FYI - SanDisk Extreme SSDs are experiencing sudden failures


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Feb 27, 2011
SanDisk Extreme Pro portable SSDs have reportedly been experiencing drive failures and data loss, with little being done to address the issue. Ars Technica and The Verge first raised this issue in May, followed by individual users reporting similar incidents. The Verge's supervising producer lost all data on a 4TB SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD, but Western Digital (SanDisk's parent company) assured a firmware fix would resolve the problem. However, the replacement SSD also failed, wiping valuable work. PetaPixel reported similar issues with SanDisk's Pro-G40 SSD, part of Western Digital's SanDisk Professional sub-brand. Western Digital is yet to issue a statement regarding these issues, with the only visible action being a price reduction on SanDisk SSDs. The WD My Passport SSD, another product from Western Digital, could also be prone to similar problems. Digital Camera World has suspended recommendations of SanDisk and WD-branded portable SSDs until the issue is resolved.

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I just received an email from an attorney on this. There is either a class action or mass action law suit against Western Digital and San Disk. Says they are very prone to sudden failures and WD never disclosed it. I know I have lost about 3 or 4 WD portable hard drives for no reason. One was in an HP computer that was designed for plug and play of hard drives. Worked great for a short period, then Bam I lost everything. It was supposed to be redundant but was not.

Search for attorneys doing the WD/Sans Disk lawsuit.
The odd part about all of this, I have 3 of them, all review drives that Sandisk (WD) sent me for review, granted these were from the first batch but I have been using them for almost 3 years, and they never failed. I use them every day, I have a 2TB Sandisk 550mb/s, two Sandisk Pro 2 TBs, and 4TBs 2000mb/s, the only thing I noticed is that you can't get close to 2000mb/s unless you are connected via Thunderbolt. They never failed. Maybe they will in the future, but I would think after almost 3 years they would have done so already. I use them every day to back up my OS and review data. Of course, I can't return them, I didn't pay for them. But even if I could, I wouldn't. I believe a lot of this hype and fear of failure might be valid, but I have seen way too many things like this turn out to be competitor-related bull crap. :giggle:
I entered my serial numbers into all of those sites to see if my drives needed the firmware update, I did update the 4TB but the other two were not affected.