2 year old Black 1TB. (Dated 14 March, 2016). Is only used for storage - accessed for an hour or two each week. The sled is a Win 7 Ultimate with a Asus P8Z77 Pro/Thunderbolt mom and a 625 watt power supply that never works hard.
This AM the Intel Rapid Storage told me it was un-mounting a drive 2 hours into a session. This storage drive.
I rebooted the computer and the BIOS found the drive without problems but Windows booted extremely slowly and the storage drive was not recognized.
I rebooted the computer again, checked for changes in the BIOS - everything still set to automatic, and exited. The computer was unable to boot to Windows.
I unplugged the storage drive and the computer booted normally. I rebooted again with the drive plugged in and again, device identified but Windows couldn’t boot with it plugged in.
And that is where I decided to head on over to this site for advice. Before I start trashing out my computer and disemboweling things, I’d like to get the full low down and if possible a step by step of things to test and check.
My feelings are, buy another HD, manage to get the drive on line somehow and copy everything to the new drive before it goes to **** in a bucket for good.
Of course, being a storage drive, it’s got 850 GB of critical irreplaceable saved data.