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Both my computer and my wife's have the OS sitting on small SSDs. I had an intermittent problem where the SSD goes offline for no apparent reason. Finally I guessed (with help from some awesome members here) the issue lies with the Marvel SATA 3 port I was using. After I switched mine to a SATA 2, it appears to have fixed it. Now, it did not happen very often, but often enough to be annoying. Soon after I upgraded to windows 8 - so not sure which one cured my issue.
However, on my wife's comp, there does not appear to be sata 3 ports. Her's does not get knocked off whenever it feels like, but has about 50% chance of getting knocked off if we suddenly lose power. Then I have to do the entire power cycle non-sense to get the SSD backup. I am just trying to figure out what causes this. Do I need a firmware upgrade to the SSD? Can a firmware upgrade be done with OS already installed? Or do I have to clean - upgrade firmware and then install OS?
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How often do you have power outages? headscratch.gif

It sounds like if it's that often then some UPS units are in order..
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Not very often. But was more frequent this winter than ever before due to how harsh it was.
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SSDs are extremely fragile when it comes to power outages. (MUCH more so then platter disks).

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/169124-the-mysteriously-disappearing-drive-are-power-outages-killing-your-ssds

There's nothing really wrong with the SSDs in this aspect. Providing clean reliable power to them is a user responsibility. (and part of the cost of using more advanced technology like SSDs).

Consider getting a UPS unit.
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There are SSDs like Crucial M500/M550 that uses capacitors to protect the SSD in case of sudden power loss. Seldom mentioned.
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You should be using a UPS for much more than your SSD anyway, so its a no brainer really.
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