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Topic # 146915 2-Jun-2014 17:31
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Spent most of Sunday mucking around with my media server. Would boot up (windows 7) but then about 3 -5 mins after boot it would freeze for about 1 min then a split second BSOD thesystem would try and re boot.
Figured out it was the SSD so went out and bought another one (Larger as costs have come down).
Had to piss around on a clean install as it said windows has been activated more times than allowed. A call at the end of the automated activation process to a real person and they gave me a new set of activation numbers and now all is good in my media server world again.

So off track a bit SSD lasted for 4 years on a constant 24/7 media server. It was a Phoenix pro 60gb from G.Skill

How long has your SSD lasted for or have you had them fail.




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  Reply # 1058115 2-Jun-2014 17:41
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Never had an SSD or hybrid fail before even on heavily swapped applications or servers, you don't say if your media center does live TV, in which case I'd guess it is doing lots of I/O as the TV signal spools. When I do have a high I/O requirement, like swap space or spooling I usually make sure that function has it's own drive or logical partition away from the operating system. You can achieve this on your media center if it's already setup by buying a high speed USB thumb drive (or second drive if you have the space) and setup your live TV spool/Readyboost or swap to that device.

Having said all that, as good practice, I usually get rid of drives that are out of warranty or delegate them to less ardorous/important/availability requirements.



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  Reply # 1058119 2-Jun-2014 17:50
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Not used for live tv but does pull in all my tv episodes for watching when I have time. SSD was made in 2010 so i am guessing the earlier stages of affordable drives of this type (that's why I got it lol)




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  Reply # 1058120 2-Jun-2014 17:51
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Samsung 240GB ssd 2 years going hard still.
The other SSD is a 24 840 PRO and thats 8 months old.

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  Reply # 1058131 2-Jun-2014 18:28
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Have you done a SMART test on it?




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  Reply # 1058141 2-Jun-2014 18:42
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Dynamic: Have you done a SMART test on it?


Yup was the first thing I did and it came back as ok. A surface scan though (via MiniTool Partition Wizard) gets to 13% and then starts throwing up errors and freezes.
I tried a low level format of it and it also gets to 13% and freezes.

Putting it in a external enclosure and you can access it but start trying to open some of the folders on it and it freezes the system.

Was not worth pissing around with as a new SSD is reasonably cheap , New one is in (ADATA) and has not missed a beat so far.




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  Reply # 1058236 2-Jun-2014 21:00
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Presso:
Dynamic: Have you done a SMART test on it?


Yup was the first thing I did and it came back as ok. A surface scan though (via MiniTool Partition Wizard) gets to 13% and then starts throwing up errors and freezes.


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  Reply # 1058245 2-Jun-2014 21:17
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@Gundar cracked me up.
Back on topic, we bought ADATA ssd's for a batch of custom PC's built for our dev team, all on three year warranty, all except 2 out of somewhere around 22 PC's replaced. Personally I think if you get the ones that offer the "extra" space like the adata's (128GB adata vs 120GB most anything else), that causes them to fail quicker as there are less cells to map to if some fail. Not sure how correct that is though, so someone correct me if I am wrong.




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  Reply # 1058250 2-Jun-2014 21:26
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I had a clients almost brand new Intel SSD spit the dummy the other day, laptop would just not detect it at all.
Removed it and stuck in our test machine and it was detected fine and passed all tests.
Put it back in the clients laptop and it worked again!??

Updated laptop BIOS, the SSD was already on the latest firmware, and ran more tests and couldn't fault it again.

I had something similar happen to my own Adata SSD in that it would suddenly lose the partition and would need to be formatted and start again.
It would go for months then the same thing would happen again, after the 3rd time I sent it back for a replacement and it hasn't happened again, yet.

I guess my point is, just like the spinning HDDs, SSDs can and will fail at any time no matter how old or how much they are used.





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  Reply # 1058309 3-Jun-2014 06:11
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I have had 2 SSD's fail in the lat couple of  months. Both OCZ, about 2-3 years old. I managed to clone one of them before it died.

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  Reply # 1058336 3-Jun-2014 07:54
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I had an OWC (US brand) 60GB Sandforce based one fail after about 20 months, it was replaced under warranty. It's sitting in my drawer here as I have no use for it, I upgraded to a larger 840 pro, and I already have two SSDs in my PC.




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  Reply # 1058360 3-Jun-2014 09:11
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We found an unacceptable failure rate with 'lesser' brands and so stick with what we consider to be trusted brands - Intel and Kingston.  (We have been caught once with an Intel firmware bug but this is an exception IMHO.)




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  Reply # 1058406 3-Jun-2014 10:27
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I've had my ocz vertex 2 for around 4 years and it is still running strongly -- used extensively for OS drive for 3 years and last year installed into my file server and still used a lot. 


But, I expect it to fail at any time really. Can't complain, has done me well. 


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  Reply # 1059858 5-Jun-2014 14:59
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I've only had one SSD failure and it was with an A-DATA unit. Bad controller by the looks of things as the drive would not detect at all on any system, and would prohibit the mobo from detecting any other drive connected to the mobo.

The replacement unit I was sent has been working flawlessly for nearly a year now.

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  Reply # 1059872 5-Jun-2014 15:21
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I had an Intel 510 120GB fail recently after about 33 months. Primarily an OS drive with some specific applications and games installed for speed reasons.
Replaced with a Samsung Evo 840 120GB drive. Thought about upgrading to a larger drive but I don't really need that in this computer.
Interesting though is I just went back and compared the price I paid for the Intel vs what I paid for the Samsung. In three years we've dropped from over $4 per GB to barely over $1 per GB.

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  Reply # 1059889 5-Jun-2014 16:11
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surfisup1000: I've had my ocz vertex 2 for around 4 years and it is still running strongly -- used extensively for OS drive for 3 years and last year installed into my file server and still used a lot. 


But, I expect it to fail at any time really. Can't complain, has done me well. 




Yup, I still have a vertex running well (not sure if it's a 2 or original - it was my first SSD though, so quite old) - moved it to my Wife's machine a a while back, so doesn't get used quite as much as it used to, but still going strong

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