Hello all, I've been a PC gamer for little over 12 years now, always on a budget since where I live the price of electronics are absurdly high and I never wanted to burden my parents with expensive stuff. So my PC never had any RGBs or any really expensive parts, only the necessary. That includes SSDs, recently I had the opportunity to get a used SSD in exchange for an LCD monitor I had laying around my house for two years (unused since I got it, basically brand new).
The SSD was 100% healthy according to CrystalDiskInfo, it's a SanDisk PLUS 120Gb (dram-less, but I don't think it's such a big issue coming from HDDland), and had little over 2TB TBW(?) out of 40TB.
So I get to my house after exchanging it and it shows as "removable disk" when Windows boots. Tried formatting and still not showing as a usable disk, I'm basically going to use this guy as a boot drive for my laptop, so I won't be writing a lot of stuff to it.
I'm going to buy another one for my PC later on, but it needs to be bigger since I'll use it to play games.
I got all my parts used a couple of years back, so I know the risks of used stuff, my PC has an i5 2500K, 12Gb DDR3 and a GTX970. It still kicks ass in 1080p and that's enough for me. I've never had any real issues with used parts, my laptop and phone are also used goods, my laptop was the most recent purchase and it was real cheap compared to others with same specs. So I just want to upgrade it with an SSD for bigger convenience. I'll have the SSD as boot and a 500Gb HDD for storage (this one is even 7200 RPM, which was a surprise for me, all my other laptops had 5400 RPM HDDs).
Ops, forgot the punchline. Has anyone had this issue before? I tested the SSD on the guy's PC and it worked fine then. But now my Windows recognizes it as a 111Gb drive but simply can't use it. Maybe it's because my hardware is older? Or maybe not because I tested it on my newer laptop and still not working.
Edit 1: Ok so I'm not sure WTF is going on. I even checked the PCB for any physical damage, and nothing, it looks brand new. When I run Disk Management it showed the ssd with three healthy partitions and one of them being RAW (I couldn't do anything with these partitions) I tried to format them via Gparted, Diskpart and Disk Management Tool; none had any success. I was trying to download SanDisk Dashboard but was not successful until I found an older version and managed to install it and update to the most recent. When this happened It scanned and showed the SSD with 98% health and the partitions that DskMgmt showed before... I managed to clean it with the "Sanitize" option, it now shows 111Gb unallocated, but nothing can be done with the drive. I can't create partitions or format it to NTFS via DiskPart or anything. Gparted gives me "fsyncing/closing /dev/sdc input/output error" when I try to create a GPT partition table or format the partitions that were there and DiskPart gives me "Cyclic Redundancy Check". A few moments ago I rebooted and the Dashboard App shows the ATA security as "Frozen". Is there any way for me to maybe flash an older firmware or the same firmware to make sure it's not a firmware problem?
As follows, these first screenshots were taken before I managed to sanitize and erase the disks partitions:
The three partitions on DskMgmt
Diskpart showing all partitions and the main RAW part.
Now after sanitizing:
Dashboard showing it as 98% healthy, without any partitions and "Frozen" ATA security.
CrystalDiskInfo stats, I had forgotten to upload the first screenshot, so I took another one after sanitizing.
If anyone has any idea as to what to do with this little guy... I saw 4 chips on the PCB (2 on each side) and one SanDisk controller, I also saw some contact pads, maybe there's a way to manually "reset" the controller or something. I'm no electronics expert and as my experience with SSDs have been null and void so far, I'm not sure if this is a possibility, like the little pads in smartphones that you can use to enter a recovery mode or something of the sort... Anyways, kudos to whoever helps me out on this! I'll keep on digging by myself here. But there's a limited amount of info you can find with a limited amount of knowledge on something.
Edit2: Ok so I came to a conclusion. This SSD has been bricked so hard that all of his blocks are bad. I'm running a Erase Test on HDDScan and it's reporting bad blocks since the first one and it's been over 25k of bad blocks. I'll finish the test but I'm not really sure if it'll turn up anything different. Anyhow, I contacted some local stores about SSDs and I'll be getting a 480Gb Kingston for an affordable price. But I still need to save up 3x what I have now.