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~UPDATE 5 MONTHS LATER~
The drive is still working perfectly with the Macbook Pro. No issues, kernel panics, etc. Boot up is still 14 seconds even after all of the patches, updates and program installations that have happened since November. However, the issue is with the rebate from CA/TotalDefense, which was a stipulation of this purchase.
It took FIVE MONTHS, 9 phone calls and a complaint to the BBB to receive the $50 rebate American Express card. I see in other forums that some people gave up on it, and others settled for a $20 American Express card that was sent to them. Here's the fast facts:
*To make this deal work, you had to purchase the CA TotalDefense Backup software for that came with a $50 rebate American Express card.
*To apply for the rebate, you had to install the software, sign up for the Automatic Renewal and provide a credit card number and information you entered into a website. You were not presented with a confirmation number, just a message that said "You're all set!"
*Rebate was supposed to be mailed about 6 weeks after activating software and signing up for Auto Renewal.
*CA TotalDefense also offered a $20 rebate card through other retailers.
*Since the customer was not given a confirmation number, and rebates are handled by different departments at two companies (CA and TotalDefense still function as separate entities), CA/TotalDefense can claim that they do not have a record, or claim that you are only owed the $20 rebate since they cannot verify whether you claimed the $20 rebate or $50 rebate.
In short, don't ever trust a CA/TotalDefense rebate promise.
VERTEX PLUS HAD DATA CORRUPTION ISSUES ON OLD FIRMWARE: FIRMWARE 3.55 FIXES CORRUPTION ISSUES THAT CAME FROM USING SATA I CONNECTION (Sata II is the 3gb/s & Sata III is the new 6gb/s interface)~flashfir
I have my roommate running his netbook on vertex plus firmware 3.55 no problems few weeks in.
DEAD. Not avail online, won't add software to cart. Need software for rebate to get price to $70.
NOTICE: These are Barefoot+Martini drives, not Sandforce.
Last edited by okinawanmatt; 04-16-2012 at 10:40 PM..
Meh, I'm trying to confirm whether or not it's fixed in firmware... I would like to hear from a drive owner here.
Almost purchased until I read this fine print...
"You may opt out of ARS at any time by visiting the My Account section within your CA Technologies software."
I'll set a google calendar reminder to disable it. The rebate is triggered right after you give them your card info, so you can cancel immediately after. I'll probably do it on a one time discover card number and tell them any further charges on the SOAN number aren't authorized, just in case. Since it would be a one time number I wouldn't have to change my card # if there were problems.
I own the 120gb Vertex Plus. At first, I got windows errors stating to check my drive consistency. But once they released the firmware update, I flashed my drive without wiping data, and it's working flawlessly in my Asus K52F-BBR9 with 8gigs RAM.
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