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Old 06-03-2018, 5:58 AM
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Default How do you know if your SSD is breaking down?

Lately when I startup my Windows PC my primary solid state hard drive will not be recognized in the BIOS thus won't boot up the computer. Going to the BIOS, I check the setting for my boot priority and select my SSD back as the primary boot source. After that, the PC is back to normal.

Recently, it's done this "forgetting booting process" about three times now and not always right after powering down for the day. My PC is left plugged in too.

Last night, it forgot again. But this time, my SSD wasn't listed in the boot priority settings. I had to go back the the hard drive setting to find.

So, I'm going to replace the lithium backup battery on the motherboard to see if this is why my PC keeps loosing the boot startup settings.

Just wondering if it could be a sign that my SSD is going south soon.

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Old 06-03-2018, 6:04 AM
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Since it is intermittent, I'd be looking for a loose connection, bad cable or thermal issue. The battery would affect more than the boot sequence, such as the day and time and other bios settings.

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Old 06-03-2018, 1:02 PM
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Micron/crucial 500 hour bug?
Make?

Unless on a UPS, power issues caused a bunch of problems.

The new type of BIOS, called UEFI FIRMWARE can auto change the boot sequence, especially on 1st-gen boards with mixed SATA 1, 2, AND 3 with a secondary BIOS on the higher end of those. My son had this issue every change to even higher numbered ports.

Do your SATA CABLES HAVE LATCHING CLIPS, or are they loose?
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Old 06-03-2018, 1:16 PM
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Prebuilt or homebuilt? What model is your motherboard?

I had an issue recently where the drives weren't detected, needed to disable "general optimizations" in uefi, worked properly afterwards.

I doubt it's a cmos battery problem if you're connected to mains. Those batteries last a very long time.

When an SSD is goes bad, it's out of replacement blocks and data becomes read only, or the controller dies and the drive doesn't work. Basically.

There are a couple good utilities for checking ssd statistics, what make/model is your drive?
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:01 AM
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At my workplace we use Crystaldiskmark, it's free open source hard drive diagnosis.

If it runs and displays any exclamation points, your storage drive is busted.

Run Crystaldiskmark at least 4 times, each time completley shutting off, and re powering on your laptop/pc system.
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Old 06-07-2018, 3:08 AM
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You can check S.M.A.R.T. data from the drive... easily.
Defraggler (Don't defrag SSDs, as you waste writes, and about everything reads the same speed regardless of location, but it will query and show S.M.A.R.T. attributes) will let you see the smart data and give you a HEALTH summary ( http://www.ccleaner.com/defraggler/download?upgrade ) :


Diskovery ( https://diskovery.io/ ):


Additionally, the MFR might have software that you can use to give you the life left?


Maybe this will help diag. the issue?
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Old 06-13-2018, 2:20 PM
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I had a sandisk 480gb SSD "plus" drive die about 2 weeks ago arbitrarily. Only about 2 years of moderate office usage on it. Simply failed and won't be detected by bios or my USB dongle. BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP
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Old 06-13-2018, 2:31 PM
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I had a sandisk 480gb SSD "plus" drive die about 2 weeks ago arbitrarily. Only about 2 years of moderate office usage on it. Simply failed and won't be detected by bios or my USB dongle. BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP
this is why i mentioned reliability in that other thread (about SSD vs HDD).
i hope they are better these days...
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When in doubt, back it up and replace.
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My bet is on a dead CMOS battery and your BIOS config resetting every startup. Cheapest fix, so grab a new one.
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My bet is on a dead CMOS battery and your BIOS config resetting every startup. Cheapest fix, so grab a new one.

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Pull the power plug (when it's powered on, or hit the power button a few times after you pull the power cable out). If it works when powered back on, you might have a Micron/Crucial with a 5000 hour bug, or equiv.
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