• OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
  • OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
  • OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
  • OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
  • OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
  • OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G
OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s  2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G

OCZTechnology90GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-90G

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  • NAND Flash Components: 2XnmMulti-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory, Interface: SATA III 6Gbp/s, Form Factor: 2.5-Inch slim design form factor
  • Life Expectancy: 2 million hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF), ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte
  • Max Read SATA 6Gbps: up to 525 MB/s, Max Write SATA 6Gbps: up to 500 MB/s, 4KB Random Write: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 50,000 IOPS,4KB Random Read: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 20,000 IOPS
  • Max Read SATA 3Gbps: 280 MB/s, Max Write SATA 3Gbps: 260 MB/s, Sequential Read AS-SSD: 180 MB/s, Sequential Write AS-SSD: 105 MB/s
  • 4k Random Read AS-SSD: 21,000, 4K Random Write AS-SSD: 25,500

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Great experience using these drives both for W7x64 and OSX (until one drive died after a month)I've updated my rating and review in light that one of the drives degraded and died within a month of light use.I bought a couple of these 240GB drives. The first one I bought from another seller, went into a mac mini to replace the slow mechanical drive that came with it.Updating the drive's firmware in my windows laptop proved very easy with the OCZ utility. It's worth noting that you can't update the firmware if this is the drive you're booting from, it must be a secondary drive.I installed the drive in the mini and went through the process of loading the os from scratch (the mini downloads Lion and sets itself up on reboot by pressing some key combination). Took maybe a couple of hours to download everything through my wireless connection.Performance-wise, I don't really have a baseline for comparison as I never booted from the original drive, but in my opinion OSX Lion loads up with jaw-dropping speed, I'd say about 5 seconds. The mini is super responsive, and I love how this drive is performing after 1 month of use.This second drive, which I got from amazon came with the latest firmware. It went to a new PC build with windows 7, and a partition to eventually add OSX as a dual boot option (hackintosh). Windows 7 x64 boots very fast as well, it loads slightly before the first windows logo is fully displayed on screen, maybe takes 10 seconds.One issue I had with windows is the computer would BSOD or hang up when going to sleep. After pulling many hairs and browsing through countless forums, I finally solved the issue by disabling hybrid sleep. Don't know if it's the drive's fault, or a combination of the drive and my motherboard. It was annoying and time consuming to figure out, but now the computer goes to sleep and wakes perfectly.I was very pleased with the drive performance, except after the computer was left off for a couple of weeks windows started slowing down severely. It quickly degraded and windows would grind down when I tried any write operation. Eventually I was unable to boot or rescue my installation. Before the disk died, I ran some diagnostic that said the drive had 18% life left. This was very suprising since I didn't use it for much more than installing windows. At this point the drive is not recognized by any os or rescue environment I've tried.3Forget about any warranty or customer serviceI purchased 9 of these drives over the summer (Agility 3 60GB) and installed them in home, work, and kids machines. I would have written a great review of the drive except I should prepare everyone that if something goes wrong with it you can disregard whatever warranty and simply throw it in the trash.I'm a developer and electronics engineer with drive experience going back to MFM and RLL drives. I wasted dozens of emails with an outsourced help desk trying to explain one of the drives was faulty (drive errors, very long timeouts, lost data, computer freezes). Their answer was to apply latest firmware and secure erase the drive and "it will be fine". Well, it wasn't and it took two weeks and six more emails to finally get an RMA. After shipping the drive back at my cost, they said they could find nothing wrong with it and were returning it back to me. I insisted they at least send me another refurb drive and not the same one. They said they would, but alas the same drive was returned to me (I marked it in a non obvious way suspecting issues after the email hassle).Let me be clear here, this isn't one of those hard to duplicate issues. This drive was obviously bad from the start, and exhibited the same behavior in three different computers (all running other OCZ drives flawlessly). They tested nothing.Update on 12/7/2012: I openned a new help ticket referencing the original ticket ID and inserted the above review for their reading pleasure. I was re-contacted and told if I shipped the faulty drive back, at their expense this time, they would send me a new 60gb Vertex drive (original purchase was an Agility III). It arrived as promised and out of fairness I wanted to update this review. I give them one more star for eventually doing the right thing, but how unfortunate consumers have to rely on powerful tools like Amazon's Reviews to get companies to honor the warranty's they advertise and price in to their products. 