Mac Pro 2008 + OCZ Vertex 3 as boot disk

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by NOV, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. NOV macrumors 6502

    NOV

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    Hi there,

    since a few months I replaced my regular HDD with an SSD (OCZ Vertex 3). Over the last weeks I have seen a sharp increase in hanging programs, documents etc. When I run disk utility for the SSD I saw lots of irregular read/write permissions as well as wrong file counts with the verify disk.

    I ran 2 tests with ToolTech 6 and it didn't have bad blocks with the surface scan. The Smart check saw a mixed result with some tests failed (171 till 182 and 233 till 242).

    Anyone knows if this is 'typical' behavior for a SSD and that it is maybe better to switch back to a conventional spinning disk?

    thanks.
     
  2. BenClement1978 macrumors member

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  3. bengi macrumors member

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    the OCZ have some idiosynchrasy with Macs, I replaced an OCZ with a Crucial and I do not experience any crashes or freezes
     
  4. thehimay macrumors member

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    It certainly is not 'typical' of SSD devices. I used a 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 with my Mac Pro 3,1 for a year without issue (had to upgrade due to space constraints). Similarly, I have had a 240GB Vertex 2 in my 2010 MBP without issue.

    From the forums, there seems to be a problematic nature with some of the OCZ SSD devices, I've just never personally seen them.

    Have you tried running any of OCZ's diagnostic tools on it yet?
     
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Yeah but not filesystem errors.
     
  6. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

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    I use two OCZ-Vertex 3 in my server and there very reliable. One is almost 5000 Power On Hours and no issues at all. 20 TB written, 100 TB read ;)

    Make sure you've got the latest firmware 2.22.
     
  7. NOV thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your replies so far. The 240 Gb disk contains around 220Gb of data, so ca 90%.
     
  8. BenClement1978 macrumors member

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    i get kernel panics when my ssd on my macbook air is round 90%

    try freeing some space up.. there is no reason to have your boot disk so full.
    did you more your music and pictures back onto the drive?

    Here is what i do on my Mac Pro
    Internal
    240 GB SSD for Boot and Apps
    1 TB for Music
    1 TB for Video projects Final Cut
    640 BG for Dumping temp files
    1 TB Scratch Drive
    External
    2 TB Backup & Crashplan
    2 TB Backup Raw Video
    2 TB Backup Finished Video Exports
    2 TB Time Machine
     

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