Hey, electronics have a failure rate, you may just have been unlucky. Crucial make some of the most reliable SSDs along with Samsung and Intel.
I do wonder if somehow Windows was corrupted or the SSD actually died.
When you say X drive, that usually is the case whilst in the Windows Repair iirc. In Windows itself, the boot drive is always the C Drive.
Im dont follow your troubleshooting steps,
"I pulled a harddrive out and only drive left is a solid state drive and I receive a message that there is no boot manager "
You get this while trying to boot the SSD? If so could be corrupted... Or does Windows install to the SSD then gives you this on bootup? Maybe a BIOS setting related to UEFI boot?
"when I install the Platter hard drive I don't get the error message "
Maybe alienware have the boot partition located on the HDD? And is configured like this in the BIOS UEFI settings? Hence it boots the HDD which may point to the SSD.
You should do an RMA of the SSD if you definitely know its faulty though, Crucial are nice to deal with.
Thanks for your input.
As for the RMA -- Can't do it as i'd be essentially handing over my computer to an unaccountable source and quite possibly would steal my personal data and sell it to info-brokers.
I sort of wonder if the hard drive was locked remotely or had a built-in timing circuit in which it turns off the drive after a year's usage then you send it back to be replaced or repaired and they enter a unlock code and steal all your personal data -- sounds like something the NSA would do.
Yes I agree that I hadn't been to clear about the failure.
My laptop has 256gb ssd that runs the os and a 750gb for storage.
I just replaced the mSATA ssd and it now works fine.
you appear to be fairly knowledgeable about this stuff as with my limited information you're able to fully analyze the situation as I left some information out due to being stressed out over the whole event.
I do think its some kind of software glitch as I was able to view the files within the ssd while in safe-mode but it had quickly become worse and I could no longer enter safe-mode. Before I ordered my new ssd I ordered a mSATA to USB 3.0 adapter so that I can fully analyze the so-called dead ssd. With the adapter I can possibly totally erase the ssd and bring it back to life.
I may unintentionally erase the crucial ssd hidden files by erasing it through the USB 3.0 port but I'll just have to experiment to see if I can bring it back to life and if I do I'll have a real nice fairly expensive 265 gb thumb drive.