CAUTION for the S.M.A.R.T Cleared SM961 drives!

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  1. RMSMajestic

    RMSMajestic Notebook Consultant

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    Yeah but for factory refurbishment you've got a "certified refurbished" sticker.
    In economy there's a term called "lemon market", which describes the phenomon of "bad money drives out the good" when there's information inequality. In the end there will be only "lemons" in the market. Actually as of now almost no one in China buy RAMs/SSDs/HDDs from taobao.

    Personally I think what will happen is, the price of SM961 will crash to the bottom. And they can't even sell refurbished drives at perhaps 3/4 of the price which second-handed drives used to have. Most buyers will end up spending 30%-50% more.

    Who will win from whis? Maybe Samsung or other TLC manufacturer?
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Which word did I make a mistake?
     
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    :thinking:

    A. If you have read the terms and conditions of manufacturers, you will immediately realize that the warranties are pretty much useless.
    a1. NONE, NONE of the manufaturer cover the data loss during the warranty period.
    a2. If you have a potato drive, how likely will you get similar level of coverage? More likely you will just receive a "Refurbished" product. I've also seem posts saying about receiving a 710 as replacement for X25-E before.

    That's said, the value of the warranty is CAPPED at the economic value of the drive itself. It should never be overpriced. I can't see how a $200 960evo can compare to a $175 sm961., even if the SM961 have had 100 P/Es. Like really, the only reason I can think of about buying 960evo is when you have only one PC and are extremely risk averse.

    I have had ~30 second handed SSDs, and only one is dodgy (which is the buggy Cruicial M4). When you have big enough sample size then the OEM /2nd handed drives should not be a problem.

    But that's all before these SMART tempering thing came out. I don't agree with not buying the 2nd handed drives (if their exact condition is made known and can't be changed). But I think now we should ignore those SM961s and let this SMART tampering thing bite back to those who did it.
     
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    My guessing, this:
    might make A***** great again. XD
     
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    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    no mistake, haha :) by that i meant "i agree with you 100%".

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    I edited your post, sorry I haven't seen your comment until today. Let me explain why. The initial post contained inappropriate language and the term was removed. I did not see some sort of racist connection hence your comment was left intact with the expletive removed.

    Here are the forum rules:

    Foul language isn't necessary to discuss notebooks and help people, so it won't be tolerated. Any attempt to bypass the profanity filters will result in an infraction against the user and that post being edited or removed. Using asterisks or any other symbol to disguise bad language is considered bypassing the filter.

    I am always open to PM if you have any other questions.


    On a more on topic note, I think it was just a matter of time before this happened. It's always been a big deal when buying used or even "new" drives from less than trustworthy stores. I've purchased "new" 4TB drives from a 3rd party on Newegg that had their smart data cleared. I knew they would be server pulls beforehand so it didn't bother me. I really think the SM961 is a great drive and most of the time it's probably fine since most people don't write enough data to the drives to have the lifespan affected. The problem is you have no idea what the usage was on them. Thankfully SSD prices are dropping like mad. I picked up an Inland Premium from Microcenter for $115 the other day and I have no complaints about that.
     
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    Justification accepted ;) Always prefer to know who im dealing with and what its all about instead of just being confronted with an anonymous post edit.

    Currently looking at used 4TB ssds for sale from reputable sellers and from what i can discern the prices and seller reps are too good to just pass up and ignore. in any case, ill need some more time to cough up the necessary funds so plenty opportunity to keep an eye on developments...

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    Okay, some clarifications and updates:

    1. As for SM961, there's no way to see decisive evidence as of now (05/2019). Unlike SATA drives there's no B1 bug.
    2. There has been cases of conflicting SN date/ manufactured date or SN on sticker/SN as displayed in CDI. Which can be used as indirect evidence.
    3. No mark on connecting finger does NOT imply being new! Also if the drive is removed from new system there could be marks on connecting finger
    4. sm963 is also not safe (surprising I haven't seen any of these on feebay)


    Some unconfirmed, (I've seen information but don't have confidence about the reliability, and I think these are not very likely to be accurate):
    1. the SMART tampering is done through a bug in the firmware, kinda like when you secure erase the 8MB intel SSD 320 and the SMART is cleared at the same time
    2. B1 can be cleared on some SATA drives?
    3. There are rumors that the batch of sm961 is from Samsung/OEM inventory.


    A few more videos, if you can understand Chinese
    https://www.bilibili.com/video/av51071477
    https://www.bilibili.com/video/av51573180
     
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  9. ChrisRam

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    Posts like this also hurt good sellers. MyDigital Discount has a number of sealed cases and is blowing the drives out to clear inventory. The pricing is really low for MLC SSDs. The value is pretty much unmatched at this time.

    I wrote the first SM961 review at Tom's Hardware in 2016 right when the series started shipping in OEM systems and I will have a review on TweakTown in a few days of a low cost VROC array using SM961s. There are only a few NVMe drives on the supported VROC list and this is one of them.
     
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    Per request from seller.
    The SM961 I received from seller b_n_b was manufactured around 2018 week 40 and contains no conflicting informations found on label, controller, cache and NAND chips.

    Though I cannot promise about the exact condition. All I can say is that for a drive manufactured in 1840 it's very unlikely to have been writte a few hundred TBs of data. And I am NOT implying that the drive I receive is tampered or not. And I CANNOT promise anything regarding the future stocks of any seller.

    The Generic version of SM961 ceased production in around March last year while the HP SM961s continued to around October.

    I have updtaed this info in the front page of this thread and will update with more information, hopefully ASAP.
     
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