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Ok, so a while ago, I bought a Corsair Force 120GB SATA3 SSD (refurbished). The system recognized it immediately after installation, and I clean installed Windows 7 onto it. It worked for maybe 2-3 weeks, and then at some point, when I turned my compy on, it would do nothing, just a black screen of death, so to speak. Over and over I tried restarting my compy to no avail. At some point, I was able to get into the bios menu/setup, and change the boot order to another HDD with windows installed. Now my SSD is no longer recognized in the system at all. Not in the bios, not in disk management, nothing. So... is my SSD dead after less than a month...? My hardware specs are the following:

M/B: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 (no idea which revision)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 Tri-core (unlocked) 3.2 GHz

RAM: 4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3

Let me know if any more info is needed. Thanks in advance.
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    erdreick said:
    Ok, so a while ago, I bought a Corsair Force 120GB SATA3 SSD (refurbished). The system recognized it immediately after installation, and I clean installed Windows 7 onto it. It worked for maybe 2-3 weeks, and then at some point, when I turned my compy on, it would do nothing, just a black screen of death, so to speak. Over and over I tried restarting my compy to no avail. At some point, I was able to get into the bios menu/setup, and change the boot order to another HDD with windows installed. Now my SSD is no longer recognized in the system at all. Not in the bios, not in disk management, nothing. So... is my SSD dead after less than a month...? My hardware specs are the following:

    M/B: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 (no idea which revision)

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 Tri-core (unlocked) 3.2 GHz

    RAM: 4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3

    Let me know if any more info is needed. Thanks in advance.


    I would try a secure erase of the SSD. if it isn't dead you may be able to hot swap it onto a SATA controller if you enable that in the bios for the ports used. There are multiple programs that will do a secure erase.

    And never buy any more refurbished storage devices, they can fail after the refurb period, and commonly do so.
  2. if your ssd is physically connected and wont show up try this:
    turn your pc on and go into bios.
    let it sit for 30 to 45 min without doing anything
    reboot
    go into bios again
    see if it shows up, if not, repeat , leaving it in bios for 30-45 min
    if on the third try, your ssd may be defective

    sometimes a blue screen or crash messes up a ssd power cycle
  3. Ok, so I used Parted Magic to try a secure erase, but the ssd didn't even show up on the list of hardware. Even trying all the different sata cables (i read somewhere that generic sata can cause the issue), and using all the different sata ports on the motherboard (keeping the compy shut down between every change, obviously) didn't change anything.

    That'll teach me to buy refurbished, i guess. Lesson learned. Any other ideas?

    BTW, I really appreciate the help. Thanks.
  4. Did you try a hot plug? You need to turn it on in the bios, usually by SATA port and I turn them all on. Then when the system is running plug in the power then the data connector which should already be attached to your motherboard SATA port. If nothing then it is dead.

    Also just for grins, contact Corsair and tell them that you bought a refurbished unit and just had a chance to hook it up since you were busy with work/school/whatever and ask if they could replace with another refurbished unit since it must have been bad since the day it arrived. Can't hurt to ask.
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