Does that mean my SSD is dead?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by macpokerstars, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. macpokerstars macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2010
    My OWC 3G Electra Mercury seems to have died.

    It prevents my iMac late 2009 from booting. My Mac crashes immediately after the usual Boot beeping noise (grey screen, no logo).

    When I opened up my iMac and replaced the OWC with another working Vertex SSD, the iMac boots normally.

    I also tried to put the OWC in another Mac to see what happens, and it makes that Mac crash at startup as well (just like with the iMac).
    I also tried to read the OWC from an external USB bay, but it doesn't read it. Also, it's absolutely invisible on Disk Utility.

    How can I tell if it is dead? Is there any way of resuscitating it? Should I keep trying to connect and disconnect it, hoping it will end up working?

    Note: it had been a few months that this SSD would cause my system to crash for no reason; I would get the spinning wheel randomly, without doing anything, and had to force-power-off the Mac every time.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Illusion986 macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    That sux as you probably paid a nice buck for it! Unfortunately i cant give you advice of how to test it. Have you attempted to contact OWC?
  3. 53kyle macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
    Can you boot into a restore disk and see if your drive is there?
  4. macthefork macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    It sounds dead. The final clue was when you placed it into an external USB bay and disk utility still doesn't see it.

    OWC is very good with their technical service and warranty returns. Give them a call or email them. Have the model number and S/N of the SSD handy.
  5. macpokerstars thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2010
    Hi, I tried to do that but it doesn't show in Disk Utility.

    Regarding returning the SSD back to OWC, I will probably do it, but I want to try to recover the data (if by chance the SSD decides to work again).

    I'm also worried that my data may be viewed by someone else, even though I used Filevault 2.

    If anyone has any comment/suggestion to make, I would be happy to hear from you.

    Thanks in advance.
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    If the disk is encrypted, they would need your password or the encryption key to unencrypt the disk and access your data. Don't worry about it.

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