Environment: Dell XPS M1530 with 4GB RAM and Windows 10. BIOS level A12 which is the latest available
This has been working fine for around a year with an SSD Plus SDSSDA-240G.
But now the machine hangs some while after startup (sometimes just a few minutes but usually more) but then restarts and won’t recognize the drive, returning a black screen with “no bootable devices found. Press F1…” etc.
Removing and reseating the drive enables the machine to recognize the drive again but then the same thing happens after a while.
I am at my wits end.
Have cloned the SSD (it seems to work fine out of the Dell) to a 160GB 5400 Hitachi HDD and it ran fine with the HDD overnight and for the rest of the following day until I shut it down normally. Put the SSD back in but again the same issue of hang/restart and no drive recognized until I reseat it. Then the same old thing happens again.
Has anyone any ideas? The serial number is 153655403995 and was bought around eighteen months ago.
Do you think I have a rogue drive? Or am I missing something.