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I'm worried my SSD is failing. I store a few games and Windows 7 on it. Everything else is stored on my HDD.

As of late, my computer will bluescreen after about an hour or two of being powered up. Says something about a critical system file is missing. Then, upon restart, sometimes it seems to not detect my SSD when listing my hard drives, and in which case, would then proceed to tell me that no operating system is detected.

I'm not really sure how to diagnose this further (and safely, as I'm not sure how many public tools might screw up an SSD upon testing)

Can you guys help me diagnose it and save it?

EDIT: My SSD is 7 months old

Brand Name: Crucial
Model: CT128M4SSD2
Hard Disk Size: 120.0 GB
Hardware Platform: PC, Mac, Unix, Linux
Form Factor: 2.5-Inch
Hard Disk Interface: Serial ATA-600

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More information would be helpful. What model is it? How old is it? Etc. – user3463 Aug 29 '12 at 3:47
@RandolphWest added more details. Sorry about that. – Rob Aug 29 '12 at 3:55
Is there a way to monitor an SSD state and predict its failure in case of active read-write usage?. Mentioning bugcheck code in bluescreen also helps. IME BSOD during drive access is an early indicator of imminent SSD failure. Backup asap, if you don't have one yet. – Sathya Aug 29 '12 at 4:16
@Sathya, according to HD Tune, health status is OK – Rob Aug 29 '12 at 4:42
@Rob HD Tune said the same to me and it didn't end well ;) also use SSD Life – Sathya Aug 29 '12 at 5:06
up vote 21 down vote accepted

Crucial has addressed this issue with firmware updates.

It makes perfect sense that your Crucial m4 SSD has exceeded 5184 hours powered on, which is almost exactly 7 months.

Firmware version 0309 fixes the issue you are having:

Correct a condition where an incorrect response to a SMART counter will cause the m4 drive to become unresponsive after 5184 hours of Power-on time. The drive will recover after a power cycle, however, this failure will repeat once per hour after reaching this point. The condition will allow the end user to successfully update firmware, and poses no risk to user or system data stored on the drive.

Go here to download the new firmware and get instructions for updating.

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Wow! My SSD's work time is 5241 hours. Going to install this now. It sure seems like exactly what it is. I hope so. Will update you shortly. – Rob Aug 29 '12 at 14:02
By the way, I haven't forgotten about you, and I will be accepting your answer if it works. I just don't want to jump the gun and accept it only for the same thing to happen an hour later. So far, so good, though! Will accept it in an hour or two if all is still going well! – Rob Aug 29 '12 at 16:58
Everything still seems fine! Thanks, a lot! – Rob Aug 29 '12 at 18:11
that's a really strange error... O_O – Marcx Aug 30 '12 at 19:11

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