OCZ Vertex Plus 240GB SATA II SSD Factory Refurbished £59.09 at Scan (Pre Order
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OCZ Vertex Plus 240GB SATA II SSD Factory Refurbished £59.09 at Scan (Pre Order

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Found 8th Oct 2013
Somebody posted this with ebay earlier, but its expired. However this is still available on scan's website, with free delivery if you are an avforum user.

Very decent price for a 240GB SSD.

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*facepalms* Do you think a title of "Scan £59.09" is going to tell people much? You don't even say it's for an SSD. Edit it for goodness sakes.
Sorry Im a new user, corrected now.
I nabbed the one on ebay but hot deal was going to buy a 120gb for this price so i am glad i saw this.
£60 for 250GB? I know its refurbished but seems a lil fishy to me..
a55assin

£60 for 250GB? I know its refurbished but seems a lil fishy to me..



Which is what it will smell like when it stops working and you throw it in the bin.

REFURB OCZ = PREVIOUSLY BROKEN
12 months warrenty get another one .
I ordered one off their eBay site it's already been dispatched and should be here tomorrow. heat added
might buy one for the laptop, fancy the refurb gaming keyboard too from corsair.

thanks for the heads up
CharleZ: Much better, thank you.

This hasn't expired, but isn't available as Scan have likely ran out of stock.
Very tempted, detest paying for delivery though. I'm registered on AVF I think....
pre ordered one. Thanks OP!!
OCZ have never been known as the best quality SSD's, when I last researched them there seemed to be a lot more noise on forums about people complaining about them. I went for one anyway because it was cheaper and it failed within a month, I had bought from Amazon so got it sent back and bought a Corsair.

Moral of the story is that OCZ have a poor reliability reputation that I have experienced myself. Maybe the refurb process corrects whatever manufacturing fault or firmware fault caused all these warranty failures .... or maybe they stuck it in a machine that did simple tests, cleared data and then resold ..... Personally I wouldnt risk my data on it.
Will give it a go and see
My personal opinion on refurbished data storage is that it really depends how much you value your data. Is there a detailed description how these have been refurbished?

Anyway, regardless of that no drive is ever 100% reliable. Data backup is unbelievably important and sadly most of us only realise this when our drive fail.

Back up as often as you can people.


Oh an I once put an OCZ drive up my bum and voided the warranty so be careful.
IWantMoreMoney

OCZ have never been known as the best quality SSD's, when I last … OCZ have never been known as the best quality SSD's, when I last researched them there seemed to be a lot more noise on forums about people complaining about them. I went for one anyway because it was cheaper and it failed within a month, I had bought from Amazon so got it sent back and bought a Corsair.Moral of the story is that OCZ have a poor reliability reputation that I have experienced myself. Maybe the refurb process corrects whatever manufacturing fault or firmware fault caused all these warranty failures .... or maybe they stuck it in a machine that did simple tests, cleared data and then resold ..... Personally I wouldnt risk my data on it.



The way I see it with devices like these. Most were probably returned due to Firmware issues.
Faulty stock lays around until a firmware fix is developed and tested. Old drived are reflashed and tested and branded refurbs.

It is a case of hit or miss but you do get lucky at times.
My C300 was carp until a new firmware came out that stop hangups in Win7. Since then I bought another one but a refurb with the latest firmware installled.
Well, while it's not the best SSD in the world, the price is good enough for me to grab one as a storage SSD for games that have otherwise longer loading times, like BF4 for instance.

I use a Samsung 830 256GB as my OS drive and wouldn't trust this with that duty but for the price it's a good secondary SSD.
OCZ, Refurb, Preorder. Cold
I bought a refurbished OCZ agility 3 60gb off ebay for about £30. I had issues with it so I sent it back via OCZ RMA returns and was sent out a refurbished Vertex 3 as a replacement, so I was quite pleased.

The refurbished Vertex 3 then failed after about 2 weeks use, so I sent that back too, and this time they sent me a brand new Vertex 3 as a replacement.

So in the end I paid for a refurb Agility 3 but ended up with a brand new Vertex 3, so I was very pleased with the end result, but I'm not sure I'd like to go through all the hassle again and would probably just buy a new drive to begin with next time.
IWantMoreMoney

OCZ have never been known as the best quality SSD's, when I last … OCZ have never been known as the best quality SSD's, when I last researched them there seemed to be a lot more noise on forums about people complaining about them. I went for one anyway because it was cheaper and it failed within a month, I had bought from Amazon so got it sent back and bought a Corsair.Moral of the story is that OCZ have a poor reliability reputation that I have experienced myself. Maybe the refurb process corrects whatever manufacturing fault or firmware fault caused all these warranty failures .... or maybe they stuck it in a machine that did simple tests, cleared data and then resold ..... Personally I wouldnt risk my data on it.



For what it's worth, I use dozens of OCZ drives at work, and have never had a failure (I also use one at home, been running over 2 years now). Granted, there has been a lot of chatter about their unreliability, but I believe they are much better now. I'd definitely take a punt for this price.