2 starts is generous for the incredible amount of time invested by me in this project for backups, restores, OS reinstalls, secure erases, and then to do it all again on the same faulty drive that was originally sent back to me.2AwesomeI was a little hesitant to make this purchase initially because so many reviews seemed to have problems with this SSD. I went ahead and pulled the trigger anyway, since the cost per GB was pretty good. My intention was to put this in a lower end 2nd generation Core i3 Ubuntu laptop that I have been using for web development. Man am I happy with the purchase!Initially, I had a 500GB 2.5" (7200) sata drive and it worked well. I just noticed a tiny bit of lag upon boot up - enough that it got me curious as to the improvement an SSD would make to the laptop. Well, the Ubuntu install took about 7 minutes. 7 minutes!!! Granted, I skipped the update everything during install option, but still - that's huge. My first boot into Ubuntu also flew. I tested a cold boot and it clocked in around 11 seconds. Clicking around in the OS is just night and day. I am a believer of SSDs. So much that I went ahead and bought another one for my Quad Core i7 laptop (HP DV7T) and dual booted Windows with Ubuntu. No issues with that guy either.Couldn't be any happier with the purchase. Would totally recommend the product.5Like Wow on Macbook Pro 15-inch i7Super easy to upgrade from my non-SSD standard Apple MAC issue hard drive. I don't love opening my system and making these types of changes, but I found several videos out there that walk you through step-by-step. Upgrading to this SSD, by far, is the biggest boost in performance that I know. I've been running Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6) on my system with the SSD drive since August 2011 WITHOUT Trim and have not seen any issues or degradation.I do plan to upgrade to Lion (OSX 10.7) and will report back.I also run VMware Fusion 4.0 and have a Windows 7 VM and Lion VM running (typically not at the same time). I use Windows 7 quite a bit for my business and see a significant improvement in performance on that side of the equation as well.If you have a recent Macbook, this is a no-brainer. One bounce and up pop your applications. If you feel somewhat comfortable in opening up your system, removing the existing hardrive and putting in a new one, go for it (used SuperDuper to clone my drive to USB drive before installing SSD). Check out the videos out there first and make sure you have the proper sized screw drivers to do the job correctly. Cheaper than purchasing an SSD with your MBP.Funny all the issues that people are having in these reviews are with running Windows native with the SSD.Updated: 2/2/2012:I've had this SSD drive running in my Early 2011 MBP now running Mountain Lion for about 1.5 years without TRIM and I've had almost no issues with the drive and would rate it a five again. At certain intervals I will need to boot my drive in recovery mode, go to disk utility and run repair to recover the space that a TRIM utility would provide. I debated whether to upgrade to a 256GB OCZ drive, but I still have room enough and also have a spare 500GB drive in the MBP in place of the optical / DVD drive. The Agility 3 is still running fast and error free so far and would make the purchase again if I had to do it all over again.5Difficult to get stable, but good performance and value afterwards I am using this SSD with Linux as my root partition. It took several attempts to get this device stable enough to run 24x7, which I need in my linux box.The firmware was the latest version, so I didn't have to upgrade that.The first version of Linux I installed, the drive caused several kernel panics and system lockups.The second version of Linux I installed was a bit better, but still having issues with the device. I tried different SATA ports, data cables, BIOS settings, etc. The drive would only use SATA 1 speeds, and thruput was not near what it should be.Combing thru the OCZ forums, I found a compatibility issue with this SSD and my motherboard chipset (NVidia). They have a live linux tool that will fix the speed issue, so I ran that. The drive now used SATA 2 speeds, but periodicially the drive would "reset" the SATA interface. Still not stable enough.After posting my issue on the forum, someone suggested I "tweak the voltage on my chipset". I've built computers for 15 years, and never had to do this in order to make a hd work. But my BIOS had a setting for OverVoltage on the Chipset by 0.5mv, so I set it. The SSD has been rock solid since.Whatever OS you use, make sure you follow SSD optimization guides (ie, no temp space on SSD, no Swapfiles on SSD, enable TRIM, etc).After three days of setting up and tweaking, this thing is blazing fast. Just make sure you are skilled enough and patient enough to go thru the potential headaches of all that tweaking. 4Solid SSDOrdered on Tuesday morning and replaced the system hard drive in a 2010 Mac Book Pro on Thursday of this week. (Via Prime) The startup speeds are nothing short of amazing. From power button to login and desktop in around 10 seconds. This used to take a minute thirty at the very minimum.The subject laptop has 8GB of ram and runs OSX 10.7.3. and is used primarily for IT work and heavy lifting. I decided to buy the drive as I work a lot in Paralells inside Windows 7 and AutoCad and got tired of the constant waiting for virtual machines and large files to load. Now, it's immediate. (Compared to previously experienced..)Easy replacement, took 10 minutes. Most of that time was spent searching the floor for one of the smallest cover screws known to Man. After that, booted from a USB image and re-installed OSX with all my applications.Being amazed at the difference I tried a couple of throughput tests with large files and it was averaging 492 Mb / sec as compared to a WD 1TB platter hard drive which ran at about 59 Mb / sec. Absolutely no comparison.Will give it a few weeks but I will most likely be replacing traditional HD's on all of our "power" desktops at work with similar SSD. The time savings should easily pay for itself quickly.Great product so far, we'll see how it goes.