Joined on 04/09/05
Fantastic Drive on 3.0!
Pros: Disk arrived in simple but effective packaging and included a comically simple ""quick start"" guide (plugging in the USB cable, shown from 3 different angles). You don't need to worry about a separate power source or plug, and it is just the right mix of lightweight, portability, and durability. High capacity for a disk of this type.
Cons: I was disappointed when I found that it came with a very short (1 foot) USB 3.0 A to Micro-B cable. Many people with older motherboards and cases (no front USB 3.0 ports) will need to purchase a longer cable to conveniently attach the drive to the rear of the computer. Like all spinning disks, they're fragile and have slow random access times.
Overall Review: USB 2.0 (ATTO) 27.6 MB/s Write 34.9 MB/s Read USB 3.0 (ATTO) 110.5 MB/s Write 112.1 MB/s Read Rotation Rate: 5400 RPM Buffer: 8 MB Access Time: 9.72 ms Benchmark Software ATTO, HD Tune, CrystalDisk, Roadkil DS USB 2.0 Performance dropped with smaller than 64k writes, but amazingly on USB 3.0 performance didn't drop until under 16k writes. Also note that speeds are for linear access (like music and movies), random access is much slower around 3 MB/s. Also, Windows 7 will disable write caching by default (so you can remove this device anytime, without clicking the safely remove hardware button). The above benchmark is with windows default (safe) caching policy. You can get performance with policy tweaks, at the risk of losing data from a sudden disconnect or power outage.
Good Value, Medium to Excellent Performance
Pros: SATA III (6.0 Gbps) Trim (You must use Windows 7 only with this drive!) Update: You can also use latest version of Ubuntu. Inexpensive (comparatively)
Cons: Setup and Tweaks: A lot of tricks and tweaks were required to get this working. Not recommended for someone without technical knowledge! See "other thoughts" for recommended tweaks. Performance : This device will not perform at the same level as the Vertex 3 (but it currently costs 100 dollars less)! 1) Set your bios to AHCI before installation (most modern mobos will automatically do this). Do not use IDE or Legacy mode! 2) Do not use any OS other than Windows 7. Anytime you delete data outside of Windows 7, the Trim command does not work, and your drive will flip garbage data around for who knows how long! During Windows 7 installation, do a "quick" NTFS format, not a "full" format! Never full format your SSD! 3) Once Windows is installed, open Device Manager and find your SSD. You will most likely see "inte" "marvel" or "nvidia" as the driver. Right click and choose update driver software. Choose "Browse my computer..." and "Let me pick from a list..." Continued B
Overall Review: Click on the standard Microsoft AHCI driver 1.0. 4) After you install other drivers like video drivers, check your windows experience index score. This drive can score a 7.9 if everything is set up properly and you're using SATA III (6.0 Gbps). This also automatically tweaks windows 7 for your SSD (disabled defrag and such). 5) Now from Control Panel go to Hardware -> Power Options. Click "High Performace". If you don't want to use this power plan, visit the OCZ forums to learn how to prevent Windows from "sleeping" your SSD. 6) Finally, you need to adjust your page file. In System Properties, choose the "Advanced" tab. Under "Performance" choose the "Settings..." button. Click the "Advanced" tab again, and under "Virtual Memory" click the "Change..." command button. Uncheck Automatically manage size and select Custom Size. Set the Initial size to 2048 and max size to 2048 and click "Set" command button. Click OK, and restart.
Better than expected
Pros: Saved my eyes from death and CVS!
Cons: Yellow tint :(. Trust me: It's worth it.
Overall Review: I used to have trouble seeing at night and I would have blurred vision all the time. I went to the eye doctor and she told me my eyes are fine, but I had CVS and eye fatigue from playing computer games all day.