|Hard Drive||120 GB|
OCZ Technology 120 GB Vertex Plus Optimized Edition SATA II 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive OCZSSD2-1VTXPL120G
- NAND Flash Components: Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory, Interface: SATA II 3Gbp/s, Form Factor: 2.5" slim design form factor
- Life Expectancy: 1.5 million hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF), ECC Recovery: BCH 32/1K
- Max Read: up to 250MB/s, Max Write: up to 160 MB/s, 4KB Random Write: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 5,000 IOPS,4KB
- Random Read: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 12,000 IOPS
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After reading several reviews on this product, I had to double-check the drive I used was the same. I had none of the issues others wrote about. The drive was plugged into the GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2P AM3 motherboard together with a WD 1TB HDD and both were recognized by the BIOS. Installation of 64bit Windows 7 and MS Office went smoothly. I re-targeted the user folders to the HDD to minimize the load on the SDD.
I feel bad for the others who had problems with this drive. Based on my experience, I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
What we saved by going with these over something like the Intel drives we've easily lost in hours restoring/re-installing software on the machines with failed drives. They're pretty good about replacing them, but it's ridiculous to have to RMA nearly all of them at one point or another. It's to the point I'd rather throw them away than risk installing them in another machine when replacements arrive.
(2) Vertex 60GB
(2) Vertex 2 60GB
(1) Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 120GB
(2) Vertex Plus 120GB
My two most recent purchases being 2 of their Vertex Plus 120GB SSDs and they work great. A very good budget SSD with good speeds, good reliability and good customer service. Since I've purchases 7 SSDs only 1 of them died and I was able to ADVANCE RMA it with OCZ and have a new drive within 4 days. Their RMA process and Customer Service was easy to deal with and prompt.
Performance wise, this drive does the job, especially when I got it for $99 after MIR.
So, I thought I was screwed. Then I went onto OCZ's website and saw that there was a firmware update for it. My firmware was 3.50, and the update was to 3.55. I figured it couldn't hurt, so I pulled out an old PC (which you'll need in order to do the firmware update) and updated the firmware.
When I reinstalled the updated SSD in the Macbook, it was easily partitioned, I was able to complete the installation of Snow Leopard, and it has been going strong for a few days now. I did a hard drive speed test and I'm getting read and write speeds of about 126 MB/s, compared to a spinning hard drive which gets about 75 MB/s (at best).
The moral of the story is to just update the firmware. Many people are noticing a complete resolution of their issues when they update the firmware for this drive.
However, once the OS was installed, trying to use it as the boot drive would only work for about 5 minutes before the partition would get corrupted and need to be re-partitioned. Turns out the factory Firmware (3.5) was incompatible with the Intel chipset in many Mac products.
The OCZ site does provide an .iso containing the 3.55 Firmware upgrade. Unfortunately, the firmware boot disc will freeze the machine when the Vertex Plus is connected. (The firmware disc worked fine with a HDD installed, and the OSX 10.6 disc worked fine with the SSD installed, but the specific combo of SSD + Firmware disc would fail).
Ultimately, I ended up needing to connect the drive to my Windows PC in order to upgrade the firmware, requiring a change to the BIOS to recognize it. After doing that and re-installing it into the Macbook, I haven't had any problems with the drive and it works beautifully.
If you're looking for a simple "Plug and Play" solution with your Macbook, I'd definitely recommend looking elsewhere. If you're pretty technically savvy, like challenges, and have an extra PC with SATA connections, you can get a little more SSD space for a little less $$.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's a lot of bad reviews regarding this OCZ drive, so I felt like I needed to add my two cents in defense of this product - only because I've been using it since 2012 without... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Duenor
Believe the other reviews... I tried to use this to bring some life into an old laptop. I recently built a new desktop - with SSD for the first time - and it was screaming fast. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Frederick J. Haab
Works well. Windows 7 x64 boot time of 25-ish seconds to usable desktop. The speed means that the computer is usable even before the background processes have finished... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Aurean
Received drive, installed drive in array. Within 6 months it failed. I could not find my receipt for purchase, they REFUSED to RMA the faulty drive. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Dennis C. Christian
OCZ not only makes a quality product, they include a sticker for you too to tell everyone about it. "My SSD is faster than your HDD. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Chris in California
It working great and very fast for the speed I love it and want to buy more very good when you using Photoshop it help boot the speed that's great!!!!Published on August 23, 2013 by Tshais2014
Used this SSD to store my Windows OS and the important software - Photoshop, AutoCAD, Steam. The rest of the programs and all my files were stored on a normal hard drive. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by R Mays