state of SSD market

after experiencing massive hardware problems with MacBook Pro, i immediately fell into series of mysterious SSD failures. i’m baffled with the state of the (pro) electronics market.

first, there was OCZ Vertex 2. my MacBook Pro couldn’t properly work in SATA3 mode despite the fact that Intel controller could. so i moved then to OCZ 2 working on slower SATA bus. it died after week, silently and ultimately. well, RMA submitted, disk will travel to Netherlands and then they’ll send me back working one. i immediately started search for some other, stable solutions. my next best option - Intel 320 announced firmware problems and tried to convince PC owners that it wasn’t happening ‘too often’.

so i’m back to Seagate XT, which is faster than purely mechanical one thanks to additional SSD cache. unfortunately, it also has it’s own problems and they’re not limited to MacBook Pros. and while disk with SD24 firmware works correctly in my PC workstation (running Win7 x64), other one with SD23, SD25 and SD26 sometimes spins up and heats up in my MacBook Pro. and no, installing Lion won’t help :)

OCZ, OWC, Crucial and Intel forums are full of people complaining about SSD problems. unfortunately, this young market with a lot of new solutions (like active sleep, power optimizations and memory saving tricks - TRIM and Garbage Collection) is still in it’s very early stage. or, maybe we’re at this moment where equipment works correctly only for 5-6 months and then needs to be replaced? that would be shame.

let’s get back to good old 5400/7200rpm disk drives. good, mechanical and power-hungry that is :)