SSD Dying? How To Test

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Hi guys,

Think I have a problem with one of my SSDs and just wondering if there was a way for me to test if it's dying or something else causing the issue?

Basically I have a FreeNAS box set up in the living room that has a 60 GB SSD (Crucial M4) as its main drive and then some 3TB mechanical drives for storage. If I boot the machine up from cold then there are no issues and it boots up fine. Then after a certain period of time, the SSD seems to stop working, get AHCI error messages in the FreeNAS console etc.

If I then just restart the machine using the button on the case the M4 doesn't show at all in the BIOS. However, if I then proceed to turn the machine off and start it again, the M4 shows and boots properly.

I have tried changing the SATA port used in case it was that, but that seemed to make no difference.

This drive is a couple of years old now, so there's a chance it is dying but just thought I see if there are any things I can try to confirm this or if something else might be causing the issue.

For reference, this is a fresh installed FreeNAS and the disk had the same behaviour with Rockstor installed.

Thanks

Here's an output of smartctl for the drive:

Code:
=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
  1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x002f   100   100   050    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   010    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       5539
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       1515
170 Grown_Failing_Block_Ct  0x0033   100   100   010    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
171 Program_Fail_Count      0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
172 Erase_Fail_Count        0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
173 Wear_Leveling_Count     0x0033   098   098   010    Pre-fail  Always       -       60
174 Unexpect_Power_Loss_Ct  0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
181 Non4k_Aligned_Access    0x0022   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       473 209 263
183 SATA_Iface_Downshift    0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
184 End-to-End_Error        0x0033   100   100   050    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
188 Command_Timeout         0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
189 Factory_Bad_Block_Ct    0x000e   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       49
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x003a   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0030   100   100   001    Old_age   Offline      -       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x0032   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
202 Perc_Rated_Life_Used    0x0018   099   099   001    Old_age   Offline      -       1
206 Write_Error_Rate        0x000e   100   100   001    Old_age   Always       -       0
 
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Update the firmware on the M4.

It's a known issue with these drives. Google '5200 hour M4 bug'

That will fix the issue.
 
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Update the firmware on the M4.

It's a known issue with these drives. Google '5200 hour M4 bug'

That will fix the issue.

Ooo okay. Let me have a look in to that :D

Just done the firmware update so fingers crossed!
 
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