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    Windows detected a drive failure

    System: Asus P5E-VM-HDMI, Win 7 Pro 64bit, Q6600, Coolermaster GeminiII, Corsair HX 620, Corsair P64 SSD, 2x HD501LJ Spinpoint T166, Asus 6850 DirectCu, 4x2GB Corsair TwinX XMS2

    Drive was bought back in Oct 2009; 64GB CMFSSD-64GBG2D 2.5inGen 2
    (out of warranty - 3 years)

    The error being reported by Windows at boot up seems kinda fatal...

    What can I check / do etc? or do I need to resign myself to the fate that I need to replace the SSD after <5 years?
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    Re: Windows detected a drive failure

    Er, what error is windows reporting?
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    Re: Windows detected a drive failure

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Er, what error is windows reporting?
    You know sometimes Windows is really helpful in these errors reports? Well, I haven't been able to check system logs yet, but I get this window popping up that says.... (are you ready for this?)

    Windows detected a hard drive failure
    and indicates that the SSD is the drive at fault. No other information is given.

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    Re: Windows detected a drive failure

    Download and run HD Tune, select the drive in question and click on health. Look for yellow/red marked lines.

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    Re: Windows detected a drive failure

    Quote Originally Posted by ajones View Post
    You know sometimes Windows is really helpful in these errors reports? Well, I haven't been able to check system logs yet, but I get this window popping up that says.... (are you ready for this?)



    and indicates that the SSD is the drive at fault. No other information is given.
    Ah, one of those helpful Windows messages!

    Summoner has suggested HD tune, which also allows you to look at the MART data.
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    Re: Windows detected a drive failure

    Odd.

    HD Tune is not reporting anything in the Health tab - it's blank. Running the Error Scan, returns with 0 bad blocks - everything green

    The Corsair SSD Toolbox does reveal the Smart parameters. SMART status is FAILED, but none of the SMART attributes are FAILED....

    SMART status ID Attribute Value Threshold Raw Value Worst Status
    INFO 09 Power On Hours 97 0 10502 97 N/A
    INFO 0C Power Cycle Count 96 0 3162 96 N/A
    INFO AF Unknown Attribute 100 10 N/A
    INFO B0 Unknown Attribute 100 10 N/A
    PASS B1 Unknown Attribute 17 17 OK
    PASS B2 Unknown Attribute 83 10 OK
    PASS B3 Unknown Attribute 97 10 OK
    PASS B4 Unknown Attribute 97 10 OK
    INFO B5 Unknown Attribute 100 10 N/A
    INFO B6 Unknown Attribute 100 10 N/A
    PASS B7 Unknown Attribute 100 10 N/A
    INFO BB Unknown Attribute 100 0 N/A
    INFO C3 Hardware ECC Recovered 200 0 0 200 N/A
    INFO C6 Offline Scan Uncorrectable Count 100 0 0 100 N/A
    INFO C7 UDMA CRC Error Rate 253 0 0 253 N/A
    PASS E8 Unknown Attribute 83 10 OK
    INFO E9 Unknown Attribute 36 0 N/A

    The only SMART attribute that looks dodgy, is B1 (count 17, threshold 17).

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    Re: Windows detected a drive failure

    Rather odd. May be the controller inside the SSD is failing. Have you tried connecting it to another computer (not to boot, just to read the SMART data)?

    I am assuming that you are using the SSD as a boot drive and that all your important files are on your 2 HDDs?

    To be on the save side I would recommend that you do a Windows system backup/create a startup disc. This will allow you to restore Windows/applications, as they currently are, to a new SSD, should the need arise.

    how to use Windows Backup and Restore

    I have had 2 SSDs fail on me in the past 3-4 years, a OCZ Vertex 2 and a Crucial M4. One stopped being detected and the other became incredibly slow at reading data.
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    Re: Windows detected a drive failure

    Am not too worried about the system failing to be honest. The new system I've built is ready to replace the problematic pc which will then get recycled. It more a case of having to muck about with the Windows license should I change the system disk.

    Bit disappointed that its not latest 5 years mind, but then I can get a bigger drive today for a fraction of the price I paid for the P64.

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