OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" SSD 240 GB

vertex3_sideI purchased an OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" 240 GB SSD a few months ago for my Windows 7 64-bit machine as a boot-up drive. Unfortunately, after installing the drive, I would experience blue screens (BSODs) every few days. It turns out that a significant number of people have had similar issues which appear to be centred around the firmware for the SSD SF-2281 controller (produced by SandForce). So, I removed the drive and went back to my previous configuration of HDDs which worked fine.

But I kept an eye out in the OCZ forums and at other technology websites (e.g. AnandTech) to see if OCZ and SandForce had managed to root-cause the issue(s) and develop a fix; eventually, there was an announcement on 17 October 2011 that new firmware had been developed (version 2.15). So I immediately upgraded the SSD’s firmware to version 2.15 and put the drive to use. I’ve since not had any problems with that drive, and after several weeks I can safely say that the OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" SSD is working fine on my system and I am enjoying the extra zip that this SSD gives. Of course, your mileage may vary and some people are still reporting some problems.

Further information can be found at A quick look at OCZ’s 2.15 SSD firmware BSODs begone?

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

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Kulvinder Matharu

"A traveller with a camera!" I was born in Tanzania but have lived here in the United Kingdom since the age of two. I've always liked science and engineering so, after graduating, I took up a career in telecommunications and datacoms, with an emphasis in systems engineering and assurance. I have various interests in programming, photography, and pedalling furiously on my mountain bike! I also enjoy travelling off the beaten path, seeing the natural world, and meeting different peoples in their varied cultures.