Bringing this thread a bit back on track...
I've got a 64GB Intel X25-E in my workstation, installed around... May or June 2009, iirc (stupid ambiguous American date format on the invoice! - probably have the precise date scribbled down somewhere). Not a single hiccup, and (still) great performance after a fair amount of abuse. That is
the ridiculously expensive SLC-flash enterprise-level SSD, though.
14. Mar. 2011 I got a 120GB OCZ Vertex2 for my laptop. Seemed like a nice drive, pretty fast etc. Less than a month and a half later, with very
light use, the drive went AWOL. I had done a (clean) shutdown of Win7 the night before, and upon powering up the machine the drive simply wasn't recognized by the machine - nor any of my desktops. Tried leaving it unconnected for 24 hours as per forum recommendations, still no go. Status LEDs on the drive were green.
happened to the drive, but apparently it's sorta normal for (some?) sandforce based drives to go into a panic state when resuming from standby (weird that mine bugged out from a shutdown+start and not standby). That's veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery encouraging. Fscking retarded firmware, or a hardware bug? Dunno. And apparently some of the current-gen Intel drives have had problems too, wonderful.
The current situation really sucks. SSDs were supposed to fail 'gracefully' - memory cells that have reached their lifetime and can no longer be written to (well, erased), but are still readable... or at the very least, only a few blocks of memory with corruption compared to the sometimes spectacular HDD failures.
In reality, we get drives that fail without any warning, with moderate use, within a few months? Eek.
That said, I still like SSDs. Call me a motörhead if you will, but the speed is simply too delicious. Just gotta have backups, as always.