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SSD Boot Fail / BIOS Loop after PC Storage - Low Temp Failure?

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Hey all,

I just got my Thermaltake V1 ITX build out of storage, and to my surprise, the Silicon Power 120GB boot SSD was not recognized by the BIOS.

After warming the drive up in my pocket for a few minutes, I managed to get the SSD recognized on the boot menu. That's odd, I thought, but at least the SSD is alive and talking. So I selected the SSD and restarted. Nothing, just the BIOS menu again.

I cannot for the life of me get Windows to boot.

Here is the "sequence of events" after hitting the power switch :

1) Fan spinup and POST screen
2) Black screen, monitor upper left hand corner cursor blink
3) Quick cursor blip where you'd expect the upper left hand corner of the Windows Loading graphic
4) Another blink-blip sequence, sometimes two blink-blip cycles, before arriving at:
5) The BIOS control panel

Did the SSD get too cold on the FedEx shipping flight? It's the only thing I can think of, particularly as it was completely unrecognized until I warmed it up. However I've read that SSD's are good to well below freezing while operating, let alone in storage.

My build is pretty average,
ASUS Z97I-PLUS Wi-Fi ; i5 4460 3.2 GHz , RAM : 2 x 4 GB 1600 MHz GSkill , SSD : 2 x 120 GB , GPU : EVGA 960 GTX

At the moment I do not have another machine to plug the boot drive into. I'm posting from our trusty MacBook.

Any thoughts are appreciated. I was going to upgrade to Windows 10 anyway, so maybe I'll just get a bigger, better SSD and start fresh. But for the time being it would be nice to have a working PC.

In the mean time I've begun stripping the motherboard down, and will remove the CMOS battery, reassemble and see if anything magical happened.

Cheers

Zack
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Many factors could contribute to the death of this ssd, but shipping things unprotected, in freezing temperatures, and at high altitude probably violated at least one of the disk's handling requirements.

I've killed a networking card by putting it in the freezer; Electronics death by freezing is certainly possible especially in a humid environment.

I would recommend purchasing a simple SATA+power -> USB adapter to test this and future disks. It will be one of the best purchases you make.
Edited by compmaster - 2/3/16 at 11:00am
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Fair points compmaster, although I would wager many SSD's get overnighted or 2nd day-air shipped with data on them. The PC was extremely well packaged, with about 8" of foam all around it in a sturdy box. I will pick up the adapter you suggested to try to salvage the data later. At this time I think a new brand name SSD and fresh Windows install are where I'll have to start.
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