(Update 3/13/12)I am returning this drive for a refund as after a few days, any task with a significant I/O load (such as a simple time machine backup) causes the laptop to freeze. It was a slow burn and started great but deteriorated quickly. I do have another identical OCZ drive in a 2011 i5 Sata 6 Mac Mini that is working perfectly, but the one in the laptop is clearly defective. OCZ claims that it's Apple's problem and vice versa. Not wanting to get into that battle, I decided to opt out and try something different.Upon some review from a very educated friend I will go with a OWC 6b instead.Very disappointing as I see the rift on the manufacturer's website with a lot of very frustrated people with no where to turn.2Initial Review - Awesome!I've only had the device for a few days so this review wont comment on reliability. If something happens i'll update the review. I installed this lil drive on my Samsung R580 laptop with a Core i5 and 4gb of ram. I typically use the laptop for taking notes in class and using Microsoft Office on occasion. It was becoming unbearable to use, it would be very slow waking up when opening and very noticeable lag during bootup. So I bought the OCZ despite the reviews talking about installation and reliability issues. Removing the old HDD and replacing was so simple with the Samsung laptop that I was done in less than five minutes. Booted up the Linux boot disc provided through the OCZ forums and checked for firmware updates. (none were needed). Booted up Windows installation disc and it recognized the drive no problem. Installation went without a hitch, though I would note that the install wasn't any faster due to the bottleneck of the DVD drive's write speed. After install and updates and all the dust settled, I ended up with an incredible speed difference that was truly a breath of fresh air. The laptop feels easily 3x to 4x faster in response and fluidity, it will consistently wake up within seconds and boot up times are greatly diminished. Then I noticed a greater battery performance (20 to 30% improvement) and less heat generated by the device altogether. For those who have laptops that are a few years old and you've sidelined it in favor of tablets like the iPad, try to consider the idea of a low cost (relatively speaking) SSD like OCZ to see what you've been missing, you'll be shocked.Negatives: Cheap plastic packaging that does everything in its power to cut your hand, lack of documentation or firmware discs. Pretty much all cost cutting measures to allow for the cheaper price.Note: A fresh install of Windows takes up to 20gigs of space so it'll leave you with around 40GB on this device, I recommend if you do a lot of work that you use some form of cloud backup like carbonite or good syncing software like Google Drive or Dropbox to keep your work data backed up. Also people who are contemplating what to do with spacing issues especially if they have a large music collection should look at Google Music {...[ to upload their entire collection in the cloud and save you plenty of space, and also look at services like Microsoft's Skydrive to store other types of large data. Not only will it help you with space but it's also a really great convenience.5Macbook Pro 5,1 Works with some tweaks So I was looking to speed up my Macbook pro. I ended up getting this drive at a fairly good price. Now install was very easy a few screws and done...2 things I would mention out of the box this drive did not perform as expected frequent lockups freezes etc. The drive came with Firmware version 2.15. Most recent at this writing. Now. Things I needed to do to resolve this.To see if you are having my issue look at "about my mac -> more info -> serial-ata"Both speed should be 3gigabit.Vendor: NVidiaProduct: MCP79 AHCILink Speed: 3 GigabitNegotiated Link Speed: 1.5 GigabitDescription: AHCI Version 1.20 SupportedIf this is the case. Run a utility that boots a linux image and fix the speed that what not properly negotiated. Please note you must be on the most recent firmware as well. 2.15 at the time of this time.CD Image can be downloaded from OZC here.https://rapidshare.com/files/892490026/OCZ_MAC.zipOnce you are booted off the image you burned to CD. Click the icon called "MAC 1.5/3G" This will setup the drive to have the proper settings.Currently everything is working great for me here drive is fast and my OSX is now stable.I hope this helps someone else as well. 4Good DriveWorked without a hitch on Windows 7 Home Premium.Installed and worked on Windows 7 Home Premium without having to install any drivers/software - Plug and Play. Just wanna leave a review to say that despite reading all the negatives and worrying about this drive having those firmware problems, and Windows freezing described by so many posts, it seems that the new batches don't have those problems (at least not for me). I'm in the IT field so I follow hardware components closely, and have been waiting for a chance to jump on Solid State Drives for a few years now. Finally, it seems like it is coming in decent sizes at reasonable prices (~ $0.66/gig).Installation (cloning existing drive to new hard drive):Preinstall: Make sure your total current disk usage (C drive, etc) is less than the capacity of the SSD (for example: 240GB). Otherwise this won't work. You should also leave some room, so if your total disk usage is > 230GB , then you'll probably need to free up space before cloning, or get a larger SSD.I am cloning my existing Windows installation from my laptop (5400rpm SATA drive) to this new SSD, so my installation may reflect differently from others. Basically my installation was hassle free following these steps, but I assume if you do an installation from scratch all you would have to do is plug in this drive and install from Windows 7 CD and it will work:The steps I followed for cloning my existing drive (Windows 7 only):1. Plug in new SSD to an external hard drive enclosure (~$10 - 20) (for laptops only) and plug it into your computer's USB outlet. For desktops you just need to plug it in - no need for external enclosure.2. Have another external drive with at least a few hundred GB of storage available to store your backup image3. Turn on your computer and download "Acronis True Image" software (free full featured 30-day trial - buy if you like it) to clone your existing disk to your new SSD.