Ok, I think my SSD
is dead but I want to be absolutely sure before I do anything.
My mini9 crashed, I guess, I wasn't the one using it at the time, several weeks ago. When starting up it makes it to the Windows XP logo, the one over black with the blue loading bar thing under it. It sits there a minute then restarts. It's stuck in this loop forever.
I tried repairing and it froze on "examining startup environment", same on reinstall. I tried multiple Windows discs and even an old version of Ubuntu, same deal. I ran every hardware test I could find on the disc from Dell that was included and on the Ubuntu distro and everything checked out ok. But I can't seem to alter the drive in any way, I'm afraid it's dead.
The warranty expired a year and a half ago. I called Dell and the guy let me explain the problem, suggested it might be a software issue and that troubleshooting would be $59. I was hoping they'd offer to replace the SSD
So does anyone have any further suggestions, is there any hope, or have I already exhausted every option and need to give up and buy a new SSD