I’m using an Ultra II 960GB on my Linux system. It’s now just over 12 months old (typical) and I am experiencing random disconnects.
By “disconnects” I mean it’s like the SSD has been unplugged from the system. Sometimes this happens on power-on. No boot drive is found, no matter how many power-cycles or resets, it will not find the SSD. Other times it happens at random while I’m using the computer. When this happens I lose all my work !
My root partition and /home partition are both on this SSD so when it disconnects, I can do nothing. No access to a terminal, logs etc. I have to reset the computer.
The only way I can get the PC to find the SSD is to gently move the SATA connector on the drive. It’s like there’s some kind of poorly made connector on the drive (dry-joint?)
I’ve tried moving the SSD to a PCI SATA III card, new SATA cables, swapping SATA ports on the motherboard but this problem always returns - at random!
ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number: SanDisk Ultra II 960GB
Serial Number: xxxxxxxxxxxx
Firmware Revision: X41100RL
Media Serial Num:
Transport: Serial, ATA8-AST, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5, SATA Rev 2.6, SATA Rev 3.0
I can’t find any ISO file to try updating the firmware - seems that I need to install the Dashboard - but I don’t have Windows.