- You'll want Acronis, because it allows you to make an image copy of your system while you're running Windows.4. Install and start Acronis - True Image to create a disk backup (select entire disk if you're not tech savvy - or just the OS partition if you know what you're doing) - Launch True Image -> Click on "Disk and partition backup" -> Click on "Switch to disk mode" on top right corner -> Click on the checkbox containing your C drive and leave others unchecked - Select the "Destination" to be your spare backup external drive with a few hundred GB of storage -> Check the "Estimated backup size" below "Source" and make sure you have enough space on your external drive to store the backup file (the size may seem small, but that's because it's compressed and only backing up data, not including free space - it is still a true copy) - Click on "Backup scheme" -> Select "Single version scheme" - Click Backup now - After backup, check that your image file is on your backup external drive5. Restore the backup to your SSD - Your ssd should be installed in an external enclosure and connected to your computer - Open Acronis True Image (2013) -> Tools and Utilities -> Under "Disk management" select "Add new disk" - Select the disk marked as (OCZ-AGILITY3) -> Next -> Create partition with MBR (Master boot record) -> Finish - Go back to Acronis True Image main screen -> Backup and recover tab -> Recover -> Select the backup you've just taken -> Click "Recover" - Source -> Click on "Switch to disk mode" -> Mark the check box (this is your source - it should be coming from your external backup drive) - The arrow pointing from the Source (Under the arrow) is your "Destination" -> Select "OCZ-AGILITY3" -> Recover now6. Turn off computer7. Replace your existing drive with the OCZ-AGILITY SSD.8. Turn on system. Voila - you now are running the exact same thing as you were before on your new drive without having to reinstall anything.Cheers.5OCZ Agility 3 240 GB *Refurbished*I'd like to drop a few lines about the refurbished Agility3 I got.It is fast and works just like a brand new one.In May/2012 I got a 180GB brand new unit, which has been working flawless!Once I got it, I made a firmware update to version 2.22, and in the beginning of 2013 I made an update to version 2.25.I never had a hick up with that unit. No BSOD nor recognition issue in BIOS, just a reliable fast drive.My wife has an aging 2010 laptop (Athlon II, 4GB RAM, AMD IGP). It was becoming slow even for her use - surf the web, light text editing, making presentation. The windows boot and shutdown time were long, and running softwares for the first time was time consuming.I thought why not upgrade the HDD to SSD? Since I had such a great experience with this model, and I have always had good experience with refurbished items, I decided to try.The refurbished unit came with the latest 2.25 firmware. Checked the SMART data and it had something like 3 Power On counts, and all other health indicators were close to zero, meaning the unit was probably sent back to OCZ right after it was opened, someone that had a problem with it right on the first setup and though it was DOA.The data partition was copied from the HDD to the SSD, and I had no issues, Windows7 booted on the first attempt. Then I followed some hints on the web to enable TRIM and AHCI driver on the laptop ( makes the HDD or SSD faster ).Even tough that laptop has an AMD SATA2 port - Sata2 is slower and AMD ports are slower than Intel ones, the performance is awesome. It was a great improvement over the HDD, and surely gave a longer life to that laptop.Average Price - 240GB model - May/2013U$ 240 - Brand newU$ 165 - RefurbishedCheers!5Great OCZ SSD!I am using it too boot a Mini Barebones PC and it boots Windows 7 Enterprise x64 in seconds. Other read and write operations are very fast. Information about the PC is below.I purchased a Jetway Mini-Top Barebones PC, Model# JBC700C9JG-H61-BW, Part# HBJC700C9JG-H61-BW, direct from Jetway as no one I could find sells this model. I will say it's an awesome little PC with MCE IR, a slim optical drive bay, an nVidia GT520M GPU with 1GB dedicated VRAM, an Intel chipset where you add a 2nd GEN Core i CPU (Sandy Bridge), support for 8GB RAM, an eSATA/eSATAp port and USB3as the more unusual features compared to other small PCs especially for the price. The only downside I see is the lack of USB ports. 2 USB2 on the back unless you count the USB in the eSATA port and 2 USB3 in the front. I added the USB2 hub below to add more USB ports and mounted it to the side of the PC with Scotch Reclosable Fasteners, see below. I'll let you look up more about this PC as it has nothing more to do with this review.MiniPC: [...]5Don't Overthink ItRead the lousy reviews, bought it anyway. Hardest part was getting it out of the packaging, if you have a blowtorch around it might help or perhaps a table saw. Anyway, once out of the package I stuck it in an I3 Toshiba, put a win7 disk in the DVD drive and away we went. Flawless operation from the gitgo, loaded Win7, turned it off, turned it back on, booted up in about nine seconds. If you are an IT expert and start fooling around with the settings, esoteric drivers and all that crap you will likely take hours if not days to get this thing working properly. If you are like me, too dumb about this stuff to even know what they are talking about, you can just stick it in the drive caddy, turn your machine back on and be up and running in no time, saying gee whiz as you watch it run umpteen times faster than whatever drive you took out of your machine.Then go buy a sata optical drive bay to hard drive caddy (got mine on ebay for ten bucks), undo the one screw that holds your dvd drive in place, mount the hard drive you just pulled out of your computer in the caddy and stick it in there. You now have access to everything you stored on that drive. Likely you seldom use the dvd drive anyway, whenever you need it you can quickly switch it back.5
