Before I even decided to make this public service announcement, I reached out to OCZ and asked what would happen to the warranty if uses took a file to their new Vertex 3 drives to make them fit their notebooks. This was really a tongue in cheek question to see if my rep knew anything about the issue. After hearing her response I started a Google search to see if anyone else had a similar issue and found a thread at the Lenovo Forums. The Lenovo thread talks about a thread on the OCZ Forums; I found this thread on OCZ's own forum. At the time of writing OCZ isn't offering a remedy to the issue and the thread is only two pages long.
The easiest solution would be for OCZ to allow end users to take some sandpaper and sand off a section of the drive. At this time your warranty will be void if you damage the Vertex 3 (possibly Agility 3 and Solid 3) if you sand down your drive. Hopefully OCZ will allow end users to do a sandpaper mod on their drives since it would be a quick and painless fix for most.
Obviously I can't recommend anyone do this since their warranty would be void, but we'll keep on OCZ and see how they plan to fix the issue. I am confident that OCZ will remedy the form factor issue in one form of another. This comes at a bad time though with other manufacturers rolling out SF-2281 products. The Vertex 3 still has my recommendation for the high performance SSD category, but notebook users will need to take some measurements before going down that path.
Look for updates on the OCZ Forums and I'll do my best to update this article when more information rolls in.
We've heard back today from OCZ Technology about the Lenovo Notebook / Vertex 3 issue.
A new housing is in place and will be shipping soon. At this time we don't have an ETA, but when one becomes available we'll update this article further. Anyone having the issue with their Lenovo or other notebook will be able to send their drive back to OCZ in exchange for a drive with the updated casing that will allow the drive to fit.
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