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 Post subject: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) (No BIOS detection)
PostPosted: January 2nd, 2018, 10:11 
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Hi guys, I have a little problem with an old OCZ.

I've used this SSD on a USB bay to copy some files, after inactivity the drive went in sleep mode (I think) or something like that.
Now the BIOS can't recognise it anymore. From what I see a lot of people got the same problem. So I imagine the drive went in Panic Mode or similar. I noticed only a green led always on when I power the drive, but nothing more.

Is there anything I can do to unlock this mode?
The drive is obviously out of warranty because it is now a legacy product and OCZ was acquired by Toshiba in the meantime.

I attach a photo of the board.

Thank you really much, if you need other informations feel free to ask more.


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 Post subject: Re: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) (No BIOS detection)
PostPosted: January 2nd, 2018, 11:51 
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You can attach to the serial port (RX/TX/GND) on the upper left, and you should see some output from the SSD when it is starting. That output might help to diagnose the problem.


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 Post subject: Re: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) (No BIOS detection)
PostPosted: January 2nd, 2018, 15:31 
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I suspect that J5 may be a shorting point to place the SSD in "safe mode". I would first test for continuity between the round pad and the R/B pin of the NAND array. Also check whether the square pad is grounded.

For reference ...

ispPAC-POWR607, Lattice Semiconductor, Programmable Power Supply Supervisor, Reset Generator and Watchdog Timer:
http://www.latticesemi.com/~/media/LatticeSemi/Documents/DataSheets/ispPAC/ispPAC-POWR607DataSheet.pdf?document_id=21806

EN6337QI, Enpirion, 3A Voltage Mode Synchronous Buck PWM DC-DC Converter with Integrated Inductor:
https://www.altera.com/content/dam/altera-www/global/en_US/pdfs/literature/ds/en6337qi_05800.pdf

AT24C256C, Atmel, marking 2ECL, I2C Serial EEPROM, 32K x 8, 1.7V - 5.5V:
http://www.atmel.com/images/atmel-8568-seeprom-at24c256c-datasheet.pdf

IRF9910, International Rectifier, dual n-channel MOSFET, SO-8, 20V, 10A/12A, marking F9910:
http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/172972.pdf

EP53A8HQI, Enpirion, marking AMxx, 1A PowerSoC, Voltage Mode Synchronous PWM Buck w/ Integrated Inductor, 16-pin QFN, Vin = 2.4 - 5.5V:
https://www.altera.co.jp/content/dam/altera-www/global/en_US/pdfs/literature/ds/ep53a8lqi_03651.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) (No BIOS detection)
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 4:31 
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Guys really thank you for your answers.

I will start reading from serial port as suggested by Sourcerer, I have a SiLabs CP2102, I think I will be able to read something.
Then I will start exploring the jumper J5, but I have to read "some" references before.

I hope there are possibilities...


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 Post subject: Re: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) (No BIOS detection)
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 4:52 
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Find out the link between the following image link & your uploaded image

http://z3x-team.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/3.png

you will like the idea :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) (No BIOS detection)
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 5:00 
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Thank you Einstein, challenge accepted :D


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 Post subject: Re: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) (No BIOS detection)
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 10:25 
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Its not a Challenge Levis ... more like another door to the other side..

good luck :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) (No BIOS detection)
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 13:30 
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einstein9 wrote:
Its not a Challenge Levis ... more like another door to the other side..

good luck :wink:

The challenge for me is to understand the other door :D :D


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