Separately, when an SSD "fails", you're still able to read from the SSD, just not write, so your data should still be recoverable (one of the nice things of an SSD drive)
Refurbed OCZ SSD = Death wish
I'd be more concerned by Scan's shoddy return service, I personally received a partial refund 4 months later after being called liar and being told the faulty item was not their problem and refuse to use them ever again as their customer service sucks...
Hpi_matrix

Refurbed OCZ SSD = Death wish


No, Charles Bronson = Death wish
Perhaps this is not the correct thread to ask, but as there are some PC gurus here (and apolgies to the OP for hijacking this), but does anyone here know how to split a Steam folder (as in, separate some of the games off onto a different SSD)? Thanks.
bandwidthbob

For what it's worth, I use dozens of OCZ drives at work, and have never … For what it's worth, I use dozens of OCZ drives at work, and have never had a failure (I also use one at home, been running over 2 years now). Granted, there has been a lot of chatter about their unreliability, but I believe they are much better now. I'd definitely take a punt for this price.Separately, when an SSD "fails", you're still able to read from the SSD, just not write, so your data should still be recoverable (one of the nice things of an SSD drive)



These are old drives, the newer ones are better, but this isn't one of them.

You're thinking of nand max writes being reached. When these drives fail they no longer show up in the bios, you can't get your data back.
Oneday77

No, Charles Bronson = Death wish



Yeah. Refurbed OCZ SSDs = Death Wish 5... ie much worse
@ bandwidthbob - I don't believe you can split the games into different folders, however you can have Steam installed on your boot drive and point the games to a folder on another drive... support.steampowered.com/kb_…426

Heat added for the deal posted, however I don't like Scan (order issues) and the surcharge to post to Northern Ireland (I did buy my last SSD from Scan via their eBay store before they removed the free postage deal)
nublets2k

These are old drives, the newer ones are better, but this isn't one of … These are old drives, the newer ones are better, but this isn't one of them.You're thinking of nand max writes being reached. When these drives fail they no longer show up in the bios, you can't get your data back.



I was under the impression you could, but not investigated (so I'll believe you). That said, the SSD would typically be used as an OS drive, and shouldn't have anything other than an OS on it, and all personal data should be on separate drives, and backed up
aLV426

@ bandwidthbob - I don't believe you can split the games into different … @ bandwidthbob - I don't believe you can split the games into different folders, however you can have Steam installed on your boot drive and point the games to a folder on another drive... https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7710-TDLC-0426Heat added for the deal posted, however I don't like Scan (order issues) and the surcharge to post to Northern Ireland (I did buy my last SSD from Scan via their eBay store before they removed the free postage deal)



Thanks. I have Steam installed on a separate drive, but the folder is ~500GB, but I only play a handful of games a lot of the time, so would have been nice to have some pointed to an SSD, and the remaining ones on the HDD. Thought I'd ask, thanks for the feedback.
Would not go near OCZ ever lol
You should be able to move whatever folder anywhere else, then use mklink /d foldername newlocation to crate a symlink to it.
Edited by: "Mat-d-Rat" 8th Oct 2013
I added this to get the free delivery (after going through AVForums). Hopefully that will help someone.
bandwidthbob

I was under the impression you could, but not investigated (so I'll … I was under the impression you could, but not investigated (so I'll believe you). That said, the SSD would typically be used as an OS drive, and shouldn't have anything other than an OS on it, and all personal data should be on separate drives, and backed up



Yeah, I do that on my laptop. Windows + Programs on the ssd and then everything else put on the hard drive and symlinked. I also move temp directories and the page file etc to the hdd as well.
@ bandwidthbob - I originally had my gaming rig booting from a 120GB SSD and Steam wanted to fill the drive - so I pointed everything to the HDD. I have since cloned the SSD (put it into my laptop as I use it more now), and to be honest about it, apart from the really dire load up times there really is no difference in gameplay. I do play StarCraft 2 a lot (not Steam) and whilst I can live with the cold boot up times I really notice the actual game load up speed - I haven't timed it, but when loading up from the SSD I was ready to find a game once I entered my password, now there must be a good minute from entering my password until I am greated with the select a game screen! The reason why I don't gripe about it, is the fact that you still have to wait for others to load the game and no SSD I use is going to remove that wait...
Edited by: "aLV426" 8th Oct 2013
Bought one for my satellite box so if it dies it don't matter on data, the Crucial M4 in the laptop can remain.
bandwidthbob

when an SSD "fails", you're still able to read from the SSD, just not … when an SSD "fails", you're still able to read from the SSD, just not write, so your data should still be recoverable (one of the nice things of an SSD drive)


Not if the controller fails.
nublets2k

I also move temp directories and the page file etc to the hdd as well.


Sigh!
aceuk

Sigh!



It helps reduce overall nand wear. I have 16gb ram so paging rarely happens. Same with temp files, usually only get used once, and if they're important they'll be kept in ram. I use a second ssd as a scratch disk too though.
nublets2k

It helps reduce overall nand wear.


You don't need to worry about NAND wear though. It really is a non-issue.
I stuck in an order for two. They'll arrive tomorrow so I guess I got in before the stock ran out.

Funnily enough I do use SSDs for sequential read/writes - specifically uncompressed HD video (anything up to 120MB/s) so these will do fine for me even if modern SSDs are so much better.

Also means I can test the drives pretty quickly, as these will fill up in about 30 minutes

If they work, great, but I'll be sticking with my Samsung 830 and 840 for operating system duties.
bandwidthbob

Perhaps this is not the correct thread to ask, but as there are some PC … Perhaps this is not the correct thread to ask, but as there are some PC gurus here (and apolgies to the OP for hijacking this), but does anyone here know how to split a Steam folder (as in, separate some of the games off onto a different SSD)? Thanks.



I use a nifty little app called Steam Mover. It does exactly what your asking
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