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330 SSD Random Freezes



I purchased an Intel 330 SSD 60 GB. The main reason I did so was to replace my


OCZ Vertex 3 SSD that was unreliable. I decided that I will go with Intel brand


SSD for my operating system disk and ocz as my spare gaming, program disk. Well


I started getting the bad freezes its very random I would leave my pc on and


when I got to work I couldn't connect remotely to it. After I got back home I discovered


that its frozen. Everything would be on but the disk led on my case would not


blink no I/O device would work. Only thing left was hard reset. In even viewer


there was a critical error associated to unexpected shutdown kernel power 41.


There was no other error that would refer to the freeze. The other day


everything was fine I was able to connect remotely while at work, I got back


home everything was fine. I wanted to play some when I double click on the icon


system froze. I got mad I think maybe it's my Geforce 680 GTX but i have like


850W PSU so can't be. I had all the Intel Drivers Installed including RST and Management.


As someone suggested I uninstalled the RST driver and will see if there is any



My Sytem

INTEL CORE I5 2500K @ 4.6 GHZ

ASRock Z68Extreme 7 (G3)

MSI 680 GTX Lightning OC

8GB @ 1600 |CORSAIR CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Intel 330 SSD 60 GB SATA III

Vertex 3 SSD 120 GB SATA III

Corsair 850 W Modular PSU

Corsair Obsidian 650d Case

Windows 7 SP1

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Community Manager

Do you use the Intel SSD Toolbox? It is a free download that will help you maintain your SSD, and also tune your PC for use with a SSD. That might help with your problem.

I also suggest you change your Windows Power Option to High Performance, and in the Advanced options, in Hard Disk, set Turn off disk after to Never.

As odd as this may sound, have you ever run the Windows Experience Index utility, under Performance Options and Tools? It may have run on its own, but if you have no score, run it. That will tell Windows you have a SSD, and it will change some settings automatically.

Community Manager

Hi Thank You


for looking into my issue.

Whatever you suggested was done. After fresh windows install At first I haven't spotted my issue


because I was turning off my pc. The other day I decided to keep it up running


for a week or so to see how reliable it is. And that was a time when I start


observing freezes that force me to do the hard reset and create a kernel power 41


critical error cause of unexpected shutdown. Now I read a lot of guides and


been to many forums it seems like some people have issue with Intel's very own


IRST Driver and suggest uninstalling it. I did so myself and my pc is now going


for 48 h + run that includes idle time, playing music, Photoshop work and


playing GPU demanding games MAXED OUT in dx11.

The IRST driver that I had was I see now that Version 11.x.x.xxxx is available to


download but to be honest I want to see how far my pc goes without the freeze Without


these drivers. I have very good hardware components and I very much doubt that any of them might be a



Plus I haven't noticed any performance differences without the drive according


to ATTO Disk benchmark speeds are same or very close to close to tell.