8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2011 12:10 AM by Sizter RSS

Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?

Shiek Community Member
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Hi,

 

I bought this SSD about 1 week ago and did nothing special with it. I installed Win7 x64 as OS, set ATA Password in the BIOS and switched from IDE to AHCI because Benchmarks were a little bit slow. I think I booted the whole system about 5 times. Now, after 3 days working with Vista on my HDD - I wanted to quickly look up something on the Internet. So I wanted to boot from the SSD - but Vista booted again... After checking everything, the situation right now looks like this:

 

- No S.M.A.R.T Data, just this in the serial number (behind the drive name): INTEL SSDSA2CW160G3 (BAD_CTX     00000166)

 

- The Intel Rapid Storage Tool reports drive status: Normal (haha )

 

deadssd.png

 

- Windows regocnizes the drive as unknown device: with 8 MB space

 

 

I am very disappointed that this had happen to me after a week. Is there any way to solve this problem?

 

 

/Shiek

 

My Laptop:

Asus R1E

South Bridge: Intel 82801HBM ICH8M

North Bridge: Intel Crestline-GM GM965

  • 1. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?
    mechbob Community Member
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    Did You Do the registry Hack before switching from IDE to AHCI ??

  • 2. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?
    Shiek Community Member
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    Sure. Everything went fine at this time.

     

    My Timeline:

    Day1: Installed Win7 x64 Pro (SP1 integrated) with IDE and benched a little bit - only 160 MB/s seq. read

    Day2: Activated the MSAHCI service via registry and switched to AHCI - benched again: 244 MB/s seq. read

    Day3: SSD worked fine + normal shutdown

    Day4-6: Just worked with Vista on my HDD (I got both in the laptop) and did not do anything with the SSD

    Day7: Tried to boot Win7 - no partition there to boot from

     

     

    I tried switching from AHCI back to IDE and vice versa - makes no difference. Disabled the ATA Password - no difference.

    The SSD shows either 8 MB ​​or the full 149 GB. I do not know what it depends. It changes from boot to boot.

     

    To exclude my laptop, I installed the drive in an Asus U30JC (South Bridge: Intel Ibex Peak-M HM55, North Bridge: Intel Ironlake-M IMC).

    It behaves just like it behaves in my other laptop. I checked the drive with Ubuntu booted from USB because can install only one drive.

    This is what I got:

     


    ubuntu@ubuntu:/proc$ sudo smartctl -i /dev/sda
    smartctl 5.40 2010-03-16 r3077 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] (local build)
    Copyright (C) 2002-10 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net
     
    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Device Model:     INTEL SSDSA2CW160G3
    Serial Number:    BAD_CTX     00000166
    Firmware Version: 4PC10302
    User Capacity:    160.041.885.696 bytes
    Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
    ATA Version is:   8
    ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
    Local Time is:    Sun Apr 24 10:40:04 2011 CEST
    SMART support is: Unavailable - device lacks SMART capability.
    A mandatory SMART command failed: exiting. To continue, add one or more '-T permissive' options.

     

     

    -> No SMART, no partition & strange Serial Number.

     

    I also tried to Secure Erase the drive, but did not managed to do it. I cannot click the run button in the Toolbox. (Yes - I have ejected and reinserted the drive with the Toolbox open and ready to click run)

     

    After that, I tried to install Win7 again - not possible. Neither with IDE nor AHCI.

     

     

    I really don't know what I should do more. If there is no solution in the next three days, I will bring the drive back to my retailer.

     

    It is maybe possible to reflash the firmware?

     

     

    /Shiek

  • 3. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?
    redux Community Member
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    A re-flash is not possible. Try a secure erase from DOS. 

  • 4. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?
    Shiek Community Member
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    Thanks for your reply redux.

     

    I spoke with Intel's support-hotline yesterday: I should exchange the drive at my retailer. What I have done yesterday. I hope I'll get the new drive next week.

     

    /Shiek

  • 5. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?
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    Had the same problem. SSD 320 120 Gig, bought it to installa new W7 offit. Shortly after install shows as 8 Meg (!!!)

    What worked for me was using autility called HDAT2; you prepare am ISO with that and boot off that. There's a number of choices. The one you need is removing the HPA, Host protected Area, and then set it back to factory default

    Now I see 120 G again and the tests run fine.

    BIOS also sees it fine.

    HAven't re installed W7 yet thiugh

  • 6. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?
    Goose Community Member
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    I just discovered this thread.

    Looks like you're experiencing the same problem mentioned in this post?

     

    http://communities.intel.com/thread/22227?tstart=0

  • 7. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?
    Shiek Community Member
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    Yes - I think so.

     

    My new SSD 320 160GB is still working. But I don't use the drive much, because I fear that it will go broke again.

     

    I hope Intel will release the new firmware soon...

     

    /Shiek

  • 8. Re: Intel SSD 320 160GB dead?
    Sizter Community Member
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    Goose schrieb:

     

    I just discovered this thread.

    Looks like you're experiencing the same problem mentioned in this post?

     

    http://communities.intel.com/thread/22227?tstart=0

    Thank you very much, useful forum thread! Cheers

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