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Hi,

I have a second ssd in my laptop Vortex (the first one is a SATA 1TB) http://www.hardeschijfstore.be/product/134634/category-183882-interne-harde-schijven-ssd/ocz-vertex-3-120-gb-2-5-inch.html

Now regularely my OS (Windows 7) locks/freezes without any reason for several minutes. It has to be the Vortex so I contacted support of where I bought the disk. Now they told me to upgrade it, but the upgrade)tool didn't work so I can return the disk, what I will.

Now I've read some things on Internet about instability SSD in general, possibility to crash etc whereas I thought it would be really stable and couldn't crash (because of no turning parts in SSD).

So now I don't know what to do: should I buy another SSD or just add an extra SATA ....
I would like to buy my SSD  or SATA here: http://www.hardeschijfstore.be/
Goal is to run as well as OS (Windows 7) as VMWare Workstation on the SSD, the other data goes on the SATA-disk. Previous test showed that fastest working was both OS and VM's on SSD! Untill I had problems with locking/freezing OS.

Note: this one looks good in results too:
http://www.hardeschijfstore.be/product/134638/category-183882-interne-harde-schijven-ssd/crucial-m4-128-gb-2-5-inch.html
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First, not all SSDs work (well) with all controllers.  So no matter what, I would go to the SSD vendor's site and see if there are any posts relating to similar experiences with  your Laptop and/or a similar laptop.   Also make sure you upgrade firmware/drivers/BIOS.  Always lots of important fixes coming out... Granted you can't update the SSD FW (I"m getting to that), but it wouldn't hurt, at least to make everything current.

Then look at power.  Does this happen with battery, AC attached, or both?  Obviously if this is battery only, then it is power-related, and you will never get it to work fine (unless you want to buy a new battery and are willing to replace batteries frequently).  

Since the MFG told you to update the firmware, then give them the benefit of the doubt.  Is this your basic, something to try, or can they point you to something in release notes that says this just has to be done?

The OCZs are a great product, with good bang-for-the-buck.  I would take it to the PC store where I bought it, and tell them the upgrade won't work on your laptop.  They probably have a RMA department, and they would likely rather update the firmware on their machine then deal with a return (well, maybe, unless this is a large chain).

VMWARE?  If your particular machine, controller, and SSD is not on the HCL, then you are just looking for trouble and personally, I wouldn't even waste any time running VMWARE on uncertified hardware.  I would use something that is more tolerant, like parallels, or MFTS product, or even virtualbox.  

So sorry there is no magic solution but you have course of action
1. Upgrade firmware.
2. Use another virtualization product and hope for the best.
3. Buy a different laptop.

You are throwing money away just trying a different SSD.
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If you have time and desire, please post a follow-up on what you learn, as so many people try to do this and usually when they go to different software, controllers, SSDs, then it works. Way too much in the database about what doesn't work, not enough about what does work together.  With so many layers of interoperability issues ... it is helpful to get good combinations.
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