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OCZ Vector Series VTR1-25SAT3-128G 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Unreliable product. Buy at your own risk. 02/25/2014

This review is from: OCZ Vector Series VTR1-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC

Pros: Incredibly fast while it worked.

Cons: Failed after four months.

Other Thoughts: Purchased this drive in August, 2013 from Newegg via a well-know auction site.

For the first four months I was thrilled with this drive. Bootup time was @30 seconds and shutdown was @7 seconds. Programs started almost instantly when clicked. My two-year-old i5 2410 laptop was now a hot rod, with blazing performance.

And then, in January, problems started. An out of nowhere system crash necessitated a system restore. A day or two later, the dreaded BSOD appeared and recovery was impossible. I reinstalled Windows 7 from a clean disc, added the drivers, and added the programs I was able to (Digiarty’s one-time-only free software was lost forever – grrrr). Almost immediately I started getting disk errors and Chkdsk running on startup. A couple of weeks later, BSOD again. I contacted OCZ and was given several things to do, including running an ATTO utility to check the disc. I bought a cable to connect the drive via USB to another laptop and ran the utility – the disc checked fine. So… another OS reinstall, another BSOD, and this time the drive was totally dead – it didn’t show on the BIOS or the second laptop when using the USB adapter cable.

Now, my PC is up and running with a 500gb 5400rpm HD. Bootup is @2 minutes and shutdown is @30 seconds. Programs start within one to five seconds of being clicked. My hotrod is now a four-cylinder minivan. However, it works. No chkdsk errors on startup. No BSOD. This, I can live with.

I asked OCZ for an RMA for my now-dead SSD and they responded by asking for a .jpg of my invoice. I took a screen print and sent it. If and (hopefully) when OCZ sends me a repaired or replacement SSD, I’ll probably put it up for sale on the well-known auction site. While I love its awesome performance, its lack of reliability, as seen by the many reviews of failed disks here, means I just can’t take the chance of another catastrophic system failure and the accompanying headaches that go with it.

Sorry, OCZ.

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Kingston DataTraveler 111 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model DT111/16GB
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works.
Large capacity.
Relatively cheap for USB 3

Cons: Slow.
V-e-e-e-e-r-r-r-r-y slow.

Other Thoughts: (this is a re-do of an earlier review that had some typos. also, upon further review, this gets 2 stars, not three. please delete my earlier review.)

As a USB 3.0 memory stick with 16GB capacity, this is very well priced. It works.
However, it's exceedingly slow, to the point that "USB 3" is meaningless - it's significantly slower than old USB 2 memory sticks.

I ran some tests, copying a 1GB file to various media using both the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports on my laptop.

Here are the results in minutes and seconds:
a) This device in USB 2.0 port: 3:30
b) This device in USB 3.0 port: 3:10

c) 2-3 year old USB stick in USB 2.0 port: 2:35
d) 2-3 year old USB stick in USB 3.0 port: 2:31

e) WD elements 1TB USB 3.0 in USB 2.0 port: 0:50
f) WD elements 1TB USB 3.0 in USB 3.0 port: 0:25

As you can see this device is significantly slower than even an old memory stick, and the WD HD blows it out of the water.
For storage, this item is adequate. For speed, it's abysmal.

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Kingston DataTraveler 111 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model DT111/16GB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Works, but very slow 03/01/2013

This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler 111 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model DT111/16GB

Pros: It works.
Large capacity.
Relatively cheap for USB 3

Cons: Slow.
Very slow.

Other Thoughts: As a USB 3.0 memory stick with 16GB capacity, this is very well priced. It works.
However, it's exceedingly slow, to the point that USB 3 is meaningless.

I ran some tests, copying a 1GB file to various media using both USB 3 and USB 2 ports. Here are the results:
a) This device with USB 2: 3:30
b) This device with USB 3: 3:10 (almost no difference)
c) 2-3 year old USB stick in USB 2 port: 2:35
d) 2-3 year old USB stick in USB 2 port: 2:31
e) WD elements 1TB USB 3.0 in USB 2 port: 0:50
f) WD elements 1TB USB 3.0 in USB 2 port: 0:25

As you can see this device is significantly slower than even an old memory stick, and the WD HD blows it out of the water.
For storage, this item is fine. For speed, it's abysmal.

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Display Name: David T.

Date Joined: 06/06/06

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  • First Review: 05/07/09
  • Last Review: 02/25/14
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