Bricked SSD?

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  1.    02 Mar 2016 #1

    Bricked SSD?


    I was having a problem where Windows 10 would not boot unless I had the USB boot stick in the computer (I could then take it out and windows would run fine). So, I attempted to do a re-install but this time using UEFI so I went into my motherboard and set it up and made anew USB boot stick. It booted into the installer but after its 1st attempt at a restart it got locked at the screen just past the dell boot up screen.

    I then tried to run the HDD with windows 10 installed on it (and its working) with the SSD hooked up with my motherboard back in legacy mode and I get the same problem.

    It seems no matter how I change the boot order, if the SSD is plugged in I am stuck in a blank screen. Even if I disable it as a boot device.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
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  2.    02 Mar 2016 #2

    Did your SSD come with software utilities? Boot the computer with the SATA data connector removed from the SSD (but leave power connected to it). Once Windows 10 is booted from the HDD and settled down, carefully plug the SATA connector into the SSD. Then run the SSD utility software and see if it will let you erase it to start over. Or, alternative, see if Windows disk management or MiniTool partition wizard will let you delete the partitions on the SSD to start over.
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  3.    02 Mar 2016 #3

    I tried to boot the computer and plug the SSD in but it didn't get recognized. I might give it one more shot by unplugging the dvd drive and using its cable. For some reason the 3rd sata socket is bigger and white where the others are small and white but the sata cable still plugs into it, but when everything was working the 3rd sata socket worked fine for the HDD
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  4.    02 Mar 2016 #4

    Another option would be to see if the SSD can be seen on another computer, maybe a friends? Or take it to a computer shop and have them check the SSD to make sure its ok. That way at least you will know if the SSD is ok, then you can trace down your problem to another area.
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  5.    02 Mar 2016 #5

    I just tried plugging it in via the DVD drives SATA cable and it did not pop up as an available drive nor is it visible in drive management. I don't think the SSD came with any software (if it was on disk it was erased when it was formatted). It is a Micron M500 which says it is hot plug/hot-remove capable. I can try it out on my other desktop but I don't know as to why it would show up on it. Micron Technology, Inc. - M500 2.5-Inch SATA NAND Flash SSD
    that has a lot of information on the drive, not sure if there is some software I should run or something? I am not seeing anything right off anyhow.

    Found this:

    Why did my SSD "disappear" from my system? - Crucial Community

    And I am trying it now. I will let it sit for 20 minutes and then bring it to my other desktop and give it a try.
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  7.    02 Mar 2016 #7

    Same concept, but hooking what I thought was my killed Samsung EVO up to the $15 USB3/SATA enclosure I had for the HDD I was replacing brought it totally back to life. I suspect just by the timing of things, the ("dead") SSD sat around for perhaps 2 hours or more before I tried putting it in the enclosure. It was immediately visible to the other laptop I hooked it up to. I took it back out of the enclosure, reinstalled it in the target laptop and never looked back.:)
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  8.    02 Mar 2016 #8

    Okay, I just did the process I posted and plugged it into my other desktop and it showed up as 4 gig DVD drive named the same thing as what I installed it with. I am in disk manager now. Not sure exactly what action to take. Any help would be greatly appreciated, hate to make a misstep when it seems im heading in somewhat of the correct direction.

    *edit* Some notes, its partition style says "Master Boot Record" and the Disk is listed as "CD-ROM 0" and Type: DVD

    Last edited by loveandhate; 02 Mar 2016 at 21:53.
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  9.    02 Mar 2016 #9

    From the screenshots posted, you have only 1 physical drive connected:
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    The second "drive", the DVD-ROM, is actually a mounted ISO file.
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  10.    03 Mar 2016 #10

    Yes, but that is not correct. I have the M500 running my main system (I bought 2) and the 2nd problem one that I hot swapped in is the trouble one that is being identified as a CD-ROM. I have only 2 SATA cables plugged in, 1 to my main drive and 1 to the dysfunctional drive. Both are M500s. No DVD, USB, or any other drive is plugged in.
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