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OCZTechnology 240GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb-s 2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max... by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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OCZTechnology 240GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max...
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 344 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 7.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   average
Speed4.1   below average
Installation3.4   below average
Read3.1   below average
Firmware2.6   average
Windows2.5   mediocre
Boot2.1   mediocre


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Boot

Boot:
"Then started having boot problems."
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"In the end, 6 of the 20 drives either failed or caused boot issues."
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"One more boot failure and two failing to be recognized by bios, showing an interior red light."
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"The boot failure drive was replaced and moved to the older machines."
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"It failed to boot one day."
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"Performed a clean install (prob people are mirroring their boot hard drives, thus complaining its a bad ssd) very fast boot!"
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"Good boot times, application start etc."
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"These are not the biggest capacity nor the latest-tech with best-of-class featuresHowever, the laptops are now able to boot to sign on in 18-20 seconds."
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"Despite being an older computer it runs Mountain Lion very smoothly and boots in a matter of seconds with the SSD."
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"I am very pleased with this drive as I now boot in to windows in 8 seconds with no hour glass."
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")This arrangement allows me to easily boot into any environment I desire."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"The company was denying problems with the latest firmware (2.25 for this drive)."
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"The firmware update was very difficult and after several attempts, I finally ended up having to create a bootable USB drive in order to flash the firmware to the SSD."
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"Also note that what I did will be good go get the Recovery Partition re-created during Lion Mountain Lion setup - needed if you're going to use FileVault 2);6) Go to OCZ Support Page and download and install the latest firmware - follow OCZ instructions on the website (you don't want to be one of the guys on the forum that had problems because of the firmware);7) [optional] Go to [...] and download Trim Enabler."
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"Searching OCZ Forums, I also found out that usually people does not read the manuals and do researches, so most of the problems that they had in the past were solved in firmware upgrades or in any other way."
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"Petrol was horrible, even after updating it to the latest firmware."
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"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)."
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"I also connected the drive as a slave and was able to update the drive to the latest firmware but it did not help at all."
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"After the firmware upgrade, this OCZ is smooth and reliable."
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"The drive came with the 2.15 firmware out of the box so it easily sync'd up with my computer at the 3Gbps SATA II rate supported by the computer itself."
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"I would recommend upgrading the firmware on the drive when you get it using the OCZ linux based tool and then secure erasing it."
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"Updated to the latest firmware without any problem.3."
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Installation

Installation:
"The only problem I encountered installing it was my tool less install brackets for my hard drives didn't work to well with the SSD mounting bracket."
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"- If you clone and fail then it causes problems with installing Windows 7 - I have included a fix below.2, Upgrade the OCZ SSD firmware using the Linux based firmware update program available on the OCZ site;- remove your existing HDD and insert the SSD and boot the Linux program from the CD.- If you have a Toshiba R700 press Esc at boot up and then F12 to select boot order (DVD).- The OCZ windows based firmware upgrade program couldn't find my SSD - it was plugged into the USB port."
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"Booted up Windows installation disc and it recognized the drive no problem."
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"I was very keen to test this SSD on my computer, but after open the package (which was a simple plastic package with no extra instructions or specifications regarding the drive) and installing on my Notebook I got very disappointed."
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"I am not sure about a lot of users who complain about firmware update and installation."
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"I thought I might have made some mistakes which installing the ssd or maybe some firmware update caused it, so I rechecked the wires and resintalled windows."
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"it has been over a year since installation and no problems"
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"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."
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"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)."
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"If you don't want to have any troubles installing a SSD Hard Drive, I would recommend you not to buy a Sand Force hard drive, but I have to say that taking some time you could make it work efficiently."
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Price

Price:
"Negatives: Cheap plastic packaging that does everything in its power to cut your hand, lack of documentation or firmware discs."
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"But, with ridiculous prices on SSDs now, I don't want to buy those expensive 512GB ones yet."
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"Now that they are finally coming down to a reasonable level in price, I couldn't recommend these 120GB Corsair Agility 3's enough."
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"Fast Shipping great price Awesome SSD"
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"very reliable and great price."
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"Good price, plenty of speed."
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"Invest in a little more money for a solid state drive and you will spend good money."
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Read

Read:
"Good product, fast and quiet but I've read that there may be some instability failure issues with OCZ drives, have to wait to see when they crashes."
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"Searching OCZ Forums, I also found out that usually people does not read the manuals and do researches, so most of the problems that they had in the past were solved in firmware upgrades or in any other way."
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"It reported a drive read error and promptly vanished from the bios and refused to reappear."
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"I have tested it it gives maximum 159MB read write on SATA II .. i am not happy i had 3x 1TB (5400rpm) raid they were almost 120MB sec ... so i didn't found this drive worth it ..."
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"I have read reviews that such drives with sf-2200 controllers have failed them."
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"No issues from day one, great write and read speed."
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"Good product, fast and quiet but I've read that there may be some instability failure issues with OCZ drives, have to wait to see when they crashes."
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"WEI read a incredible 7.5 -very pleased with that."
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"Benchmark report Read Write speeds of around 250-280MBs (Lavalys EVEREST Ultimate Edition: Disk Benchmark component tests linear read and write bandwidth speeds)- that's pretty darn close to what Sata II is capable of delivering."
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"UPDATE:Please read the comments for more up-to-date information on my experience."
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Speed

Speed:
"Also, it seemed like performance degraded over time."
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"In a desperate attempt to speed up my 3 year old laptop, I went out and picked up an OCZ Agility 3 while in the UK."
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"Very fast boot up times and overall performance, but none of that means anything if it is dead and doesn't work."
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"Good product, fast and quiet but I've read that there may be some instability failure issues with OCZ drives, have to wait to see when they crashes."
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"The drive is still new, and of course, I can run into problems, but for now, it is incredibly fast and I couldn't be more satisfied than that."
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"Unfortunately, I want performance too."
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"Fast Shipping great price Awesome SSD"
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"The old school SSD , great performance and lot of Hours working, :)"
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"good product, fast shipping"
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"No issues from day one, great write and read speed."
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"been using this for more than a year nonstop, very good performance, consistent, not a single remap or bad block after +2TB writes"
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Windows

Windows:
"The data partition was copied from the HDD to the SSD, and I had no issues, Windows7 booted on the first attempt."
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"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)."
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"I read that you are not suppose to put an ssd on sleep mode, i accidentally had windows on sleep, no problem at all."
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"- Do not format your SSD using Windows before trying to install Windows 7 - I made this mistake.4, I used Toshiba Recovery disked to install Windows 7.- If the above instructions are followed it should work first time."
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"- If you clone and fail then it causes problems with installing Windows 7 - I have included a fix below.2, Upgrade the OCZ SSD firmware using the Linux based firmware update program available on the OCZ site;- remove your existing HDD and insert the SSD and boot the Linux program from the CD.- If you have a Toshiba R700 press Esc at boot up and then F12 to select boot order (DVD).- The OCZ windows based firmware upgrade program couldn't find my SSD - it was plugged into the USB port."
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"I returned mine and paid $15 more to get a Samsung 830 that I absolutely love, even though that meant reinstalling Windows 8 again."
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"Eventually it wouldn't bring up Windows so I had to re-install on the old reliable 1 Terabyte spinning disk drive."
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"I am very pleased with this drive as I now boot in to windows in 8 seconds with no hour glass."
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"I recommend trying a clean install using the Windows 7 recovery disks first."
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"Once I secure erased the SSD, Windows 7 installation went off without a problem."
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