This SSD which is the last OCZ model I had left has finally started giving issues. When I replaced my main desktop PC a year ago, I put this Agility 3 SSD in the former PC, which since has had very light use, e.g. streaming video while walking on a treadmill. It had nothing more than a basic Windows 10 installation, so no data to lose.
When I powered it up this morning, it hung at the blue Windows 10 logo. When I rebooted, it then hung just after finishing the POST. When I tried booting a Windows 10 USB stick, it also could not boot, again hanging at the blue Windows logo. At first I thought it may be a RAM or Graphics card issue, until I tried booting a live Linux USB stick.
One thing I miss back in the MS-DOS / Windows NT days which Linux still has is all the info text that appears during boot. Sure enough, Linux displayed many errors about /dev/sdb during boot and made it to the GUI. Indeed GParted also could not access the drive:
As with any other hard drive failure, I generally disconnect and reconnect the cables. In this case I also took the SSD out and turned on the computer. This time it booted straight into Windows 10. To be on the safe side and make it easier to reload Windows 10 back on if the drive totally fails, I thought I’ll try making a backup. However, by the time I attached a USB HDD, the OS crashed out and again kept getting stuck after POST.
For curiosity, I decided to disconnect the SSD, tap it a few times and hook it back up. Well, this time the SSD did not show up in the BIOS and then asked to insert a boot disk. I tried tapping the SSD again and it showed up in the BIOS, but hung again after the POST. Finally, I tried tapping the SSD a little harder and the PC fully booted into Windows 10.
I made another attempt at backing up to an external HDD and it went successful. The PC is still running at the moment, going through Windows updates, although who knows how long for.
Just a pity a never thought of tapping any of my previous SSDs that failed before RMAing them. This possibly means they may have failed from dried solder joints, especially since the SSDs were working one day and dead the following day. Indeed, bad solder joints mainly present an issue after a device has cooled down.