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Windows 7: SSD Not Recognized After Power Outage

04 Sep 2015   #1
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
SSD Not Recognized After Power Outage

I always use a battery backup. The battery in my CyberPower 1200AVR died & before a new one arrived we had a power outage. Now my PC won't recognize my SSD which has my Windows 7 operating system on it. I need help desperately. THANKS!


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04 Sep 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Did you check BIOS to see if boot order has somehow changed? Or does it not even show in BIOS?

You could attach your SSD to another PC temporarily to see if it is recognized.
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04 Sep 2015   #3
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Did you check BIOS to see if boot order has somehow changed? Or does it not even show in BIOS?

You could attach your SSD to another PC temporarily to see if it is recognized.
It doesn't show in BIOS. The only other computer I have is this HP Envy Laptop. Any more suggestions?
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04 Sep 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Shutdown and unplug PC for a minute or two.
Load defaults in BIOS.
Try another SATA port.
Try another SATA cable.
Try it on a friend's PC (kindly ask IT department if you are working, etc.) and attach as a secondary.
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05 Sep 2015   #5
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Shutdown and unplug PC for a minute or two.
Load defaults in BIOS.
Try another SATA port.
Try another SATA cable.
Try it on a friend's PC (kindly ask IT department if you are working, etc.) and attach as a secondary.
I tried another SATA port, another SATA cable, & unplugging the power cable for 30 seconds then booting on for 20 min. (about 10 times!) & nothing worked. My Western Digital & CD/DVD Drives have SATA: in front of them in BIOS, which wasn't there before. Any suggestions for changes in BIOS that may help?

I called Samsung & the guy told me to return the SSD & they will send me a new one, since they have a 5-yr. warranty. When I told him what happened, he said something like, "SSD's do not have any type of protection for when the power goes off." Oh well, I had already figured that out the hard way!
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05 Sep 2015   #6
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Did you have Rapid Mode enabled prior to this? A power outage by itself does not warrant your situation. I had quite a few outages while using a Samsung SSD.
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05 Sep 2015   #7
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Did you have Rapid Mode enabled prior to this? A power outage by itself does not warrant your situation. I had quite a few outages while using a Samsung SSD.
Yes, I did have Rapid Mode enabled. Now that you mentioned it, I had noticed that it would sometimes show a problem with Rapid Mode & advise me to restart the computer and try enabling Rapid Mode again. I hope you have a solution as to how I can fix it. Thank you very much for responding to my post.
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05 Sep 2015   #8
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Googling "SSD power failure" shows plenty of info on drives that become wiped, damaged or bricked with sudden power loss.
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05 Sep 2015   #9
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Well, Rapid Mode gives a pseudo-performance (it uses RAM to cache data) and hence a power outage may cause data loss as cache can't be written to the disk. However, losing the entire disk is something else.

Did you check BIOS throughly? You could also try attaching it to another PC.
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05 Sep 2015   #10
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Well, Rapid Mode gives a pseudo-performance (it uses RAM to cache data) and hence a power outage may cause data loss as cache can't be written to the disk. However, losing the entire disk is something else.

Did you check BIOS throughly? You could also try attaching it to another PC.
I read on the net a how-to w/photos to change the SSD in my laptop & it looks fairly easy. Couldn't be harder than installing a new SSD & hard drive with very short cables and cramped room in my PC! I am gonna try it this evening after I read up on "SSD power failure" to see if it's worth the trouble.

My BIOS looks so different than it normally did. I wonder why it now puts SATA: in front of my DVD & Western Digital hard drive. Also, what am supposed to have enabled as far as IDE, ACHI, etc. ~ or is this important? Are there any other settings I could possibly change in BIOS for my SSD to be recognized, if it isn't fried?

The only way I can boot up my PC is with Hiren's Boot CD, but it doesn't recognize either hard drive. So far, it's been useless. It's likely I don't know exactly what to run to find my hard drives. Any suggestions with it?

Whenever I was seeking advice on what hard drives to buy to replace my old Seagate, I wish that the power loss failure probability for SSD's had been mentioned. If I had known, I could have borrowed a battery backup from my son until the new battery for my Cyber Power arrived. Live and learn, right? Especially with computers! LOL

Thanks again for all your time & help. It is greatly appreciated.
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