So yesterday I came home from work to discover my PC claiming that it cannot find the OS (Windows 7).
I reboot my computer go into BIOS, there's my drive. Ok so wtf is the problem I say..
Reboot my computer, Windows loads. Just in case my drive is failing I decide to quickly made a backup before SHTF. 90% into finishing the backup, Windows starts to bog down and come to a crashing halt, not even giving me a blue screen (fuuuuu I depend on that ish for researching problems when it occurs, first time ever since owning Windows 7), instead just reboots. This time, Windows cannot start because it cannot access the drive. Fuuuuuu
Disconnect all drives including including optical and my external drives in case power supply is failing and is causing my OS drive to shut down from lack of power (1200w PSU mind you), start up computer again, Windows boots up, attach 1 external drive, and start backup process again. 32% complete, effin' computer instantly restarts again, I go into BIOS, drive is missing, can only see my external drive.
Quickly install Windows 7 onto a new SSD, leave my Crucial M4 SSD attached so I can run some tests on it.. Windows installs, restarts, boots up, log in, waiting game begins.. not even 10 minutes later I watch my drive disappear again. I shut my pc off, detach my SSD, take it to my HTPC / Linux box, check partition alignment assuming the worst (damn near dead SSD of only 8 months of use), partition alignment is correct.. I then attempt to run some disk tools. As soon as I attempt the first diagnostic, the freaking drive becomes inaccessible, while machine is on.. I unplug power cable, reseat power onto SSD, SSD pops up again. Before I can start diagnostic the f*cker disappears again!!!
At this point I'm concluding the drive is nearly dead and I need to do anything possible to back up the drive, at least the user profile, bring it back to my Windows box, boot machine up... drive is there, finally got to copy the user profile and begin my research on the stupid drive.. only to find out that Crucial decided to troll its customers with some stupid form of TRIM called, "Garbage Collection". This stupid technology puts the drive into off mode, unmounting it, and not having any way of re-mounting it within Windows. Instead you either have to reboot and hope it doesn't shut off again or unplug the power cable and reseat it again and even that doesn't work.
This crap just started last night... I've owned this SSD for 8 months and now this stupid crap wants to start this? There wasn't even an update for the damn SSD. I review every single update before downloading and installing.. never have I had one for the drive -.-
Now I have to find and install a firmware update.. because the 5200 hour bug (the shutting off at random crap) has been met -.-
Crucial never again.