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Description
  • NAND Flash Components: 2XnmMulti-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory, Interface: SATA III 6Gbp/s, Form Factor: 2.5-Inch slim design form factor
  • Life Expectancy: 2 million hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF), ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte
  • Max Read SATA 6Gbps: up to 525 MB/s, Max Write SATA 6Gbps: up to 500 MB/s, 4KB Random Write: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 50,000 IOPS,4KB Random Read: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 20,000 IOPS
  • Max Read SATA 3Gbps: 280 MB/s, Max Write SATA 3Gbps: 260 MB/s, Sequential Read AS-SSD: 180 MB/s, Sequential Write AS-SSD: 105 MB/s
  • 4k Random Read AS-SSD: 21,000, 4K Random Write AS-SSD: 25,500
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Great experience using these drives both for W7x64 and OSX (until one drive died after a month)I've updated my rating and review in light that one of the drives degraded and died within a month of light use.I bought a couple of these 240GB drives. The first one I bought from another seller, went into a mac mini to replace the slow mechanical drive that came with it.Updating the drive's firmware in my windows laptop proved very easy with the OCZ utility. It's worth noting that you can't update the firmware if this is the drive you're booting from, it must be a secondary drive.I installed the drive in the mini and went through the process of loading the os from scratch (the mini downloads Lion and sets itself up on reboot by pressing some key combination). Took maybe a couple of hours to download everything through my wireless connection.Performance-wise, I don't really have a baseline for comparison as I never booted from the original drive, but in my opinion OSX Lion loads up with jaw-dropping speed, I'd say about 5 seconds. The mini is super responsive, and I love how this drive is performing after 1 month of use.This second drive, which I got from amazon came with the latest firmware. It went to a new PC build with windows 7, and a partition to eventually add OSX as a dual boot option (hackintosh). Windows 7 x64 boots very fast as well, it loads slightly before the first windows logo is fully displayed on screen, maybe takes 10 seconds.One issue I had with windows is the computer would BSOD or hang up when going to sleep. After pulling many hairs and browsing through countless forums, I finally solved the issue by disabling hybrid sleep. Don't know if it's the drive's fault, or a combination of the drive and my motherboard. It was annoying and time consuming to figure out, but now the computer goes to sleep and wakes perfectly.I was very pleased with the drive performance, except after the computer was left off for a couple of weeks windows started slowing down severely. It quickly degraded and windows would grind down when I tried any write operation. Eventually I was unable to boot or rescue my installation. Before the disk died, I ran some diagnostic that said the drive had 18% life left. This was very suprising since I didn't use it for much more than installing windows. At this point the drive is not recognized by any os or rescue environment I've tried.3Forget about any warranty or customer serviceI purchased 9 of these drives over the summer (Agility 3 60GB) and installed them in home, work, and kids machines. I would have written a great review of the drive except I should prepare everyone that if something goes wrong with it you can disregard whatever warranty and simply throw it in the trash.I'm a developer and electronics engineer with drive experience going back to MFM and RLL drives. I wasted dozens of emails with an outsourced help desk trying to explain one of the drives was faulty (drive errors, very long timeouts, lost data, computer freezes). Their answer was to apply latest firmware and secure erase the drive and "it will be fine". Well, it wasn't and it took two weeks and six more emails to finally get an RMA. After shipping the drive back at my cost, they said they could find nothing wrong with it and were returning it back to me. I insisted they at least send me another refurb drive and not the same one. They said they would, but alas the same drive was returned to me (I marked it in a non obvious way suspecting issues after the email hassle).Let me be clear here, this isn't one of those hard to duplicate issues. This drive was obviously bad from the start, and exhibited the same behavior in three different computers (all running other OCZ drives flawlessly). They tested nothing.Update on 12/7/2012: I openned a new help ticket referencing the original ticket ID and inserted the above review for their reading pleasure. I was re-contacted and told if I shipped the faulty drive back, at their expense this time, they would send me a new 60gb Vertex drive (original purchase was an Agility III). It arrived as promised and out of fairness I wanted to update this review. I give them one more star for eventually doing the right thing, but how unfortunate consumers have to rely on powerful tools like Amazon's Reviews to get companies to honor the warranty's they advertise and price in to their products. 2 starts is generous for the incredible amount of time invested by me in this project for backups, restores, OS reinstalls, secure erases, and then to do it all again on the same faulty drive that was originally sent back to me.2AwesomeI was a little hesitant to make this purchase initially because so many reviews seemed to have problems with this SSD. I went ahead and pulled the trigger anyway, since the cost per GB was pretty good. My intention was to put this in a lower end 2nd generation Core i3 Ubuntu laptop that I have been using for web development. Man am I happy with the purchase!Initially, I had a 500GB 2.5" (7200) sata drive and it worked well. I just noticed a tiny bit of lag upon boot up - enough that it got me curious as to the improvement an SSD would make to the laptop. Well, the Ubuntu install took about 7 minutes. 