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I have been trialling a Corsair CSSD-F60GB2 for 3 weeks now and while it is brilliantly fast running as a system disk for Server 2008 R2 and really underlines the value of using SSDs for servers, the Corsair SSD itself is a total disaster as a server system disk because of it's unreliability.


The server is turned on 24/7 and every couple of days the SSD goes offline, causing a BSOD and inaccessible boot device error. A reboot fails with the drive not visible in the system BIOS. It the server is powered off and back on again the SSD is visible, the system boots and everything works perfectly for the next couple of days.


There are a number of other references to this sort of thing happening, both on this forum and elsewhere. That suggests this is not an uncommon problem with the firmware/hardware of this model SSD. To quote an article on SSDs:


The issue here is that Corsair's recently released Force series of SSDs are shipping (and continue to ship) with v3.0.1 installed, which -- according to SandForce -- will never be viewed as the final version ready for mass consumption. As the story goes, v3.0.1 may experience a reliability issue with a power management state, but v3.0.5 caps small file random write performance as to better separate the SF-1200 drives from the pricier SF-1500 drives. See http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1312/1/


This suggests that there could be an issue with the Sandforce firmware revision. When I looked for a firmware update I found the 60GB drive is not in the support list (SSDs > select your product from the list). I can get a replacement drive by RMA, but if it behaves in the same way, Corsair have lost an opportunity to become a standard for our servers.


Do these drives have a known problem that Corsair are willing to fix?

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I too have had some problems where a complete power cycle of the drive causes it to fail to be detected during boot. If I give the drive an extra few seconds and hit ctrl+alt+del to reboot, I can usually get it back up and running.


This seems to be a firmware issue with the drive and is definitely deserving of a firmware update or workaround.


I have the following drive:

Corsair CSSD-F120GB2

FW Rev 1.1

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The system is a Thinkpad T410 using BIOS 6IET72WW (1.32 )


PCI bus devices:

00:00.0 0600: 8086:0044 (rev 02)

00:02.0 0300: 8086:0046 (rev 02)

00:16.0 0780: 8086:3b64 (rev 06)

00:16.3 0700: 8086:3b67 (rev 06)

00:19.0 0200: 8086:10ea (rev 06)

00:1a.0 0c03: 8086:3b3c (rev 06)

00:1b.0 0403: 8086:3b56 (rev 06)

00:1c.0 0604: 8086:3b42 (rev 06)

00:1c.1 0604: 8086:3b44 (rev 06)

00:1c.3 0604: 8086:3b48 (rev 06)

00:1c.4 0604: 8086:3b4a (rev 06)

00:1d.0 0c03: 8086:3b34 (rev 06)

00:1e.0 0604: 8086:2448 (rev a6)

00:1f.0 0601: 8086:3b07 (rev 06)

00:1f.2 0106: 8086:3b2f (rev 06)

00:1f.3 0c05: 8086:3b30 (rev 06)

00:1f.6 1180: 8086:3b32 (rev 06)

03:00.0 0280: 8086:0089 (rev 35)

0d:00.0 0805: 1180:e822 (rev 01)

0d:00.1 0880: 1180:e230 (rev 01)

0d:00.3 0c00: 1180:e832 (rev 01)

ff:00.0 0600: 8086:2c62 (rev 02)

ff:00.1 0600: 8086:2d01 (rev 02)

ff:02.0 0600: 8086:2d10 (rev 02)

ff:02.1 0600: 8086:2d11 (rev 02)

ff:02.2 0600: 8086:2d12 (rev 02)

ff:02.3 0600: 8086:2d13 (rev 02)



Specifically the SATA controller when inside Linux:


00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 06) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])

Subsystem: Lenovo Device 2168

Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+

Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-

Latency: 0

Interrupt: pin B routed to IRQ 45

Region 0: I/O ports at 1860

Region 1: I/O ports at 1814

Region 2: I/O ports at 1818

Region 3: I/O ports at 1810

Region 4: I/O ports at 1840

Region 5: Memory at f2827000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)

Capabilities: [80] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-

Address: fee0100c Data: 4189

Capabilities: [70] Power Management version 3

Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot+,D3cold-)

Status: D0 NoSoftRst+ PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-

Capabilities: [a8] SATA HBA <?>

Capabilities: [b0] PCI Advanced Features


AFCtrl: FLR-

AFStatus: TP-

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