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My config:
i5 2500
Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Asus HD6900
16 GB CORSAIR Vengeance
Crucial SSD 60GB
and 2 x 1TB HDD in Raid 0

Everything has been working fine for a year or so on Windows 7. Since Wednesday the computer crashes every hour or so, with a blue screen. It reboots and doesn't see the SSD at startup (so doesn't boot). If I shut down properly and wait 10 secs I see it again, then it crashes again after one hour. CPU and MB temperature are normal.

I had installed Dragon Naturally Speaking and some Windows update earlier so I tried uninstalling. After having uninstalled nearly everything from my machine, I reinstalled the OS, this time Windows 8, on the same SSD after formatting it. After one hour or so, the opened softwares start to be in a Non Responding state one by one, and task manager stops responding too - without having shown anything abnormal. Then I need to manually force shut down as everything is frozen.

I'm about to go buy a new SSD, but I was wondering if anyone had a better idea...

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Do you have a second computer or a laptop? Then you can test the possibly broken SSD in that computer. If it also starts crashing after one hour you confirmed your problem. – Hennes Feb 15 '13 at 17:21
You mean to reinstall an OS on another machine with this same drive? Or can I try using the OS already installed without messing it up? But yeah I should certainly do that, good point – Nabab Feb 15 '13 at 17:25
Correct. E.g. remove the existing drive from a laptop (which will not be changed in any way). Replace it with the SSD, do a clean install and see if the laptop is stable. If not, write broken on the SSD and replace the original laptop drive. And where I write laptop you can ofcourse also use any other computer. – Hennes Feb 15 '13 at 17:29
I gonna try it now – Nabab Feb 15 '13 at 17:33
Aye. could be a whole lot of problems. But programs hanging one by one sound (ok, that is a fuzzy description but I do not have abetter one) as if something hangs on IO. Which can be the drive, the chipset, or even a bad cable. – Hennes Feb 15 '13 at 18:03

In case you still have this problem, try updating the firmware of your SSD. I had the exact same problems over the last few days (shutdown after 1 hour, unable to boot etc.) and the firmware-update solved everything. This is a known issue with Cruical SSDs.

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Download CrystalDiskInfo ( it will tell you by using SMART attributes if anything is wrong with your SSD. If so replace it.

Otherwise get Memtest86 ( auto-installer for USB key preferably and boot from it. Let it run one complete pass. If errors occur replace defective RAM modules.

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I'll sure do that next time – Nabab Feb 16 '13 at 0:30

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