OCZ Vertex 3 Freezes, Locks Up, Stutters and Crashes
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 June 2011 05:15 Written by Naota Tuesday, 10 May 2011 08:58
Greetings my fellow Vertex 3 owners. After waiting endlessly for the Vertex 3, I was finally able to get a hold of it! Quality Control issues aside, there are people experiencing freezing, crashing, lockups and stuttering. I know I experienced these problems.
After research and trial/error I was able to come up with some various solutions to help resolve this problem. I will be writing a solid state optimization article as well, and you will find it to be redudent. Why? Because these fixes can improve performance while removing problems.
Part 1 – OCZ Vertex 3 AHCI or to not AHCI?
The new Intel Chipset contains both the Marvell Controller and the AHCI Controller. It his highly recommended that you use the AHCI Controller (Intel Ports) when given the opportunity. Not only can this be more stable, but it can increase performance.
OCZ Freezes and Locks Up from Power Settings
You should disable “turn hard drive off” in the power settings option in Windows. Allowing the hard drive to turn off can create some stability problems because the SATA Specification has an issue right now with the LPM Feature that Intel has.
Enable “Hot Plugging” for Vertex 3
Enabling Hot Plugging will increase your stability some as well. It may stop your Vertex 3 from Locking Up. OCZ Recommends this.
Install the Latest Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology) Software for Vertex 3
Intel is frequently making updates to their Rapid Storage Software. Expect more to come out to completely fix this problem. For now, install the latest version for optimal performance. You can find and download the latest Intel RST Software here.
Edit your Registry File to Fix the Vertex 3 from Freezing and Locking up, and Increase Performance
This step is a little tricky, but here we go. I highly recommend this because it solved virtually all the issues my drive had, and even increased the performance. This is a work around to the problem with the Intel RST Software.
Copy the entire quote below:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Open notepad and paste it. Save the file as “ocz.reg” and make sure your selected file type is “all”. This should turn the file into a registry file. Now open the file and hit yes to add. Restart your computer and it should be done!
Note: Only do this if you know what you are doing. We do not take responsibility for your actions. I have used this fix and had success along with many others. You can view the original post written by Zoork here. Don’t worry, this works for multiple solid state drives, not just the C300.
If you did all these fixes listed above, you should have a full functioning drive. If the above did not fix anything, then you may have a defective product. This drive really is amazing, so I hope that fixed it for you.
Still looking at getting this drive? Well you can read our OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS Edition Vs Regular Edition article here to help you with your decision.
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