Heres my tuppence :
every ocz drive that i have been using for heavy database testing and heavy photoshop work has failed quickly. heavy mysql / xp2sp usage killed a ocz 30gb solid in < 2days. frequent photoshop image manipulation killed a ocz vertex 2 60gb < 1 month xp2sp. for drives that dont really do anything, that is ocz 30gb solid in networked epos terminals, over 12 months, out of 40 drives installed wepos cloned using norton ghost, 3 were DOA, 4 more failed < 12 months.
i would never trust important information to a SSD because when they fail, in general its instant with no warning, and complete and total loss of everything - use it just for installing OSs and apps - but put your data elsewhere.
as for aligning partitions, yes i agree that should increase lifespan of flash - but the failures we are seeing are not reduced diskspace / bad blocks as you would expect for accelerated wear out, we are almost always seeing 'not detected by bios' failures which indicates the controller is being fried - nothing to do with wearing out. so i dont buy the 'you need to align your partitions for xp' being bandied about as a reason for failure. nb. when i first started in the epos industry, there was a notorious brand of motherboard that would have its video interface fried just by plugging or unplugging the vga cable while it was powered up. i wonder if the ocz controllers are just as easily susceptible to that level of static damage ?