It turns out that a guest took one of the SSD prototypes during
OCZ's CES party, held in their hospitality
suite. The company had set up a few displays with
their products for guests to examine. However,
the company's staff noticed the drive was missing towards the
end of the party, but didn't make a fuss in order to avoid alarming
The drive was one of only a handful of prototypes and was
estimated to be worth over $1,000, making it a Felony Grand Theft.
The company had to make last-minute arrangements in order to retrieve
another drive that had been loaned to motherboard maker Gigabyte for
Fortunately, a member of the CES staff emailed OCZ this morning to
notify the company that the drive had been found in the CES Press
Room. A piece of paper with the name and email address of OCZ's U.S.
Marketing Manager was found, along with “Return review sample to
vendor” typed on it.
There really wasn't much that could've
been done with the drive except taking a few pictures. There aren't a
lot of SuperSpeed
USB 3.0 adapters around, so running benchmarks would've been very
OCZ is just glad that they'll be getting the drive
back, but this probably means that someone will have to guard their
products at parties in the future. Ouch!