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  1.    01 Nov 2014 #1

    SSD Failure


    Last year I replaced an aging hard drive in my Mum's pc with a slightly less aging OCZ Vertex 2 SSD.

    This morning she was using the pc just fine then left it until this evening when it suddenly would not boot and reported sata drive failure.

    Perhaps I shouldn't be too disappointed considering it was last generation technology.

    What should be my first steps in diagnosing this fault? If the drive has failed I may as well suggest it be replaced with a more modern one which I'm sure has better longevity. I have an external drive reader which can take any sata device. This should allow me to see if the data is accessible.

    In my own rig I have a Samsung 840 EVO 250 which has served me well so I may suggest she gets the same unless you guys have alternative suggestions.
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  2.    01 Nov 2014 #2
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Toronto
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    So what kind of help do you need? Recovering files? or which SSD to get?

    If you are asking about SSD Samsung or Intel would be a much better choice.
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  3.    01 Nov 2014 #3
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    Carencro, LA 70520
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    Mint 18.3

    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    Last year I replaced an aging hard drive in my Mum's pc with a slightly less aging OCZ Vertex 2 SSD.

    This morning she was using the pc just fine then left it until this evening when it suddenly would not boot and reported sata drive failure.

    Perhaps I shouldn't be too disappointed considering it was last generation technology.

    What should be my first steps in diagnosing this fault? If the drive has failed I may as well suggest it be replaced with a more modern one which I'm sure has better longevity. I have an external drive reader which can take any sata device. This should allow me to see if the data is accessible.

    In my own rig I have a Samsung 840 EVO 250 which has served me well so I may suggest she gets the same unless you guys have alternative suggestions.
    Your SSD failed could be any number of things first I would re seat all cables on the drive. Second substitute another drive in the system and see if it shows up in BIOS or try the original drive in a another machine and see if the system can see the drive. The sata controller could also be bad on the mother board in that case no drive will work.
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  4.    02 Nov 2014 #4

    I took the ssd out this morning and put it in my external hdd reader and the device appeared on my pc and I could access the files. So to me it sounds like the motherboard or the controller on the motherboard has gone.
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  5.    02 Nov 2014 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    I took the ssd out this morning and put it in my external hdd reader and the device appeared on my pc and I could access the files. So to me it sounds like the motherboard or the controller on the motherboard has gone.
    Yep it does sound like the sata controller on the mother board is gone.
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  6.    02 Nov 2014 #6

    I see Amazon do still stock a couple of lga775 motherboards at least I'm assuming thats what is in the case otherwise they are quite hard to find these days.
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  7.    02 Nov 2014 #7
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    Make sure you do not have a cable problem first.
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  8.    02 Nov 2014 #8

    Good point so try another sata cable I guess.
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  9.    02 Nov 2014 #9
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    Yep and a different power cable if there is one in the case.
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  10.    03 Nov 2014 #10

    We took the pc to a local repair place and they found for some really odd reason that the boot order of the drives had changed. So they corrected that and it works fine again.

    I do wonder if this is the first sign of the computer getting old and should start thinking about a replacement before too long.
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