7 minutes!!! Granted, I skipped the update everything during install option, but still - that's huge. My first boot into Ubuntu also flew. I tested a cold boot and it clocked in around 11 seconds. Clicking around in the OS is just night and day. I am a believer of SSDs. So much that I went ahead and bought another one for my Quad Core i7 laptop (HP DV7T) and dual booted Windows with Ubuntu. No issues with that guy either.Couldn't be any happier with the purchase. Would totally recommend the product.5Like Wow on Macbook Pro 15-inch i7Super easy to upgrade from my non-SSD standard Apple MAC issue hard drive. I don't love opening my system and making these types of changes, but I found several videos out there that walk you through step-by-step. Upgrading to this SSD, by far, is the biggest boost in performance that I know. I've been running Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6) on my system with the SSD drive since August 2011 WITHOUT Trim and have not seen any issues or degradation.I do plan to upgrade to Lion (OSX 10.7) and will report back.I also run VMware Fusion 4.0 and have a Windows 7 VM and Lion VM running (typically not at the same time). I use Windows 7 quite a bit for my business and see a significant improvement in performance on that side of the equation as well.If you have a recent Macbook, this is a no-brainer. One bounce and up pop your applications. If you feel somewhat comfortable in opening up your system, removing the existing hardrive and putting in a new one, go for it (used SuperDuper to clone my drive to USB drive before installing SSD). Check out the videos out there first and make sure you have the proper sized screw drivers to do the job correctly. Cheaper than purchasing an SSD with your MBP.Funny all the issues that people are having in these reviews are with running Windows native with the SSD.Updated: 2/2/2012:I've had this SSD drive running in my Early 2011 MBP now running Mountain Lion for about 1.5 years without TRIM and I've had almost no issues with the drive and would rate it a five again. At certain intervals I will need to boot my drive in recovery mode, go to disk utility and run repair to recover the space that a TRIM utility would provide. I debated whether to upgrade to a 256GB OCZ drive, but I still have room enough and also have a spare 500GB drive in the MBP in place of the optical / DVD drive. The Agility 3 is still running fast and error free so far and would make the purchase again if I had to do it all over again.5Difficult to get stable, but good performance and value afterwards I am using this SSD with Linux as my root partition. It took several attempts to get this device stable enough to run 24x7, which I need in my linux box.The firmware was the latest version, so I didn't have to upgrade that.The first version of Linux I installed, the drive caused several kernel panics and system lockups.The second version of Linux I installed was a bit better, but still having issues with the device. I tried different SATA ports, data cables, BIOS settings, etc. The drive would only use SATA 1 speeds, and thruput was not near what it should be.Combing thru the OCZ forums, I found a compatibility issue with this SSD and my motherboard chipset (NVidia). They have a live linux tool that will fix the speed issue, so I ran that. The drive now used SATA 2 speeds, but periodicially the drive would "reset" the SATA interface. Still not stable enough.After posting my issue on the forum, someone suggested I "tweak the voltage on my chipset". I've built computers for 15 years, and never had to do this in order to make a hd work. But my BIOS had a setting for OverVoltage on the Chipset by 0.5mv, so I set it. The SSD has been rock solid since.Whatever OS you use, make sure you follow SSD optimization guides (ie, no temp space on SSD, no Swapfiles on SSD, enable TRIM, etc).After three days of setting up and tweaking, this thing is blazing fast. Just make sure you are skilled enough and patient enough to go thru the potential headaches of all that tweaking. 4Solid SSDOrdered on Tuesday morning and replaced the system hard drive in a 2010 Mac Book Pro on Thursday of this week. (Via Prime) The startup speeds are nothing short of amazing. From power button to login and desktop in around 10 seconds. This used to take a minute thirty at the very minimum.The subject laptop has 8GB of ram and runs OSX 10.7.3. and is used primarily for IT work and heavy lifting. I decided to buy the drive as I work a lot in Paralells inside Windows 7 and AutoCad and got tired of the constant waiting for virtual machines and large files to load. Now, it's immediate. (Compared to previously experienced..)Easy replacement, took 10 minutes. Most of that time was spent searching the floor for one of the smallest cover screws known to Man. After that, booted from a USB image and re-installed OSX with all my applications.Being amazed at the difference I tried a couple of throughput tests with large files and it was averaging 492 Mb / sec as compared to a WD 1TB platter hard drive which ran at about 59 Mb / sec. Absolutely no comparison.Will give it a few weeks but I will most likely be replacing traditional HD's on all of our "power" desktops at work with similar SSD. The time savings should easily pay for itself quickly.Great product so far, we'll see how it goes.