By Emily / Last Updated August 22, 2019

Samsung SSD drive failure symptoms

Although Samsung SSD has earned a great fame among computer users relying on their better performance, fast reading and writing speed, they are still prone to failure for various reasons like bad sectors, corrupted MBR, power failure, physical damage, heat, etc. So how to tell your Samsung SSD drive is failing and then you can take corresponding Samsung SSD repair solutions? Below is a list for your reference.

  • SSD running slow: If the rate of transferring, copying or writing data is slower and slower. The SSD drive might be failing. It is an early symptom. Then it is best to start backing up data.

  • Corrupted data: You cannot open and read the files stored in the SSD drive. This might be caused by the increasing number of bad sectors.

  • The File System Needs Repair: When you get an error message saying "Your PC/Device needs to be repaired" during Windows boot, this can be a sign of your SSD developing bad blocks or a problem in the connection.

  • SSD in read only mode: Your SSD might stuck in read only mode (also called write protected) for no reason, then you cannot perform any operations like writing/deleting data to on disk.

How to fix Samsung SSD hard drive in Windows?

If your SSD is suffering from any one of symptoms above, it might be on the verge of failure. Prior to buying a new one for replacement, it is advisable to try the listed Samsung SSD repair methods.

Before you proceed: Recover data from the damaged SSD, or clone SSD to another HDD/ SSD for data security if possible.

Method 1. Update Samsung SSD firmware

Typically, every SSD producer develops a specific SSD firmware update tool for their own SSD drives. To update Samsung SSD firmware, you can download Samsung Magician software and install it on your computer. Then follow the instruction.

Step 1. Launch the program to enter its main interface, select the Samsung SSD drive you want to update, click on "Firmware Update".

Step 2. Then a dialogue box will indicate if there is an available update. If there is an update, click "Update".

Step 3. The Samsung SSD firmware update process might cost several seconds, then you need to shut down and reboot your computer. Finally, you can go back into Magician to verify the process is done.

Method 2. Update SSD drivers

The outdated SSD drivers could result in SSD not working normally, so try to update the drive driver.

Step 1. Click on "Start" and type "Device Manager" in Search box, then hit "Enter" to open it.

Step 2. Click "Disk drives" to expand the category. Right-click on Samsung SSD drive and select "Update driver".

Step 3. Select "Search automatically for updated driver software".

Update Driver

Step 4. If Windows does not find a new driver, you can try searching for one on the Samsung SSD manufacturer website and follow their instructions.

If these steps don not work, try reinstalling the driver: select "Uninstall" in the step 2. Then restart your PC, and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

Method 3. Repair SSD bad sectors

"Bad sectors" on SSDs can cause that slow speed when you accessing large files, active applications. Sometimes it even often freezes up or crash. To fix such disk errors, you can run CHKDSK tool in CMD window.

Step 1. Click on "Start" and type "cmd" in Search field, right click the Command Prompt icon and select "Run as administrator" to open the Command Prompt utility in administrator mode.

Step 2. In the CMD window, type "chkdsk g: /f" (g is the drive letter of the SSD drive) to check and fix bad sectors on the disk.

Chkdsk

Method 4. Run an Samsung SSD repair tool

In order to repair Samsung SSD as easily as possible, here we would like to recommend a free yet powerful Samsung SSD repair software –AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. With it, you can check bad sectorsfor your Samsung and other branded SSD. Besides, it provides you with another three methods to fix damaged SSD drives in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. Free download and have a try.

  • Rebuild MBR of the SSD drive

A damaged MBR (Master Boot Record) can make your SSD drive fail to work, so you might need to rebuild it.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant in your Windows computer. Right click the Samsung SSD drive to select "Rebuild MBR".

Rebuild Data Disk MBR

Step 2. In the mini window, select a suitable MBR type according to your current operating system, and click "OK".

Choose MBR Type

Step 3. Hit on "Apply" and then "Proceed" to start rebuilding MBR.

Apply

  • Reformat the Samsung SSD drive

To fix damaged (Samsung) SSD drive, reformatting it to full capacity is also worth trying.

Warning: Formatting will delete all data on the SSD drive, so please back up everything important in advance.

Step 1. In the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant, right click one partition on the SSD and click "Format Partition".

Format RAW SD Card

Step 2. Choose a compatible file system like NTFS and click "OK".

Choose File System

Step 3. Do remember to click "Apply" >"Proceed" to commit the pending operation.

Apply

  • Secure erase the SSD completely

If your Samsung SSD is still not working after the above methods, then you can completely erase the SSD drive to reset it to factory settings. To do so, you need to upgrade AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to Professional version. It contains the "SSD Secure Erase Wizard", compatible with most popular SSD drives, Samsung, Intel, Kingston, etc. With it, you can securely and permanently erase SSD drives without hurting it.

SSD Secure Erase

Summing up

With those Samsung SSD repair solutions, you are sure to easily fix damaged/corrupted/failing SSD drives in Windows 10/8/7. More importantly, if your damaged SSD has made your Windows fail to boot, AOMEI Partition Assistant can allow you to create a bootable media, then apply above methods to repair SSD in WinPE mode.