While possible, odds are you did not recieve three defective SSDs.
Did you use the same SATA cable each time? A bad cable can obviously cause issues.
Is the mobo BIOS updated and your SSD has the latest firmware?
yes i used the same SATA cable each time, the same SATA cabel which is working with my current HDD from WD with 80GB and which works also with the DVD-ROM drive. I have tried a new cable only with the 3rd SDD once the error already occured :-(
I just thinking to wait till the new 510 or 310 SDD´s from Intel are available and order those instead of trying one more of the X25.
I have four X25-M 80GB SSDs, and they all work perfectly, they are between a year and four months old.
But, there is a recent post in this forum about another X25-M 80GB SSD having the same SMART error as you mentioned. So, I'm wondering if there was a bad production run of these SSDs, since you purchased these recently, and you received ones from that possibly bad batch? This is the first time we've seen that error mentioned with this or any Intel SSD on this forum that I can recall, so having this problem posted twice in a very short interval has me wondering. Let me be clear, my statement is a theory based on two reports of this problem, which are the only basis for it, but it seems more than a coincidence, IMO.
The only other possiblility I can think of is checking the value of the 5V rail on your PS, since these SSDs only use 5 volt power, and if the rail was to high, it might cause problems.
Same problem here.
Though I am only on my second one.
I installed Win 7 64 bit, and it died after about a month. Sent it back to Intel for exchange.
In the meantime got another brand, installed Win 7 64 and running with no problem.
Got the replacement and tried to use it to install Win XP 32 and became a brick after first round of updates.
Will return it for a warranty replacement, again.
My Mobo Nvidia 680 SLI
Graphics Nvidia NForce 8800GTS.
NVIDIA say no more
Try disabling command queueing on the port the SSD is connected to. A friend of mine with an Intel SSD and Nvidia motherboard had to do that to get it to work properly.
Try Intel SSD firmware update FW version 02M3.
18 January 2011
This firmware revision fixes enumeration and slow-boot issues on SATA 6Gb/s controllers, adds improvements to S.M.A.R.T. attributes for more accurate reporting of drive health, improves NCQ capability, and fixes possible drive hangs when reading S.M.A.R.T. self-test log.
Dissapointed here as well, my 80G intel 320 was only 2-3 days old when I reset the system because it froze up and the drive never worked ever since, it shows 8m capacity on the disk manager, cannot initialize, format or do anything with it.
I am running EVGA x58 i7 950 SLI GTX560ti 12Gram windows 7 home 64bit.
Tried installing it to another system but no use it's stuck on the 8m capacity ???????????? go figure
sogersortep, That does not sound good about your SSD. You can give the following a try if you'd like before returning it, which you should do now if there is a time limit to return it.
If you don't have the Intel SSD Toolbox on your EVGA X58 PC, download and install it. You should run either of the Diagnostic Scan's to see what the results are. In the Management Tools section, you should perform a Secure Erase, although you may need to format the drive first, and check the Help or Toolbox User Guide for more information if you need it.
If the Secure Erase completes fine, you can then try the SSD again, which will be starting over as if it is new, if it is not broken. But, if it is truly broken, then this will not fix it of course. You could also attempt a firmware update on it. If it seems fine after all of this, you could give it a chance and see how it goes, but returning it may be your best option.
Thanks for the reply, the only utility I ran was something called "crystaldiskinfo" that shows the current condition of the HDD's and in this case it showed on the SSD serial instead BAD_CTX god knows what that means, but it's probably something similar to a bad sector because the drive just felt like it due to low quality parts used in the drive.
I cannot explain it any other way, I don't abuse my equipment, and I hold Intel responsible 100% if you release a fast drive make sure you release the repair tools to go with it, otherwise don't release it because it would look like a rip off scheme more or less.
My 2 x 300G 10000rpm velociraptors run better than the SSD drives regardless the 5.9 windows experience level which is ******** IMHO I think I'll go back to those until Intel finds a cure for that particular someone in their team with the SSD unilateral wet dream fiasco....and I know I am not the only one with the same issue here.
Would you be happening to use USB connection there?
No, I hooked it up to a SATA port on the mainboard to run the toolbox tests which when I click on the drive there are no options on the left side to click on, and when I click on any of the other drives it keeps refreshing the screen and cannot use any of the options anyway.
I ran the firmware disk (burned from the .iso) and it said that the drive already has the firmware installed
I also ran the tests with the USB bridge and returned the same results...now I'm really stuck
And besides the thing with the toolbox is weird, if you click on a drive it keeps refreshing the screen, all the buttons are grayed out and that's as far as I can get with the toolbox