I just got my drive at the end of November 2012 (Thanksgiving / Black Friday sale). SanDisk Extreme 240GB.
I brought it home, updated the firmware, and started using it with Windows.
After some time, I went and then booted into Linux - I got a SMART error that said the drive may be failing, as SMART had recorded Reallocated Sectors.
When I booted back to Windows, I loaded the SanDisk SSD Toolbox, and sure enough it said I had 1 Retired Block already.
It lists the threshold for retired blocks as 3, and I already have 1. I went back to the store, but it was already past the 30 day exchange window. They told me to contact SanDisk if I think there’s an issue with it.
So, is this a BAD sign? Does SanDisk do RMAs for drives like this?
I mean, it seems to work fine, but a 1/3rd of allowed retired blocks have failed already in the first month of use.