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SSD boot drive cannot be found after using external RAID, can the controller get confused

My computer is dead please help :( I Built this PC 2 years and 4 months ago. This is my first problem with an SSD and I'm worried I've lost all my data. I bought 2 new WD - My Book Duo 8TB External USB HDs. I had one plugged up when i started the PC, I had never used RAID anything and I was curious if these HDs were plug and play so I unplugged one and plugged the other up. It threw an error message at me (I dont remember it, at the time it seemed like I just wouldnt be plug them up after I turned the PC on). I tried finding the drive with the WD utility and it couldnt find it. I went away from the PC from about 6 hours and when I got back I was at a black screen with a sentence or two about needing a primary boot drive. I restarted and the drive doesnt show up in bios. I tried different cables and that did not solve the problem.

Is there any chance the new external HDs were related or was it just coincidental timing? Should I give up on it? If I buy an external enclosure is there any chance I can hook it up to my laptop and recover any of my files (no I don't have most of it backed up, it broke the day after I bought the external HDs to back everything up.... talk about irony).

Thanks in advance for any help. Oh, the drive in question is a OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB
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  1. The SSD got your OS on it?

    Reset bios and just attach the SSD and make it the first priority boot drive.
  2. yes it does, it is the boot drive. I have 3 other HDs in the computer. In bios under a option only 2 were detectible and in a different location in bios 3 were detectible. Neither of those drop downs displayed the SSD though.

    EDIT: I'll google how to reset bios, thanks for the advice. I'll let you know if it works!
  3. F2 into bios. Then look around. It varies with each bios.
  4. Its a Asus rampage iv extreme mobo. I couldnt find it in bios but there is a clear cmos button on the back. I pressed it. The drive still does not show up. Just to simplify things I disconnected everything except the bluray drive and the boot SSD. In the SATA menu it showed the blueray drive and 5 blank slots. I think I feel a tiny bit of warmth coming off the SSD though. any ideas?
  5. Try the SSD in another SSD PC - but not as boot drive.
  6. Lets take this from the top, shall we ? :)

    Please specify your systems specs(the system in which your SSD was residing in).

    * This is the culprit drive and here is just one account of many. To be honest the OCZ SSD's of that era were horrendous and were what drove that brand to the ground(or perhaps under that even). If you didn't know OCZ was later bought out by Toshiba and they have made quite a mark in the industry with highly reliable SSD's. The drive you have is EOL which is short for End of Line/Life.
  7. Lutfij said:
    Lets take this from the top, shall we ? :)

    Please specify your systems specs(the system in which your SSD was residing in).

    * This is the culprit drive and here is just one account of many. To be honest the OCZ SSD's of that era were horrendous and were what drove that brand to the ground(or perhaps under that even). If you didn't know OCZ was later bought out by Toshiba and they have made quite a mark in the industry with highly reliable SSD's. The drive you have is EOL which is short for End of Line/Life.


    Wow, at the time it had great reviews, of course that was entirely based on performance and not longevity. So you think the timing of this problem happening when I got an external raid is probably conincidental?

    Here is the rest of the system:
    Win7 Pro
    i7-3930K
    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 (it looks like the reviews for this have went down a lot too)
    EVGA 04G-P4-3687-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW+
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB)
    some old HDs for storage
    The day before I added TWO WD 8TB My Book Duo External RAID Storage

    Since my last post I purchased an external enclosure to connect the drive to my other computer via usb3. It is a windows 7 machine as well. The usual popup about installing drivers happend and it said "successful" but then the drive did not show up under "computer". I had a drive die about 10 years ago and I had to run several programs and waste a lot of time but I recovered about 80% of data. From what I'm reading about SSDs I dont even know if there is anything to try. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Kingston had the same go for them with their V series of SSD's and when users complained about why they saw nothing compared to what reviewers were showing on their benchmarks it was revealed that the company sent out cherry picked units to reviewers.

    To be clear the data on your SSD's is gone(as its not found in BIOS) as well as your My Book Duo?

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    So you think the timing of this problem happening when I got an external raid is probably conincidental?
    I would yes but if the SSD shows up on another system with SATA3 ports then I would be proven wrong and we will be lead to believe the SATA ports have malfunctioned(long shot but possible).

    Have you tried connecting the SSD onto a machine in your house or your buddy's that had a spare SATA port? You don't necessarily need to connect it to the first port - just connect it to any port and see if its detected by BIOS and you can then see it under My Computer.
  9. I just tried, it didnt show up. So its all gone :( 100% of it :(
  10. Its gone, I'm afraid :(

    R.I.P though what you take from this event is always backup your important/critical data. I've had clients come to me to learn that they lost their life's work = portfolio/accolades/memories/digital certificates/references/some emails deleted off inbox but saved on their drive and I've always said one thing to them
    Quote:
    remember, the company gives you a warranty on the (storage)device and not the data you stored on it
  11. See http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-benchmark,3269.html for a replacement.

    I recently got a 250gb samsung evo. But for an OS drive. And so far, so good.
  12. Thanks for all the help. When I install the new SSD what SATA mode should I chose? I chose AHCI last time but I see raid is an option. I'm sure I'll never raid drives inside the PC but I have no idea if those 2 external drives would benefit from me chosing raid here.
  13. You should always use AHCI.
  14. The My book that you own has an onboard raid controller that allows you to have two drives within the enclosure and you can either have it run on Raid 1 or 0. No need to go into details but the RAID on your mobo has no relation to the My Book even when you connect it to the back or front of your case.
  15. Thank you for selecting my post as the Best Answer to this thread but I think you solved the issue yourself... :)
  16. I got a new ssd and installed it. I tried the dead drive again hooked up to the usb again. It gets listed in wine drive management but to the right where it usually shows the size of the volume there is nothing. Is there any utility I can run on like this?
  17. http://superuser.com/a/654777

    Though we're looking at a faulty controller which is stopping you from moving further with the SSD. Otherwise it'd have been working on your main rig by now albeit with no OS showing up within BIOS.
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