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5 out of 5 eggs Drive was worth my dollars 11/16/2011

This review is from: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


This drive is lightning quick, providing amazing performance for anything from heavy gaming, to video/photo editing. I have it running under W2K8R2 stable, 2 VMs and the host OS boots completely in under a minute.


My first installation had loads of problems with blue screens, at first it did it every couple of weeks, then after about 6 weeks it was doing it multiple times daily. The system wouldn't recognize the drive with auto-restart, which for a server is obviously very bad (if it still booted I would never have complained because like I said, boot time is outrageous). I was mostly disappointed by the support, when I contacted it seemed like they wanted me to jump through hoops, and I cannot imagine any consumer without a moderate degree of technical knowledge performing the required firmware updates.

Other Thoughts:

I reluctantly followed their firmware update guides using the USB Linux distro, and with 2.13 on my drive and a reinstalled OS I have been running 100% stable for two months now. Unfortunately you can't change the BIOS from ACHI to RAID without Windows throwing a tantrum, so there was no alternative. Also, after the update I could not use the system image backup I had made the day I installed the OS, which was a huge aggrivation & set-back for me. The new installation forces EFI BIOS which in fact improved my boot times even more, so which annoyed that I had to spend many hours reconfiguring my server, I was pleased with yet even more speeds and now the stability. It was worth my money, I am looking at buying a 240GB in the future, and swapping my 120GB to a MacBook Pro.

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