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Fri, 12 Oct 2012

Failed SSD

Yesterday I went to a meeting and brought my laptop with me. I made notes to a text file, and after the meeting closed the lid (my laptop is configured to suspend then) and went away. After returning to my office I have opened my laptop and seen only error messages from the sda drive.

The drive was totally dead, and did not work even in another computer. After plugging it in the SATA controller only printed something like "resetting SATA channel", so it did notice something has been plugged in, but nothing more. I had to teach my UNIX course in two hours, so I had to quickly find a replacement, install a new system, and configure it for presentation. Fortunately, I had a "spare" 2.5" drive prepared as a replacement of the root FS of my workstation. So I deleted the already configured system for my workstation, and used that.

Have you anybody seen a similar problem? The drive was "iops-optimized" OCZ Vertex II, about a year old. Fortunately, I use LUKS, so I can send it back to the vendor without worrying about my data.

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2 replies for this story:

Lukas wrote:

We have SSD drives (250GB KINGSTON) in our workstations. For last year and half, we encouraged 5 total drive failures in our 7 member team. I think that this technology is still immature.

Jakub wrote:

If you still run Fedora, make sure that TRIM is enabled w/ LUKS:

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