Shouldn’t SSD be more reliable than the traditional HDDs as it has less movable parts. That doesn’t seem to be the case to me as my Intel X25-M has just died for no reason.

First it was 2 random BSOD during my review writing and my work were not saved! The third time, the system rebooted on its own and the worst thing that happened is the message “No boot device”.

Luckily the PC is able to detect the SSD device in BIOS. So I took the SSD to another PC and plug it into the SATA port. I went into Windows XP and checked. The 4 partitions of 20GB each are all gone, it has become a single 80GB partition.

Knowing that, I took out Arconis Disk Director 10, trying to recover the lost partitions. The scan took a while and couldn’t find any partitions.

I took a rest and shut down the system and that is probably the biggest mistake. After I am back and started up the machine, the BIOS seems to hung on and refuse to boot my Win XP from the HDD. It seems to be unable to detect the presense of the SSD.

1 minute passed and it bypassed and went into WIn XP. Gosh, the SSD is nowhere to be seen in MMC (disk management). The SSD has totally missing in action. All my 80GB of OS and DATA are just gone like that without  a proper back up !

The irony is that all my 3 old 80GB HDDs are still functioning well after 3 to 5 yrs without any issues. I doubt I would want high speed with data loss in the end. SSD is probably not for me but for non data critical OS and system files where you can replace.

I wonder if anyone is capable of retriving the data inside or any tools you know, please let me know.



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  2. I face the same problem. I installed windows 7 to my laptop.
    The system run well for some days. One day, windows just hang there, I could not do anything but to restart the machine and the same issue come back:
    my laptop report that “no boot device” “plaese insert the media boot agent and press a button”.
    Then I have to re-install win 7, it is very strange that everytime win 7 detect my 160gb gen 2 intel SSD as a blank drive as if it is used the first time.
    All data, partitions have gone !!!
    This happened to me more than 10 times. I still do not know if the reason is from windows or the SSD. I dare not to keep any data in the SSD until now.
    SSD is reliable ?
    NO !

  3. One dead disk and you deem SSD technology as not reliable ?? Are you for real ?

    1. It is been in used as the primary data disk. Of course it is unrealiable as compared to traditional HDD that has been in use for 4-5 yrs.

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