OWC SSD's Die Fast?

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  1. CountlovE macrumors regular

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    A friend of mine bought a 240 gig SSD from OWC. After 2 Months the drive died. I am also hearing that most SSD drives will only run for 6 months before they die. Has anyone experienced this as well?
     
  2. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    there is a two year warranty on it.

    SSDs should last years so I'm not sure why it died so fast
     
  3. reel2reel macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure the OWC 120 I just bought has a 3-year warranty. I think the rule-of-thumb is: any electronics can die at any time.
     
  4. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    The OWC warranties are either 3 or 5 years-not 2 years. I do not know where you heard about 6 months and die. Never heard that before your post. If that where the case all the SSD manufacturers (and that is most) with 3 year warranties will be replacing them 6 times during the first units warranty period.

    Fact is things break. I have had plenty of platter drives go in my lifetime so far-maybe 12 to15 up until now-that's one a year on average.
     
  5. CountlovE thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I guess time will tell. My friend thought the same thing until it happened to him.
     
  6. Honumaui macrumors 6502a

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    look at how many OCZ fail ?


    yeah bummer for sure the one thing would love to hear how OWC handles the return so if you can keep us posted how they handle the return would be thankful ;)



    they dont call it the comfy cozy snuggles edge :) bleeding fits ;)
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I've seen several OCZ Vertex 2's dying quite soon and some being DOA so it could be an issue with SF-1200 controller. However, both, OCZ and OWC have great customer service so just give them a call and your issue will be solved
     
  8. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    Good point about the controllers. Many months back on the high priced OWC's they had a SF-1500 controller issue and dropped back to the 1200's. I confirmed that about 7-10 days ago with OWC. They are still using the 1200's until the 1500 issue is worked out-what ever that means?
     
  9. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    I was daisy chaining some OWC mercury elite pro alu enclosures and one of the FW800 ports on one was dead. Called customer service and even on that small item they 2day aired one to me on a cross-over shipment.

    No questions asked- just replaced it and the replacement works fine.:D
     
  10. iSavant macrumors regular

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    OWC Recommended

    OWC gets all my memory business and most of my drive business based on the fantastic customer service I have received on the few items that had problems.
    :)
     
  11. Honumaui macrumors 6502a

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    I have used them a ton and only had one issue with memory when the mac 1,1 came out had to return a stick that the glue holding the heatsink on melted :)

    will be curious how the SSD come out in the long run ? like in two years when and if mine die :)
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have an SSD from 3 years ago; still working great... I've also owned SSDs that die in a day after using.
     
  13. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    I've had SSDs and HDDs fail even when relatively new. There is no perfect device. Without a regular backup plan, you are taking a risk with any storage device.
     
  14. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    I had a Vertex that died on me TWICE. Had to RMA twice. Then I sold it and went Intel. Both my Intel SSDs are still going strong after over 1.5 years.
     
  15. andreiru macrumors 6502

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    It looks like my OWC SSD just went belly up. It doesn't mount at all and isn't visible anywhere. Under eight months young. We should have a survey of people posting their brand and time of death in a chart somewhere. That would be useful reading before buying one.
     
  16. highdefw macrumors 6502

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    Had my 120GB OWC since late January. So far so good...
     
  17. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

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    After reading the posts in this thread, I started to worry about the stock SSD in my 2010 Air. How are the Apple stock SSDs compared to those from OWC, OCZ, etc?
     
  18. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Apple uses Toshiba and Samsung in MacBook Airs and apparently those two brands seem to be the most reliable at the moment. Nothing to worry about.
     
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    Mine is still chugging and while not a year old. I expect it to last, there was a reason why I opted for OWC. Great reputation and solid products.
     
  21. Macshroomer macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I buy my Mac's stripped down, bone stock with exception to processor version and then max them out with drives and ram from OWC. I have had ram go bad, sent my SSD in for a firmware upgrade. In return I get brand new sets of ram and they even gave me a brand new SSD instead of the old one with firmware, they are truly above and beyond in product support and customer service, I don't bother with anyone else...

    That said, I do regular backups of my boot drives via Time Machine and off site storage, my intel 160GB has been faultless in my MacBook Pro as well...
     
  22. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    At the risk of repeating a common piece of forum wisdom, I'd point out that web forum posters tend to be the most tech-savvy, unsatisfied, unlucky subgroup of users...because the 90% of users who are fine report nothing.

    What you may see here as a higher incidence of failure may be nothing more than selection bias.

    After all, Intel recently had an issue with their new batch of SSDs. When it comes to storage, I'd just treat SSDs like HDDs - expect failures, back up, view the warranty as nothing more than a free replacement in case of early failure.
     
  23. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    This.

    It doesn't matter the brand, how long you've had it, etc. Any electronic can go at any time. Its completely common believe it or not.

    At work the other day we got 20 new laptop hard drives in, 4 got sent back because they were DOA. Its normal with electronics.
     
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  25. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That concentrates on NAND wear out, it doesn't take e.g. controller failures into account. We'll be launching an SSD reliability survey over at AnandTech soon though, so we may finally get some real data on the reliability.
     

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