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16 month old X25-M on the gallows. Any hope?

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So my Intel X25-M G2 80gig drive that I've been using as my OS (Vista then 7 at release) drive since August '09 just started acting up today. The other drive just has steam games on it, no issues. The system is always on and it's always been run through a UPS. System froze up on me this evening and on restarting it only operates for a couple minutes. I put it in another PC running windows 2008 server R2 and chkdsk won't even get past about 20% without freezing and then you can't access the drive anymore until a restart. Intel SSD toolbox won't work in R2 under any compatibility mode or anything so I don't really have access to that.

I was just curious, what kinds of things would cause critical failure in an SSD like this? I did some of the basic SSD optimization 'tweaks' to try and limit write/erase operations as much as possible, but I know an OS drive takes a lot more abuse.

What programs should I try to run on the drive before attempting to install on it again? I'm thinking the drive is most likely hopeless at this point since I can't really even get diagnostic software to make it through a scan. I guess I could install the OS on my other G2 but I don't want to brick that one too.

Thanks

Also, worth pursuing warranty on this (it was OEM from newegg)?
Edited by LunchboxDDS - 1/1/11 at 11:51pm
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post #2 of 11
Of course its worth pursuing warranty. Im sure it has at least 3 years warranty, does it not? Just send it for a replacement. Too expensive of an investment to just call it a lost cause. Also try running hdderase on it. There could be something on there thats causing problems.
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if warranty is expired, you could try a secure erase?
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Maybe this sounds dumb but.. bake it?

Some good success stories from baking, I've never heard someone do it too an SSD before.
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Maybe this sounds dumb but.. bake it?

Some good success stories from baking, I've never heard someone do it too an SSD before.
LOL bake it!!!! Man just RMA the thing. If it still has warranty and if what you say is true after just 16 months you must still have warranty so just RMA it. I know its an inconvenience but **** happens. I had to RMA my power supply now that's inconvenient. I haven't had a desktop for 2 weeks.
Edited by Bigspender - 1/2/11 at 11:44am
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Maybe this sounds dumb but.. bake it?

Some good success stories from baking, I've never heard someone do it too an SSD before.

SSDs don't generate enough heat to crack the solder balls through thermal wear.
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Reinstalled windows on my other drive. Under SMART attributes, "B8- End to End Detection Count" is in red for the original drive. Is this RMA worthy?
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16 months? Wow... that's kinda disheartening.
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Now I'm getting "your drive is failing" errors in windows 7, guess that settles that. I'll contact Intel tomorrow during business hours and see how their RMA process goes (or doesn't!).
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Originally Posted by LunchboxDDS View Post
Now I'm getting "your drive is failing" errors in windows 7, guess that settles that. I'll contact Intel tomorrow during business hours and see how their RMA process goes (or doesn't!).
I've RMA'd three Intel 80 G2s.

Get the advance RMA for 25.00 and you may get it the next day....I did on all three on mine.
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