(Update 3/13/12)I am returning this drive for a refund as after a few days, any task with a significant I/O load (such as a simple time machine backup) causes the laptop to freeze. It was a slow burn and started great but deteriorated quickly. I do have another identical OCZ drive in a 2011 i5 Sata 6 Mac Mini that is working perfectly, but the one in the laptop is clearly defective. OCZ claims that it's Apple's problem and vice versa. Not wanting to get into that battle, I decided to opt out and try something different.Upon some review from a very educated friend I will go with a OWC 6b instead.Very disappointing as I see the rift on the manufacturer's website with a lot of very frustrated people with no where to turn.2Initial Review - Awesome!I've only had the device for a few days so this review wont comment on reliability. If something happens i'll update the review. I installed this lil drive on my Samsung R580 laptop with a Core i5 and 4gb of ram. I typically use the laptop for taking notes in class and using Microsoft Office on occasion. It was becoming unbearable to use, it would be very slow waking up when opening and very noticeable lag during bootup. So I bought the OCZ despite the reviews talking about installation and reliability issues. Removing the old HDD and replacing was so simple with the Samsung laptop that I was done in less than five minutes. Booted up the Linux boot disc provided through the OCZ forums and checked for firmware updates. (none were needed). Booted up Windows installation disc and it recognized the drive no problem. Installation went without a hitch, though I would note that the install wasn't any faster due to the bottleneck of the DVD drive's write speed. After install and updates and all the dust settled, I ended up with an incredible speed difference that was truly a breath of fresh air. The laptop feels easily 3x to 4x faster in response and fluidity, it will consistently wake up within seconds and boot up times are greatly diminished. Then I noticed a greater battery performance (20 to 30% improvement) and less heat generated by the device altogether. For those who have laptops that are a few years old and you've sidelined it in favor of tablets like the iPad, try to consider the idea of a low cost (relatively speaking) SSD like OCZ to see what you've been missing, you'll be shocked.Negatives: Cheap plastic packaging that does everything in its power to cut your hand, lack of documentation or firmware discs. Pretty much all cost cutting measures to allow for the cheaper price.Note: A fresh install of Windows takes up to 20gigs of space so it'll leave you with around 40GB on this device, I recommend if you do a lot of work that you use some form of cloud backup like carbonite or good syncing software like Google Drive or Dropbox to keep your work data backed up. Also people who are contemplating what to do with spacing issues especially if they have a large music collection should look at Google Music {...[ to upload their entire collection in the cloud and save you plenty of space, and also look at services like Microsoft's Skydrive to store other types of large data. Not only will it help you with space but it's also a really great convenience.5Macbook Pro 5,1 Works with some tweaks So I was looking to speed up my Macbook pro. I ended up getting this drive at a fairly good price. Now install was very easy a few screws and done...2 things I would mention out of the box this drive did not perform as expected frequent lockups freezes etc. The drive came with Firmware version 2.15. Most recent at this writing. Now. Things I needed to do to resolve this.To see if you are having my issue look at "about my mac -> more info -> serial-ata"Both speed should be 3gigabit.Vendor: NVidiaProduct: MCP79 AHCILink Speed: 3 GigabitNegotiated Link Speed: 1.5 GigabitDescription: AHCI Version 1.20 SupportedIf this is the case. Run a utility that boots a linux image and fix the speed that what not properly negotiated. Please note you must be on the most recent firmware as well. 2.15 at the time of this time.CD Image can be downloaded from OZC here.https://rapidshare.com/files/892490026/OCZ_MAC.zipOnce you are booted off the image you burned to CD. Click the icon called "MAC 1.5/3G" This will setup the drive to have the proper settings.Currently everything is working great for me here drive is fast and my OSX is now stable.I hope this helps someone else as well. 4Good DriveWorked without a hitch on Windows 7 Home Premium.Installed and worked on Windows 7 Home Premium without having to install any drivers/software - Plug and Play. Just wanna leave a review to say that despite reading all the negatives and worrying about this drive having those firmware problems, and Windows freezing described by so many posts, it seems that the new batches don't have those problems (at least not for me). I'm in the IT field so I follow hardware components closely, and have been waiting for a chance to jump on Solid State Drives for a few years now. Finally, it seems like it is coming in decent sizes at reasonable prices (~ $0.66/gig).Installation (cloning existing drive to new hard drive):Preinstall: Make sure your total current disk usage (C drive, etc) is less than the capacity of the SSD (for example: 240GB). Otherwise this won't work. You should also leave some room, so if your total disk usage is > 230GB , then you'll probably need to free up space before cloning, or get a larger SSD.I am cloning my existing Windows installation from my laptop (5400rpm SATA drive) to this new SSD, so my installation may reflect differently from others. Basically my installation was hassle free following these steps, but I assume if you do an installation from scratch all you would have to do is plug in this drive and install from Windows 7 CD and it will work:The steps I followed for cloning my existing drive (Windows 7 only):1. Plug in new SSD to an external hard drive enclosure (~$10 - 20) (for laptops only) and plug it into your computer's USB outlet. For desktops you just need to plug it in - no need for external enclosure.2. Have another external drive with at least a few hundred GB of storage available to store your backup image3. Turn on your computer and download "Acronis True Image" software (free full featured 30-day trial - buy if you like it) to clone your existing disk to your new SSD.