sure to avoid this model
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26 Feb 2012   #3
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Have to disagree with broad statement SSDs are unreliable. In fact, there is no evidence this is true. However, knowing Whs's expertise in this area, I have no doubt that particular SSD was a problem. A Guy
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26 Feb 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have to agree with Bill. SSDs are generally very solid. I pioneered SSDs about 4 years ago when I got my first OCZ from Newegg - and that was a bummer too which they quickly exchanged. Since then I never had any problems with OCZ, Intel or Crucial which is my latest (#6) SSD.

But this particular OCZ model seems to have a lot of problems if I go by the 9 pages of user comments on the Newegg site. I guess one has to read the reviews before buying. Unfortunately my friend did not do that.
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26 Feb 2012   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
But this particular OCZ model seems to have a lot of problems if I go by the 9 pages of user comments on the Newegg site. I guess one has to read the reviews before buying. Unfortunately my friend did not do that.
Maybe more significant is that the drive has 89 reviews, and 39 (44%) are 1 star.

My three drives, most recent first:

Corsair Force GT 120GB, 14/241 (6%).

OCZ Vertex 3 has 540 reviews, 108 (20%).


Crucial CT128M225 3/47 (6%).

No problems here with any of them. Sheer luck?
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26 Feb 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Corsair and Crucial seem to be rock solid. With OCZs, you have to really look closely. Most are good but some are bad. My 3 OCZ Vertex (2 and 3) all work well.
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