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2.0 out of 5 stars After RMA'ing this twice, I'm giving up., March 4, 2011
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I bought this hard drive and loved the speed boost I got on my Acer 1810TZ. And I didn't even have to sacrifice too much capacity. But then after using it for 3-4 months, one day it started a slow descent into dysfunctionality. Within a day, my laptop would regularly blue screen. I was able to get my data off the hard drive before it went completely kaput. A bad piece I thought and I got it RMA'ed by Crucial. A month or two later, once I had the time, I switched back to the SSD. And here I am a month later back to the same slow descent into dysfunctionality. I'm not sure why, but this Crucial drive is not reliable. I don't recommend it. Maybe it's because Crucial is a flash drive maker and not a hard drive maker so they don't know how to qualify / test their SSDs to hard drive usage pattern standards (this was suggested to me by one of my IT guys). But I would absolutely NOT buy one of these again. I love the speed boost, but I can't stand the unreliability.
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2011 3:41:50 PM PST
Rochefort says:
I thought this drive just came out in late February. Have you really been using it for 3-4 months?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2011 8:41:58 PM PST
Rakesh says:
I bought it on August 13, 2010 -- here on amazon -- so yes, definitely was using it for 3 to 4 months.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 4:54:36 PM PDT
Did you have it set up as AHCI in the BIOS? (Otherwise TRIM will not work and the SSD performance will degrade over time)

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 4:54:58 PM PDT
Did you have it set up as AHCI in the BIOS? (Otherwise TRIM will not work and the SSD performance will degrade over time)

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 6:36:41 PM PDT
Lee Campbell says:
According to an article on 9to5mac.com, this drive uses a SandForce Controller. If that is true, then TRIM support is not necessary to prevent performance degradation.

However, when I tried to look up the specs on this drive, the spec sheet mentions a Marvel controller. If the drive has Marvel, then you would need TRIM. There are tools that will recondition the drive and restore it's factory performance. See http://macperformanceguide.com/Storage-SSD-Reconditioning.html. Windows 7 is the only OS I know of that has general TRIM support for 3rd party SSD's. If you don't have Windows 7, then you're stuck having to recondition it every so often. Try to avoid logs of write churn.

I really like drives based on the Sandforce controller. These drives are immune to the performance degradation because of the design of the controller. They cost a bit more, but they're worth it. You can beat them up and never worry that they're going to slow down, regardless of whether your OS supports TRIM or not.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 12:00:48 PM PST
Tab Man says:
Mine is doing the exact same thing after 1 year. Blue screen and then it is no longer recognized. This is simply a bad product.
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