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First I want to say that i kmow there are a zillion forums addressing this issue across many communities. This event occurred after waking from a sleep state, which seems to be a common occurrence. One difference I see here is that I have the 0309 firmware installed, while most of the the others seem to be the newer ones.

I have tried the power cycling in many different amounts of time, I have tried hot plugging, I have tried booting with third party utilities and the device is failed to be recognized every time, not even once as a defective device. I have tried hooking it up to USB ports too, with no success. I have swapped cables and removed all peripherals. I have been messing around with Parted Magic as I have read that some have had good results with this, but not me. Is it safe to assume my drive is bricked at this point? I can't implement any actions from an OS point of view if the drive is never detected and unable to be communicated with.

If anyone had any final thoughts or suggestions I'd love to hear them. I'm not really interested in RMA and I already bought replacement. Would it be possible to swap controller from another working drive with this one? I can hear a slight hiss when powered up, and that's the only thing I hear. I create image backups regularly, sort of, but it's been a few months and I cannot access my recent projects.
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Have you tried testing ssd on another rig? On another thread,it was suggested that repeatedly plugging and unplugging the ssd until it was recognized solved the problem.
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You can't just swap a controller redface.gif

Here is the PCB layout:



The chip with the M on it is the controller.
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Have you tried testing ssd on another rig? On another thread,it was suggested that repeatedly plugging and unplugging the ssd until it was recognized solved the problem.

Yes, I have tried attaching it to a laptop with Windows and with Parted Magic. I have plugged it and unplugged it MANY times. I have hot plugged it and I have cold booted it with the device. None of the programs or the computers recongnize there is a device attached.
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You can't just swap a controller redface.gif

Here is the PCB layout:

The chip with the M on it is the controller.


I've never opened it; would have voided warranty. Looks like you would need to be an electrical engineer to to this. I find it hard to believe the controller just died, especially since it happened coming out of a sleep mode, but I'm sure it's possible. I had no idea sleep mode and the power interruption was so bad for SSD's. There is lots of info, tweaks, and do's and don'ts floating around, but I have never seen this. I do it every day; I'll never do it again.
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Quote:
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I've never opened it; would have voided warranty. Looks like you would need to be an electrical engineer to to this. I find it hard to believe the controller just died, especially since it happened coming out of a sleep mode, but I'm sure it's possible. I had no idea sleep mode and the power interruption was so bad for SSD's. There is lots of info, tweaks, and do's and don'ts floating around, but I have never seen this. I do it every day; I'll never do it again.


I have put my rig in sleep mode many many times and never had this problem, and both of ssds are healthy.
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Sleep mode doesn't kill SSDs.
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Lol, I don't wanna spread false information, this is simply anectodal, possibly coincidental. However, I have read lots of accounts where people's drives have crapped out at the moment it awoke from sleep. And I'm not just referring to these Crucial drives. Maybe I'll continue to use sleep; I like it. I'll just make sure any projects that are saved to my desktop also back up to another drive, just in case.

I thought SSD's were considered more reliable than HDD's. However it seems the failure rate is similar, maybe. Does anyone have any information on this?
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