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#1 batman4444

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 05:01 PM

So, I am not sure if I am having really bad luck or if something is wrong with my motherboard drivers/bios or what.

I purchased a OCZ Vertex 2 Sata II 60 GB SSD and installed it several months ago and my computer was constantly crashing/hanging and I narrowed it down to a problem with the SSD. I sent back the SSD to OCZ and they sent me another one which appeared to solve the hanging/crashing problems. However, after only a few months usage my computer crashed one day and upon restart would no longer boot. I tried reformatting the SSD and installing the OS (windows 7) on it again, however no matter what I tried I could not get it to complete the install (it would hang). I successfully installed the OS on my other hard drive (not a SSD). So I sent in the OCZ SSD in again and just recived the replacement in the mail.

Once again I am having problems. They sent me a replacement drive that is an upgrade (OCZ 60 GB Sata3 agility 3) however my system will not boot if the drive is plugged in. On the BIOS startup screen it does not show that the drive is being detected. If the new SSD is plugged in and I just try to boot from my existing (old non SSD) or the windows 7 Install CD the whole system is extremely slow (I mean really slow to the point I can not tell if it is hanging or just being slow). If I unplug the drive my system appears to boot and function normally.

From what I have read it appears the sata3 drive should be backwards compatible with my MoBo, is this correct?

I am wondering if anybody has any suggestions on how I might get the drive to work on my system. Due to this being my 3rd drive from OCZ I am wondering if it might be a problem with my system and possibly not the drive? How can I go about troubleshooting this?


My System Specs are as follows:

Motherboard: M68MT-S2P rev 3.1 Bios updated to FC
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 4GB DDR3 PC10666 1333Mhz X2
Windows 7 64bit

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 05:30 PM

Is the BIOS set to ACHI mode?

Have you upgrade the firmware on the OCZ SSD

Yes you are correct SATA 3.0 is backward compatible with Sata 2.0

Have you done tweaking to Optimize Windows. This tool doess the tweaking you will need http://www.elpamsoft.com/?p=SSD-Tweaker to run SSD.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 05:41 PM

Hi, I am afraid you may have another bad drive.

Read through the user reviews for your drive

scattered throughout you will see things like these from page 2

7/14/2012 9:47:38 AM
Cons: Second dead OCZ SSD in 6 months. Cant return to newegg, OCZ RMA process is horrible. spend 20% more and buy a quality drive. I also had a Vertex III that broke a few weeks ago. These things are junk.

7/13/2012 9:32:07 PMPros: When it worked it is fast
Cons: Where do I start...freezing constantly. Bought two exact ssd and one is defective. Freezing is as often as everyday now. Very disappointed.

7/13/2012 6:24:49 AM
ReBoot Phobia: goes undetected at bis in a random manner, (when system put to sleep or hibernation or at a regular reboot) double checked all sata cables connectors and switched some of them without luck, couple extra reboots usually gets the drive to show up again at bios then you have to reset HDD boot priority...
Don't think it's a motherboard issue.

7/13/2012 6:23:22 AM
Cons: First drive failed after only a few hours, but was replaced by OCZ, and is working great now.

Others seem to be OK. My feeling is that they are picky as to the Motherboard.

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#4 batman4444

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 05:58 PM

Is the BIOS set to ACHI mode?

Have you upgrade the firmware on the OCZ SSD

Yes you are correct SATA 3.0 is backward compatible with Sata 2.0

Have you done tweaking to Optimize Windows. This tool doess the tweaking you will need http://www.elpamsoft.com/?p=SSD-Tweaker to run SSD.



I looked through my bios and could not find any setting that had anything to do with "ACHI" wondering if/how to enable this?

I have not updated the firmware on the drive, but I don't think I can as I can not get the computer to boot while the drive is connected.

Not exactly sure what I would do with the SSD tweaking to Optimize Windows software as I can not get it to be recognized by the system

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:03 PM

The third point is if you can get into windows Sorry about that

I downloaded your Manuel what I found was in Chapter 4 Appx.

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But I dont know if you wanted to make a raid since you only have one hard drive so I hope this helps

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

Agree with Roger...this drive seems to have plenty of bad press.

http://www.gadgetpolice.com/reviews/ocz-vertex-2-ssd-huge-issues-causing-boot-failure-leading-to-an-rma-disk-replacement.php

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:32 PM

Just from my experiences in the last year.

Avoid OCZ.

Really avoid OCZ drives with a Sandforce controller.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 04:06 AM

I have concluded that SSD is bad and will try and get it replaced. Thanks for your help

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:37 AM

Good Luck. Hopefully drive #4 will be the one.
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