Ask Ars: Do strong state drives cause issues with rest mode? Ars takes a gander at the issues some strong state drives have had with going to sleep.

There is minimal authority word on the issues that some strong state drives have had with waking from rest in the course of the most recent few years, however we could affirm that yes, it is an issue for a specific little subset of strong state drives. Certain producers are taking a shot at arrangements, and keeping in mind that there are numerous recommendations skimming around on the most proficient method to make the blue screens stop, nobody of them works for each setup.

The issue is that when certain PCs with SSDs are put to rest, they will hang, cause a blue screen of death, or compel a restart when woken up once more. This has not been a broad issue, and seems to happen just for a little (however noteworthy) subset of specific brands. A few makers have noticed that the rest issues appear to come about because of “similarity” issues as opposed to the drives themselves, while different brands of drives show up not to have the issue by any stretch of the imagination.

(As a casual investigation, we analyzed query items for terms like “rest SSD BSOD” associated with the Corsair or OCZ brands to those tied up with another brand like Intel. The Intel look returns for all intents and purposes nothing pertinent, while indexed lists for different brands are loaded with gathering posts by SSD proprietors befuddled about the rest prompted blue-screens or restarts.)

The greatest wellspring of rest issues is by all accounts from SSDs that utilization SandForce controllers, for example, Corsair, OWC, OCZ (who obtained Indilinx, another creator of SSD controllers, however OCZ still can’t seem to do much with them), G.Skill, and a couple others. Saying this doesn’t imply that the issue is constrained to or reliably give all SandForce-controlled drives. In any case, a few brands like Corsair have straightforwardly recognized that a nontrivial rate of their clients have experienced this issue, and they are attempting to fix it.

We endeavored to get in contact with a couple of various producers of influenced SSDs, yet got little reaction. We likewise reached SandForce specifically, and keeping in mind that the delegate we addressed was eager to place us in contact with somebody to clarify the issue, he said there weren’t any educated workers quickly accessible.

We could locate some official affirmation and clarification of the issue on the web: in a specialized bolster discussion for Corsair, one technical support staff part sponsored an announcement last August from a “Corsair item master” on the rest issues with their SandForce-utilizing arrangement of SSDs. The post said that Corsair has “got enough drives back to play out some important investigation, and we have, actually, possessed the capacity to reproduce this disappointment mode. In any case, drives that bomb on an issue framework work fine on different frameworks. It gives off an impression of being some kind of similarity issue that exclusive shows up on an extremely uncommon mix of equipment and programming.”

The Corsair discussion present goes ahead on say that Corsair has been “in close contact with SandForce” about the issue, and that “the shortage of the issue makes it extremely tricky and tedious to determine.” Since that posting, Corsair has discharged a firmware refresh for their Force arrangement of drives that diminished numerous clients of the rest inconveniences. Be that as it may, the issue perseveres on a few arrangements and the look for arrangements is continuous, as confirm by gathering posts from Corsair’s staff as of late as two months back. In order to what causes the issues, nobody is truly certain.

We’re somewhat hesitant of the expression “similarity issue.” It is likely that an equipment programming collaboration is bringing on the waking issues, yet it could undoubtedly be originating from a firmware, driver, or working framework bug (or a mix). A case of a comparative circumstance would be SoundBlaster Live stable cards that appeared to have similarity issues with Intel chipsets quite a long while back, an issue that ended up being an absence of consistence with PCI particulars.


On the off chance that you have one of these rest opposed setups, there are various proposed arrangements drifting around that merit attempting. The initial step is dependably to ensure your drivers and firmware are a la mode. Both OWC and Corsair discharged new firmware forms over the most recent couple of months that settled the SSD rest issues for some clients. A few clients have additionally figured out how to stop the terrible SSD conduct by refreshing the drivers for the Intel chipsets on their motherboards.

Others have found that rest modes, as opposed to plain rest mode, are the main driver. In the event that you have a desktop, one conceivable fix is killing mixture rest mode, which does a rest like spare of your documents to plate and in addition the memory when you put the PC to rest. Numerous tablets, including MacBooks and MacBook Pros, have had issues not with rest, but rather particularly with rest mode, which naturally kicks in when the PCs are snoozing and low on battery. OWC’s most up to date firmware for their drives is intended to determine this hibernation issue.

On the off chance that you can set your PC’s energy states by means of Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), setting your PC to utilize S1 as rest (standby) as opposed to S3/S4 rest (suspend exercises to RAM/circle) has additionally been successful for a few people.

Since this is a recognized issue, numerous makers utilizing SandForce controllers, including Corsair, are cheerful to swap out drives that are having rest issues. Since rest inconvenience is a similarity issue as opposed to one with the drive itself, we don’t know how powerful that would eventually be.

A critical determination of clients, in spite of all these fixes, still have issues. The PC set up together in the current Ask Ars DIY arrangement packs a Corsair Force arrangement SSD and still observes the intermittent BSOD on wake, notwithstanding our endeavors to actualize large portions of the recommended fixes.

For a few producers, the rest issues have all the earmarks of being getting somewhat wild: OCZ has demoralized clients with their SSD drives from utilizing rest or sleep on portable workstations by any stretch of the imagination, as a noteworthy number of drives never figure out how to wake up and are hence bricked.

The compass of the issue still seems little—once more, we stress that it’s delivered by an equipment and programming collaboration, not simply the drives. There have been no mass reviews, however the issue has been springing up on gatherings for near two years now and still no maker has possessed the capacity to bind an answer. It’s heartbreaking that the waking issues occur with SandForce drives specifically, as their controllers’ benchmarks demonstrate that they perform exceptionally all around contrasted with different controllers that have not displayed rest issues, even with irregular composes and peruses as the drive ages.

In the event that you are focused on a SandForce-controlled drive that is creating rest issues, the contrast between startup time and wake-up time is unimportant with a SSD, so you may need to work around shutting down your PC until your producer delivers a fix that works for your framework. In case you’re in the market for a SSD, we wouldn’t suggest making this issue your essential buy criteria, yet it merits considering—especially in the event that you can’t work without rest mode.

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