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SSD X25-M 160GB Clone Operation rendered SSD unusable

Hi,

I was cloning my standard HDD to my SSD (X25 160GB Gen 1) using Acronis, when power save settings shut the laptop down in mid clone. Since then, I can't get the SSD to register as a valid drive. Is there a way of recovering the drive (flashing an SSD image, etc.)? I'm at a loss as to what to do.

Cheers.

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How were you cloning (i.e. USB HDD applying image to internal SSD)?

When you say "can't get the SSD to register as a valid drive".... is that in Acronis or BIOS? Is the SSD connected via the internal SATA port? If so, does the BIOS register the drive?

You may just need a low-level reformat and start again.

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The SSD was in an external USB enclosure, and I was cloning my laptops internal HDD using Acronis True Image Home Version 2011.

When I plugin the SSD (still in the USB enclosure) into the laptop, it is not recognised by Windows Drive Manager, or File Explorer (hence I can't refomat, etc.). When I look at the System Device Manager, it appears that the drive is 'seen', however I'm unable to do anything. Acronis is also unable to recognise that the SSD is attached.

I haven't tried inserting the drive internally to see if the BIOS would recognise and enable reformatting. Is this worth a go?

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I've recently had a strange experience with a brand new X25-M (my second now). I had a driver error that caused a conflict in sleep mode. This caused a blue screen when the PC came out of sleep mode. The drive came up as "locked" in the raid rom (it was a non-array member disk at the time) and when I tried to reboot the drive could not then be seen by the OS. (Win 7/64).

I tried hddease and had problems getting it it to run with the drive attached but eventually I was able to get in running and execute a secure erase. The drive became un-locked and has worked perfectly ever since. Weird. Luckily I was working with a recent system image so I didn't lose any data.

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If Windows sees it, then it will appear in the BIOS. You might want to try a low-level reformat or zero-write to it.

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Hi Redux - How did you know that your drive was in a 'locked' state?

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I assume to do this, you need to insert the drive within the laptop?

Cheers.

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That is what it told me in the Raid ROM when I tried to boot. Whilst the drive was in this state I could not boot up with it plugged in. When I hot plugged it after Windows had loaded the drive could not be detected. To be able to secure erase the drive I had to leave it un-plugged until hdderase had loaded past a certain point. Totally weird. I've used Intel drives for a couple of years and this was the 1st time I experienced something like this.

Running a secure erase with hdderase resets the drive back to factory condition.

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Thanks for explaining. I'll have a go this evening at using HDDErase. Failing that, I'll pop the SSD within the laptop to see if the BIOS can recognise and force a low level format.

Fingers crossed!!

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