My 4 years old OCZ Agility 4 is hiccuping after being moved to a different system. This SSD was my main drive until a month ago and I first noticed the "Event ID 153 - The IO Operation at logical block address xxxx for Disk y was retried" 1 year ago.
0x00 = SCSISTAT_GOOD 0x09 = SRB_STATUS_TIMEOUT or 0x12 = SRB_STATUS_DATA_OVERRUN 0x28 = SCSIOP_READ
Nothing alarming, and SMART data was good. It might have nothing to do with my current issue, as I do get the very occasional
data_overrun on my brand new SSD.
After I upgraded the computer I moved the OCZ to a laptop. I formatted it and performed a clean install. I've been experiencing freezes since then.
The issue: Whatever program I'm using will become unresponsive for a couple of seconds, but I'll still be able to move the cursor around and even alt+tab. Whatever program becomes active will become unresponsive as well, and that lasts until the SSD responds in 2s-10s. I don't get a single event 153 in hours, I get ~10 of these at once during the freezing incident, and that happens multiple times an hour. If I happen to be running a SSD benchmark at the time it'll output either 0MB/s or fail.
When the drive doesn't hang the benchmark runs smoothly.
I don't get the event 153 if I'm using an external adapter to plug that SSD to an USB port. I wasn't able to determine if Windows just doesn't report that event if the SSD is connected to the USB (the event 153 was only introduced in Win8, it might not support USB data) or if the issue doesn't happen at all.
The SMART data doesn't look too bad to my untrained eyes:
The 153 event details code for these incidents are
00 04 2A and
00 04 28:
0x00 = SCSISTAT_GOOD 0x04 = SRB_STATUS_ERROR 0x28 = SCSIOP_READ or 0x2A = SCSIOP_WRITE
Could that be caused by a bad SATA adapter? I didn't try a different adapter yet because the model is difficult to find. If it's not the adapter, what can I do to mitigate the issue?
- Update the SSD firmware. It's already up to date.
- Increased the over provisioning.
- Clean OS install. Updated drivers as possible. It's an old laptop (LGP430) and I'm having trouble finding the best drivers for it.
- Made sure it's using AHCI mode.
- Double-checked TRIM. It's enabled.
- Installed Intel Rapid Storage, based on reports that it was able to stabilize SSDs with similar issues. Only older versions support this laptop specs, and installing it was a bad call. Windows crashed so badly I was forced to ntfsfix and mount the partition on Ubuntu so I could run a chkdsk then perform a system restore.