Have a brand new SSD - it's either failed (because "friend" who installed it didn't KNOW you have to update the bios for an SSD) or the controller is failing on the motherboard. Right now I've installed an old HDD in laptop and am going through the excruciatingly painful installation and update of Windows 7 pro. And losing my mind I think. My "shop" (who finally updated the bios and got it running for a couple weeks until it totally died) wants me to just buy a new HDD (he dislikes SSD's in laptops - thinks they're unstable) and of course PAY him to install Win 7. I'm too stubborn to just give up without a fight. We've decided that it's either the SSD was bad (so far I haven't had any kinds of errors on it with the old HDD in it updating etc.) and the errors were mostly boot errors - unable to find boot device....no HD installed, etc. Didn't get past the black boot screen errors.
So my question is how can I test to see if it's the controller failing on the motherboard. The failures were erratic and unpredictable. At this point not having a fully updated version of Win 7 yet - I'm not sure if it's being tested properly anyway.
I know that there are tests for the drives to see if there are bad sectors, etc., but is there a test that will show a bad hard drive controller?