A solid-state drive (SSD) is always a great investment. SSDs are fast, reliable, and use less power. This makes them a force to reckon.
As with every electronic device, though, you may run into a problem or two every now and then with your SSD. The biggest (and scary) problem is your SSD not working suddenly. When this happens, it is panic city all over because you have probably lost all your precious data. We would say, though, that it is too soon to worry. Maybe all is not lost yet, and your SSD is just not connected well or needs an update.
Is My SSD Dead?
In this article, we shall quickly run you through a few different things to do before concluding that your SSD is indeed dead.
Disconnect and Reconnect
- Unplug the SATA but let the power cable stay.
- Go to BIOS once you turn the computer on.
- Leave the computer alone for a few minutes (half hour) and turn it off.
- Reconnect the SATA and restart to enter BIOS again.
- Here, check if everything is fine and then launch Windows.
If your computer is able to read your SSD now, everything is fine. Congratulations! If the problem isn’t solved, read on.
Update The Drivers
- Go to Device Manager after plugging in your SSD.
- Choose your SSD drive and right-click on it. Select Update Drive.
- Restart your PC after the update.
Did it work? No? Keep reading.
Update the Firmware
- Again, go to Device Manager and expand Disk Drives.
- Choose your SSD and right-click to go to its Properties.
- Select Details and Hardware IDs.
- Use a firmware update tool to find out if you need to update. If yes, go for it.
- Follow the instructions and after the process, check to see if your SSD is working.
Check for corruption
If there are corrupted files on your device, your computer will warn you. You can delete these files by running CMD command.
How to tell if the SSD is dead?
If none of the above is working for you, then it is mostly dead. We are sorry, but that’s just how it is! To avoid such surprises again, let’s close this article by looking at a few warning signs that our device gives us (which we usually ignore):
- Errors about bad blocks
- Read-only SSD
- Errors in reading or writing files
- Error messages that prompt system repair
- PC frequently crashing during boot
We hope this guide helps you use your SSD well and troubleshoot when it stops working. If it is dead, you have no option but to get another one but we really hope it doesn’t come to that. All the best!