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My Intel X25 160GB HD failed today. It went into service in my daily use laptop on or about June 15th, 2010. Today is December 27, 2011. It first failed on December 15th, 2010. 17 months. INTEL part number SSDSA2MH160G2R5 R. It held my Linux OS and home directory the entire time. The first sign was a suspicious boot failure. I immediately performed a full backup which copied 69 of 70 GB. It continued to mount, so I ran numerous high and low level tests on it including chdsk, bad block, various SMART checks, including the BIOS test in the laptop. All tools said the drive was fine. A couple days later it would not mount at all. The partition table was totally wiped. The BIOS check said it was fine even after the partition table was wiped and it wouldn't mount. I just ordered a new Dell XPS17 because of this incident. Not sure the drive controller in my old HP laptop wasn't part of the problem. I'm not sure what I will do for an OS drive in my new laptop. I find it hard to believe that SSDs are that much on the crazy side of the crazy-hot line, but then I just about lost a lot of data with ZERO warning. I'll be running a RAID 1 setup using the eSATA port on the XPS17 ! Hope this helps someone.
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Dec 27, 2011