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Recently my computer broke down after my dad was switching the breakers on and off in the house trying to get the stove to work. During this, my computer flickered off and on, eventually shutting down.

When I tried to reboot the computer, I only got a blinking white underscore. I went to this BIOS, and I found my HDD (WD Caviar Black) and my optical drive, but not the SSD I boot from which is a 512GB Crucial M4. I switched out the data cable, tried reseating the RAM, and pressed the reset CMOS button (not sure what that does, but saw that as advice on a forum). I have an ASUS P9X79 PRO mobo just for your information.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my SSD back working? I'm not sure if its just broken now, as I don't have another computer I can test on. Also, I would really hate to have to send it in since it would most likely be replaced, and lots of my data will be gone (I know I should back up).


Thanks
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Recently my computer broke down after my dad was switching the breakers on and off in the house trying to get the stove to work. During this, my computer flickered off and on, eventually shutting down.

When I tried to reboot the computer, I only got a blinking white underscore. I went to this BIOS, and I found my HDD (WD Caviar Black) and my optical drive, but not the SSD I boot from which is a 512GB Crucial M4. I switched out the data cable, tried reseating the RAM, and pressed the reset CMOS button (not sure what that does, but saw that as advice on a forum). I have an ASUS P9X79 PRO mobo just for your information.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my SSD back working? I'm not sure if its just broken now, as I don't have another computer I can test on. Also, I would really hate to have to send it in since it would most likely be replaced, and lots of my data will be gone (I know I should back up).


Thanks

...one thing you can try (depending where your Operating System is located) is to try to boot without the SSD and see if that works (if your OS was on the SSD, put in the Windows CD / DVD and boot from that)...THEN shut down and re-connect your SSD, but with its Sata cable on another Sata mobo connector and see if it gets recognized...
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Originally Posted by Sooruj View Post

Recently my computer broke down after my dad was switching the breakers on and off in the house trying to get the stove to work. During this, my computer flickered off and on, eventually shutting down.

When I tried to reboot the computer, I only got a blinking white underscore. I went to this BIOS, and I found my HDD (WD Caviar Black) and my optical drive, but not the SSD I boot from which is a 512GB Crucial M4. I switched out the data cable, tried reseating the RAM, and pressed the reset CMOS button (not sure what that does, but saw that as advice on a forum). I have an ASUS P9X79 PRO mobo just for your information.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my SSD back working? I'm not sure if its just broken now, as I don't have another computer I can test on. Also, I would really hate to have to send it in since it would most likely be replaced, and lots of my data will be gone (I know I should back up).


Thanks

the best way to figure this out is to have a friend with pc, get your ssd and slpa on a friend pc and see if windows can read it, if not you just got a dead ssd.

in the first place you never let you dad play with re wiring things special when it come to 220v or 110v without experience. he may short your PSU.
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TAke out your Western digital and plug in your ssd to that same sata cable and port. Likely won't make a difference, but hey don't leave any stones unturned!
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post #5 of 9
Try to also switch the cable/connector for power coming from the PSU, not just the data cable.

Try a different SATA port on the board, one that you know works because of the HDD or optical drive working on that port.

That thing you looked at in the BIOS, was that a list of all SATA ports and what's connected to them, or was it a list of things to boot from? If it's missing from the SATA port, that seems bad, as if the drive is broken. If it's just a list of where to boot from, that might not be that bad.

If it's detected on the SATA port, but not available in the list of drives to boot from, go and boot with the Windows installation disc. I don't remember what to do, where to click, but there's various ways the installation disc can help you. You can get the graphical disk management tool started, the same one available in Windows, and see if the drive shows up. At this point, you can reformat and install a new Windows. There's also tools to try to repair an existing Windows installation. You can get to the command line and Google what the commands are to fix the boot sector and boot loader on the drive (Google "fixmbr" or "fixboot" or something).

If you go and boot from the Windows installation disc, I'd disconnect the HDD, only leave the SSD connected. That way the Windows installation can't do anything to the HDD.
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Originally Posted by skyn3t View Post

the best way to figure this out is to have a friend with pc, get your ssd and slpa on a friend pc and see if windows can read it, if not you just got a dead ssd.

in the first place you never let you dad play with re wiring things special when it come to 220v or 110v without experience. he may short your PSU.

Haha he's an electrical engineer, so he's definitely not without experience. Whats the slpa?
post #7 of 9
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I will try changing the power cable, as I have already switched out ports for the SATA cable. It doesn't even show up under the SATA devices. I'll also try the OS boot, but I'm quite sceptical of it working. I don't even understand why it would if all my OS data was on the SSD. Can anyone answer that question before I spend another half hour tinkering with the computer?

Thanks
post #8 of 9
If the drive does not show up in the BIOS under SATA devices, you don't need to try to boot with the Windows installation disc. It won't see the SSD if the BIOS doesn't see it.
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Ok thanks. I guess I'll just contact Crucial and try to get an RMA. I hate having to set everything back up though frown.gif
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