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Takes too much work out of the box - savings aren't worth the hassle
on September 12, 2011
This drive is garbage. I truly hate it. I know those are strong words, but I've lost hours of my life trying to troubleshoot this accursed piece of technology. I've contacted OCZ a handful of times, and if I'm lucky to even get a reply, it's never helpful. Do not buy this drive. Having said that, here's my original review:
To get this drive to the point of proper operation was a huge headache. I purchased this device because of its price. For the size and speed of this disk, it is the best priced unit on the market. When I purchased the drive, I knew that there was a firmware/freezing/BSOD issue. Because I'm above average when it comes to technology, I figured I would be able to overcome these hurdles with relative ease. I was wrong. It took a ton of learning, reading, and frustration to get this unit functioning -- and even now, it is not 100%. The 20 or 30 dollars you may save with this device is not worth it, in my opinion. In an effort to save all of you some hassle though, here's what worked for me:
Two things to do. Update the firmware to 2.11 and change your SATA Controller driver. You may want to change the driver first, or else the OCZ firmware technology may not work properly.
1. Your Windows Driver. In Windows 7, go in to Device Manager>IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers>SATA Controller.
Right click it and pull up properties, then "driver" tab. Are you running the Microsoft driver (msahci)? If so, try the Intel SATA AHCPI driver instead. Google "Intel AHCI 10.8.0.1003" [edited to reference newest driver] and download the driver. Install it for your SATA controller by going back in to device manager, opening the driver for the sata controller, and updating the driver by pointing windows to the folder with the intel driver. This was the big thing for me.
2. Firmware. My drive came with the newest firmware, so I didn't need to update the firmware. But, according to other accounts, not having the newest firmware also causes issues. Go to OCZ's site and there are fairly-straightforward instructions to upgrade the firmware on your drive. At the time of writing this, [2.22] is the newest version, it is also what mine is running, and seems to be going just fine. If yours is not [2.22], make the upgrade.
To check what firmware and what SATA Controller driver you are using. Download the "AS SSD" program. I believe it is available on download.com. It will show you the firmware and SATA Controller driver you are using. Make sure you're using Iastor (intel's driver) and [2.22] (newest firmware).
3. (This one is new). Do not disable your Pagefile (as OCZ recommends directly on its blog), unless you are POSITIVE you have ample RAM. Despite having 8 gigs of RAM, I think part of my problems might have to do with disabling the Pagefile (As OCZ told me to do). I've reenabled the Pagefile, and we'll see if this helps some of the problems in my comments. UPDATE: No effect. Computer would still hang at random.
Please read the comments for more up-to-date information on my experience. I've tried to edit this review as software and firmware has changed, but I'm not promising perfection. This is my most up-to-date advice: don't buy this drive, plain and simple. In earlier revisions, I thought maybe someone technically inclined might still find this a deal, but it's not worth the hassle, even if you're technically inclined, and even if you want to roll the dice. If you're buying an SSD, then you can probably hold off for a couple more weeks to scrape together another 20-30 dollars to get a drive that will make you happy. DO NOT BUY THIS DRIVE!