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SSD will not boot, Windows 7 repair hangs

About a week ago, my computer let me know that there was a fault with my hard drive. I use two hard drives, an SSD that has the OS on it and a HDD for storage. The error message told me that it was the SSD that was going down.

Soon enough the computer would not boot. I entered the BIOS (I use an MSI B75MA-P45 motherboard) to see what's going on. My SSD did not appear in the graphical interface's boot priority list. However, when I checked the system status menu, the SSD was listed as one of the components connected to the motherboard. This led me to believe that the SSD itself was not broken, but had become corrupted.

I attempted to follow this site's guide, How to Fix Windows 7 When it Fails to Boot. I found my Windows 7 install CD and changed the boot order to boot from the optical drive. The first time I was able to get to the language selection screen, but neither my keyboard nor my mouse worked so I had to start over. Now, the system appears to hang on 'starting windows', and will go no further.

I would like to be able to try repairing the computer from the Windows 7 CD before I take it in to a local shop, and certainly I don't want to have to replace the SSD, though I'm not at all concerned with losing the data on it. I got what I wanted before it all went down and as far as I know the storage HDD is just fine. Any help is welcome.
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  1. Really looks like your SSD is dying. If you data is save on the HDD why do you not try re installing the OS on the SSD?
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    What model SSD? You could do a secure erase and see if it is broken or just corrupted. Then after secure erase try the Windows install with only the SSD attached.
  3. Plenty of guides like this http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20115106-285/how-to-securely-erase-an-ssd-drive/ and most likely from the manufacturer of your SSD as well.
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    Really looks like your SSD is dying. If you data is save on the HDD why do you not try re installing the OS on the SSD?


    That would disappoint me to learn because the SSD is only nine months old. Installing the OS on the HDD is definitely an option, if the SSD is dead and I don't feel like buying a new one.

    RealBeast said:
    What model SSD? You could do a secure erase and see if it is broken or just corrupted. Then after secure erase try the Windows install with only the SSD attached.


    It's a 128gb Crucial v4 2.5 inch. I will give that a shot after I run out and get a new USB.

    Quote:
    Plenty of guides like this http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20115106-285/how-to... and most likely from the manufacturer of your SSD as well.


    Thanks for the link.
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