Regular readers will know of the challenge submitted to KitGuru by OCZ – to kill 5 of their ARC 100 Solid State Drives. If you need a recap, then head back to this original page posted on December 10th.
The drives all passed the warranty figure of 100TB on 10th January 2015 – our next test was to get them all past the 200TB mark. Would any fail?
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Read original ‘challenge' editorial on 10th December, HERE.
Read 17th December 2014 ‘challenge' update, HERE.
Read 27th December 2014 22TB mark update, HERE.
Read 10th January 2015 100TB mark update, HERE.
Interview with OCZ on ‘The Past, The Present and The Future', HERE.
We have no idea how long the 5 drives will last, but it will be interesting. OCZ are hoping that this test will go some way to repair their reputation which suffered in previous years after well known problems with the Sandforce 2281 controller. OCZ no longer use this controller and have introduced a new ‘ShieldPlus Warranty System' to reassure customers.
The ‘ShieldPlus Warranty system’ eliminates the requirement for ‘proof of purchase’ … if a drive fails. A brand new SSD is shipped to the OCZ customer of the same capacity, in advance. When the replacement is received by the customer they can then send their old faulty drive back with a prepaid envelope. Yes it all does seem too good to be true, but we can’t find any catch.
Anyway, be sure to check KitGuru regularly for updates on this OCZ ‘death test’. This is the first time any SSD company have proposed this idea so we have to give some credit where it is due! 200TB is now quite an achievement, and it will be interesting to see when the first drive fails.
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KitGuru says: More updates coming as we get them!