SSD (Solid State Drive) is the new, fast and reliable storage solution you can get in the market right now. The compact size and high durability rate make SSDs first preferences for any corporate or industrial work. At the starting, their low storage capacity was a problem. However, companies like Samsung, Seagate, and Nimbus Data are introducing their high storage capacity SSD lineup which starts from 15TB and went up a 100TB. But these SSD lineups are only available for corporate and industrial works only. The consumer version is yet to release.

Now, being the fastest and the most reliable storage solution doesn’t mean that it is also free of flaws. Like every other storage solutions, SSDs also faces errors, hardware failure, compatibility issues, and certain time death as well.

But due to mechanical free parts, most of the problems are software based and can be solved easily. If you are facing problems like SSD not showing up on your Windows 10 or any other version of Windows, then here are some solutions which can help you.

Initial verification

The most important thing you need to do before any kind of software tweaking or setting is verification of your hardware section. Usually, internal SSDs faces problems due to the connectivity issues. The wrong version of SATA cables or dead SATA cables is the prominent cause of SSD problems. So, try to check them first.

Now, if you’re using an external SSD, then try to check the data cable you are using and the USB port. In the case of external SSD’s, these two are usually the main criminals.

Some Useful Troubleshooting Tips

There are some ways of resolving SSD related issues. Check out the methods given below and find quick fixes instantly.

  1. Use The Windows Troubleshooter

Before going into some core software tweaking, the initial troubleshooting is always recommended. Most of the time the “Windows Troubleshoot” will rectify all of your problems and without any risk of damage.

For SSD troubleshoot, first, go to the “Control Panel” by pressing ‘Windows key + R’ and then type “Control Panel” on the search box. In Control Panel, type “Troubleshooting ” on the search bar which can be found on the top left corner.  A file name “Troubleshooting” will appear, click on it. Now. click on “View all” which you can find on the top left corner. In there, you need to find “Hardware and Devices”. Click on it. Instantly a popup will appear and request your permission for troubleshooting scan. Find and click “Next” from that popup window. After the scan, it will again require your permission to apply the fixes. Therefore, click on “Apply this fix”. After that, it will ask you to reboot your PC. Do it and try to check if the problem fixed or not.

2. Motherboard Storage Controler Update

With new and always evolving SSD technology, motherboard manufacturers need to update their storage controller setting for their upcoming motherboards and driver release for the old ones.

Sometimes, an outdated storage controller is the reason for incompatibility issues in the SSDs. To fix this first open the “Run” dialog box by hitting “Windows Key + R” together. In the dialogue box type “devmgmt.msc” and then hit “OK”. This will send you the “Device Manager” page.

There you need to find “Storage Controllers”. Right click on it. Then, a small menu will pop up.  On the menu, you need to click on “Update Driver software”. This will lead you to another page where you need to Click on “search automatically for updated driver software” (Be sure to turn on your internet). Then, the Device Manager will try to find the drivers (If available) and Install it. Now, repeat this same process for “IDE ATA/ ATAPI controllers” section. After this, restart your PC. This will help you with your situation. You can also download the motherboard driver from manufacturer’s website and install it.

3.Reinstall The IDE ATA Storage Controller Driver

In some situations, your storage controller driver can get damaged and can create issues for your SSD. This problem is relatively common and can get fixed easily.

For this problem go to the “Device Manager” by following the steps mentioned in the previous solution. Then, try to find the “IDE ATA/ ATAPI controller” and click on it. Then, right click on the driver and then hit “Uninstall Device”. Now, a popup will appear request for your confirmation, Click “Uninstall” on that. After that, wait for the process to get completed and then reboot your PC. The Windows will automatically detect the missing driver and install it.

4.Run The Memory Diagnostic Tool

Well, wrong configuration and access protocols are one of the rare problems which can be found in SSDs nowadays. But there are many solutions to this problem and the easiest one is “Memory Diagnostic Tool”. If your SSD or any storage solution suffer from this problem or any other one you can use this tool.

In the subject of SSDs, Memory Diagnostic Tool might be able to force the correct configuration and access protocols on your SSD and solve the issue. To run this tool, First hit “Windows key + R” and type “mdsched.exe” in the search box, then hit “OK”. Then, an options page will pop up where you need to select “Restart the computer and run the tool immediately”.

Now, Your computer will restart and “Windows Memory Diagnostics” start running with stander setting. If you want to run more or heavy test, then you can do it with the help of Function keys (F1, F2, F3, F10). After the test is completed, the result will be displayed on “Event Viewer ” page. If you want to run the test direct, then you can do it from BIOS by hitting F2 or F10.

5.SATA Controller Mode

Wrong storage controller mode or protocols might be the cause of your all SSD problem because unlike HDD SSD get affected by these things most. To make right you need change between AHCI, RAID, etc, for the SATA drive in which your SSD is connected.

To perform this task first, restart your PC and quickly enter in the BIOS by pressing F2 or F10. Then, go to the “Advanced”  tab and click on “SATA controller mode”. Now, select on the SATA port through which your SSD is connected (In most of the time SATA1, SATA0 is occupied by primary HDD). After selecting, hit “Enter” and choose one of the mode, such as AHCI. Now, hit F10 to “Save and Exit”. Restart your PC and check If your SSD is showing up or not. If not try this process with a different mode. It should work.


We hope that all of the solutions that we have mentioned above will help you to solve the problem regarding your SSD.

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