No idea what that means.Sandforce based, I am guessing?
I had a second new never installed SSD and a week old back up, so I got that part dealt with.I've got no help for you but to put it in a machine that and install the Intel SSD toolkit and see if it gives you any other info. For the tool kit to work, it needs to be on a SATA connection, it won't work with a USB dock.
The controller technology on older Intel consumer drives was based on controllers from that company.No idea what that means.
I had a second new never installed SSD and a week old back up, so I got that part dealt with.
SSD in question is now in another notebook awaiting ideas from whoever. Intel's Toolkit didn't tell me anything.
What is the model? If it is an older one, like a Sandforce based SSD, probably not worth worrying about.
It's actually pre-sandforce but is a 2011 model, it appears.INTEL SSDSA2BW160G3
Out of warranty, but that's not really the issue. I'd like to get at the files I worked since last week's backup.
More importantly, I'd really like to know what happened as I have three other of the same drive, one is the C drive in this notebook.
Newegg has SSDs under 1Tb for cheap, some in the $40 range for 500G or less, but I don't know which brands to trust any more.
This is a known bug affecting Intel 320 SSDs:Was working fine, then it wasn't. No access by any of the usual means. Disk Management shows a size of 8Mb instead of 160Gb
Seems you'll need professional help. Unless there is important data on it, I doubt if it's cost effective.Any ideas on how to regain access?
From that article:This is a known bug affecting Intel 320 SSDs:
|Intel® Memory and Storage Tool GUI||Drive management software with a Graphical User Interface for Windows* that allows you to view current drive information, perform firmware updates, and run full diagnostic scans.|
Fair enough. I forgot the WD Blue SSD line, which is solid and I have personally used a few times.Also WD and SK Hynix along with those first two choices, and then it's all the rest IMO.
Except for Adata, because they switch inferior components at will (and without disclosure).
Their newest consumer SSDs (the P31 NVMe and S31 SATA) are really good drives, and they are among the very few who make their entire SSDs from in-house components).Fair enough. I forgot the WD Blue SSD line, which is solid and I have personally used a few times.
I don't know if I would include SK-Hynix, personally. I know they make a bunch of flash themselves but when it comes to controller technology and desktop applications to maintain your SSD they are 2nd tier in my limited experience with them.
Speaking from my recent experience, I’d use the new ones. They’ll be faster, and very likely use less power. We can also hope that in the last decade or so they’ve made the controllers more reliable. I don’t know that is a given but I hope so!The two Samsungs should be arriving today.
Clone/Restore from backup from the two Intels and install the Samsungs, keeping the Intels for spares?
Leave the Intels in place and keep the Samsungs for spares?
This is an older (about 10 years now) Gateway laptop running Win7 with 8Gb RAM.
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