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Good, I have literally hundreds of SSDs in a pile here at work. Vertex 2s, Core 3, Vertex Plus, all broken and no data recovery can be done as they don't even power on.


I always wondered if it is possible to recover the data by other means. Direct access to the NAND with another controller?

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I sincerely hope someone takes over. It'll be a hell if warranties will be cut. Toshiba might buy and even honor SSD part (just as Seagate honors Samsung warranties), but how about the rest of the stuff? One allegeldy problematic OCZ ZT arrived just yesterday.

 

Seagate had to, Samsung didn't go bankrupt they sold the business. 

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Filing for bankruptcy (aka filing for Chapter 11) means getting a protection from creditors (those who the company owes money to).

 

The company isn't defunct yet. It can still go through a restructuring process and emerge from bankruptcy or another company can inject some cash into it in exchange for its stock.

 

It's a sad piece of news still, but it's too early to say RIP.

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Here's hoping my vertex 4 doesn't die any time soon
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I always wondered if it is possible to recover the data by other means. Direct access to the NAND with another controller?

Depends on what the actual problem is with the drive, at a basic level - yes. Desolder the NAND chips, read them one-by-one into a hex editor, append them and you'll have an image of the drive, if there's a problem with one or more of the NANDs then you might not be able to do anything with the data, and if you used a drive with a sandforce controller; you're completely stuffed as all data being written/read from the drive is encrypted/decrypted on-the-fly by the sandforce controller using a key that is stored internally to the sandforce chip and usually a dead SF device means the encryption code was wiped.

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Sandforce killed OCZ imo

 

dont know why sandforce doesn't get any stick for the whole mess everyone seems to blame OCZ but it wasnt entirely their fault other manufactures who used sandforce controllers had problems too

 

even intel

 

Before I got an SSD I googled and found that there is no problem with sandforce 2xxx controllers, only 1xxx. I'm already using Intel 520/530 (sandforce controller) series & very happy with the overall performance. I have no issues till now.

 

This exactly.  The Vertex 2 was horribly plagued with issues that rooted from the Sandforce controller, and they were forced to honor a lot of warranties.  It wasn't ridiculous, but something like 5% failures, which isn't good.

 

I'm sad to see them go since I've used only their drives since the first Vertex.  Never had a single failure and the performance has been top notch.  The Vertex 4 and Vector are arguably the fastest SSDs on the market (yep even above the 840 Pro).

 

Hopefully Samsung doesn't raise their prices out the roof since they really won't have any competition anymore.

 

It would be the compatibility issues rather than controllers. Just ensure to keep the controller firmware updated & also SSD manufacturer firmware up to date as well. I think, this issue has been fixed & the new SF controllers are believed to be faster

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Their RAM was superb (but they discontinued it), their SSD's were crap.

Too bad to see OCZ go. I had reliable computers with their RAM...

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