- You'll want Acronis, because it allows you to make an image copy of your system while you're running Windows.4. Install and start Acronis - True Image to create a disk backup (select entire disk if you're not tech savvy - or just the OS partition if you know what you're doing) - Launch True Image -> Click on "Disk and partition backup" -> Click on "Switch to disk mode" on top right corner -> Click on the checkbox containing your C drive and leave others unchecked - Select the "Destination" to be your spare backup external drive with a few hundred GB of storage -> Check the "Estimated backup size" below "Source" and make sure you have enough space on your external drive to store the backup file (the size may seem small, but that's because it's compressed and only backing up data, not including free space - it is still a true copy) - Click on "Backup scheme" -> Select "Single version scheme" - Click Backup now - After backup, check that your image file is on your backup external drive5. Restore the backup to your SSD - Your ssd should be installed in an external enclosure and connected to your computer - Open Acronis True Image (2013) -> Tools and Utilities -> Under "Disk management" select "Add new disk" - Select the disk marked as (OCZ-AGILITY3) -> Next -> Create partition with MBR (Master boot record) -> Finish - Go back to Acronis True Image main screen -> Backup and recover tab -> Recover -> Select the backup you've just taken -> Click "Recover" - Source -> Click on "Switch to disk mode" -> Mark the check box (this is your source - it should be coming from your external backup drive) - The arrow pointing from the Source (Under the arrow) is your "Destination" -> Select "OCZ-AGILITY3" -> Recover now6. Turn off computer7. Replace your existing drive with the OCZ-AGILITY SSD.8. Turn on system. Voila - you now are running the exact same thing as you were before on your new drive without having to reinstall anything.Cheers.5OCZ Agility 3 240 GB *Refurbished*I'd like to drop a few lines about the refurbished Agility3 I got.It is fast and works just like a brand new one.In May/2012 I got a 180GB brand new unit, which has been working flawless!Once I got it, I made a firmware update to version 2.22, and in the beginning of 2013 I made an update to version 2.25.I never had a hick up with that unit. No BSOD nor recognition issue in BIOS, just a reliable fast drive.My wife has an aging 2010 laptop (Athlon II, 4GB RAM, AMD IGP). It was becoming slow even for her use - surf the web, light text editing, making presentation. The windows boot and shutdown time were long, and running softwares for the first time was time consuming.I thought why not upgrade the HDD to SSD? Since I had such a great experience with this model, and I have always had good experience with refurbished items, I decided to try.The refurbished unit came with the latest 2.25 firmware. Checked the SMART data and it had something like 3 Power On counts, and all other health indicators were close to zero, meaning the unit was probably sent back to OCZ right after it was opened, someone that had a problem with it right on the first setup and though it was DOA.The data partition was copied from the HDD to the SSD, and I had no issues, Windows7 booted on the first attempt. Then I followed some hints on the web to enable TRIM and AHCI driver on the laptop ( makes the HDD or SSD faster ).Even tough that laptop has an AMD SATA2 port - Sata2 is slower and AMD ports are slower than Intel ones, the performance is awesome. It was a great improvement over the HDD, and surely gave a longer life to that laptop.Average Price - 240GB model - May/2013U$ 240 - Brand newU$ 165 - RefurbishedCheers!5Great OCZ SSD!I am using it too boot a Mini Barebones PC and it boots Windows 7 Enterprise x64 in seconds. Other read and write operations are very fast. Information about the PC is below.I purchased a Jetway Mini-Top Barebones PC, Model# JBC700C9JG-H61-BW, Part# HBJC700C9JG-H61-BW, direct from Jetway as no one I could find sells this model. I will say it's an awesome little PC with MCE IR, a slim optical drive bay, an nVidia GT520M GPU with 1GB dedicated VRAM, an Intel chipset where you add a 2nd GEN Core i CPU (Sandy Bridge), support for 8GB RAM, an eSATA/eSATAp port and USB3as the more unusual features compared to other small PCs especially for the price. The only downside I see is the lack of USB ports. 2 USB2 on the back unless you count the USB in the eSATA port and 2 USB3 in the front. I added the USB2 hub below to add more USB ports and mounted it to the side of the PC with Scotch Reclosable Fasteners, see below. I'll let you look up more about this PC as it has nothing more to do with this review.MiniPC: [...]5Don't Overthink ItRead the lousy reviews, bought it anyway. Hardest part was getting it out of the packaging, if you have a blowtorch around it might help or perhaps a table saw. Anyway, once out of the package I stuck it in an I3 Toshiba, put a win7 disk in the DVD drive and away we went. Flawless operation from the gitgo, loaded Win7, turned it off, turned it back on, booted up in about nine seconds. If you are an IT expert and start fooling around with the settings, esoteric drivers and all that crap you will likely take hours if not days to get this thing working properly. If you are like me, too dumb about this stuff to even know what they are talking about, you can just stick it in the drive caddy, turn your machine back on and be up and running in no time, saying gee whiz as you watch it run umpteen times faster than whatever drive you took out of your machine.Then go buy a sata optical drive bay to hard drive caddy (got mine on ebay for ten bucks), undo the one screw that holds your dvd drive in place, mount the hard drive you just pulled out of your computer in the caddy and stick it in there. You now have access to everything you stored on that drive. Likely you seldom use the dvd drive anyway, whenever you need it you can quickly switch it back.5
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