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OCZ Vertex 4 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Difficult to get working on a Mac 06/17/2012

This review is from: OCZ Vertex 4 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX4-25SAT3-256G

Pros: Noticeably faster than than my Intel SSD () -- even on a SATA 2 bus. Seems very reliable thus far. No complaints after getting it working.

Cons: Does not work at all out of the box on a Mac, meaning it is not recognized entirely as a hard drive by Disk Utility. It does however work if you have some way of formatting it -- which for me involved using and Areca RAID card.

Other Thoughts: I bought one 256GB drive for my MacBook and 2x 128GB drives for my Mac Pro. Straight out of the box these did not work and were not seen by Disk Utility. I couldn't remove my old HD from my MacBook and install this in it's place, and a Mac OS install disk is no help. Perhaps a flaw in OCZ's current firmware. I don't know which firmware it came with nor was I able to update it simply because no machine could read this drive... I also tried connecting it to an XP laptop using this in an internal enclosure - which did not work either. OCZ's forums say do not connect this to a Mac as an external drive the first time you connect it to a Mac.

The good news is if you have access to an Areca RAID card (or another RAID card?) then you can format it. I connected these drives to my Mac Pro Acrca card and set it as a Pass-Through drive. It instantly showed up as a non initialized disk and Disk Utility could find it. I formatted it as a Mac GUID Partition and everything works normally ever since

SUPER TALENT MasterDrive OX 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs An unexpected error occurred (error code -50) 03/31/2009

This review is from: SUPER TALENT MasterDrive OX 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) FTM32GL25H

Pros: Fast. Cheap for an SSD. (slightly faster than the PQI MLC SSD's with a similar pricetag). Might work fine in a different setup than mine...

Cons: When connected to an Areca card on a Mac Pro, they work for an hour or two, then they cause an error -- "An unexpected error occurred (error code -50)" and absolutely won't read, write or unmount. I must restart the computer or delete and re-create the pass-through drive from the RAID control panel in order to access the drives again. Not something I plan to deal with multiple times daily...
Also, when the drives stop working any programs using the drives will likely crash. Just bad news all the way around.

Other Thoughts: I purchased two of these to use as a scratch disk in RAID0. I've got them hooked up to an Areca 1261 raid card on a Mac Pro. No matter how I connect these drives using the Areca card they always produce the same error. I've tried RAID0, setting them to two individual Pass-Through drives, and using Disk Utility to software RAID them. Always produces the same error code. I purchased 3 very similar PQI SSDs and have had absolutely no problems with them when connected to the Areca card. I think it might have something to do with the RAID controller "spinning up" the drives? I don't know. The PQI drives work fine so I'll just RMA these Supertalent drives while I still can.

areca ARC-1261ML-2G 16-port PCI-Express X8 w/2GB Cache on-board SATA II Controller Card RAID 0/1/1E/3/5/6 JBOD
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Pros: Extremely fast and reliable in real world applications.

Bootable in Mac Pro with OS X 10.5 from a RAID set (must flash MacPro_EFI bios on the Areca card)

2GB Cache is pretty amazing. I had 265 at first, I upgraded to 1GB and noticed a tremendous difference. Now I have 2GB and it's pretty snappy in After Effects. I can only say good things about the performance.

Cons: Occasionally if I unplug some drives and switch the ID, when I reconnect them a drive shows up as "failed". However the drive is fine - I rebuild the RAID 6 and move on. This only happens occasionally and only when I disconnect and reconnect drives.

Also, with a Mac Pro specifically I can boot from a RAID set, however I cannot seem to boot from a Pass Through drive (single drive on the card). Their Tech support says it should – I'll figure it out someday maybe. It will not boot Windows via Boot Camp, however this does not affect me.

A Mac Pro will only support 1 Areca card. Boo-hoo.

Other Thoughts: Areca is a bit expensive for the average joe, but a must for any serious pro apps user.

I can't wait til the SSD prices drop – I've got a few empty ports on this. I think pair of 200MB/s SLC SSDs in RAID 0 would make an exceptional scratch drive. But thats still sci-fi futuristic for my budget and work has been slow because of the stupid economy...


Eric B.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric B.

Date Joined: 04/24/03

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  • First Review: 08/23/06
  • Last Review: 06/17/12
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