Solved SSD Failing? (Error: Reboot and select proper Boot Device)

January 13, 2014 at 16:38:22
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, Core i7-2600K/16GB DDR3 SDRAM
Hello all,

I recently purchased a SSD about 7 months ago (Corsair Neutron Series 256GB - ZSSD-N256GB3-BK). When I got the SSD, I performed a fresh install of Windows 7 on the drive. I've had no problems with the drive until about 2 months ago. Since 2 months ago, when I turn the computer on I get the following error message right after POST: "Reboot and select a proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key." If I press Ctrl+ALT+Del to restart the computer, then it will boot up fine. This only happened every once in a while. However, in the past 2 weeks it has gotten worse, and I seem to get this error message every single time I turn the computer on. If I press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart the computer, it always boots up the second time around without any problems. But I am not sure why it will not boot the first time. I downloaded The Corsair Toolbox from the Corsair website which has a SMART test built into the tool. The results of the test are: OK.

Could my SSD be failing already? Are there any other tools designed to do extensive testing on SSD's? What do you think the problem could be and how should I proceed in troubleshooting this issue? Thanks in advance for all the help.

--Ryan

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January 16, 2014 at 15:11:07
Thanks for the reply's. Derek, from my understanding of SSD's and from everything I have read, it is bad to defrag SSD's. I have never once defragmented it. However, I did perform a TRIM on the SSD (kind of the equivalent of defragging for HDD's), and I also updated the firmware. Since I performed the TRIM and the firmware upgrade, I have not experienced these issues any more. However, I will continue to monitor it for a while. Thanks for the help guys.

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January 13, 2014 at 20:10:37
Looks like there isn't much in the way of testing utilities.

However, that drive does have a 5 year warranty. There is a support link on the page in my link below.

http://www.corsair.com/us/


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January 14, 2014 at 13:34:07
Presumably you have not been defragmenting it (bad for SSD's).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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January 14, 2014 at 17:42:46
You can try doing a Start Up Repair using your install DVD which will replace the boot partition so if there is an error in the boot files, it may fix it.
If it does not help, contact Corsair for support.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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January 16, 2014 at 15:11:07
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Thanks for the reply's. Derek, from my understanding of SSD's and from everything I have read, it is bad to defrag SSD's. I have never once defragmented it. However, I did perform a TRIM on the SSD (kind of the equivalent of defragging for HDD's), and I also updated the firmware. Since I performed the TRIM and the firmware upgrade, I have not experienced these issues any more. However, I will continue to monitor it for a while. Thanks for the help guys.

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January 16, 2014 at 16:50:22
OK, hope it works out and thanks for popping back to let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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