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When Did SSD Come Out?


Are you a tech enthusiast wondering about the origin of the solid-state drive and when it hit the market for the first time? Well, SSD has been around for quite a long time.

Quick Answer

You may find it hard to believe, but SSD has been around for over 40 years. It appeared in the market for the first time in 1976 and was released by Dataram.

In the beginning, SSD was named “BULK CORE” as it was pretty bulky and had storage of 2 MB. Later on, StorageTeK released the RAM-based version of SSD in 1978.

We have compiled a comprehensive guide for you to explore the history of SSD and some repair methods for fixing a corrupted SSD.

When Did SSD Come Out?

The first ever SSD hit the market in 1976 and was released by Dataram with the name “Bulk Core”. It provided around 2 MB of solid-state storage and was compatible with Data General (DG) and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) Computers.

Two years later, StorageTek came up with a RAM-based storage drive. Later on, several companies entered the SSD market and released an evolved version of the state drive. For instance, in 1984, Tallgrass Technologies Corporation introduced a tape backup drive of 40 MB, which was expandable to 20 MB.

Santa Clara Systems released a 4 MB mass storage system expandable to over 20 MB. The year 1989 saw the release of flash memory-based SSDs and 1995 was marked by the introduction of high-density NAND flash memory-based solid-state drives by the companies like Western Digital and M-System, respectively.

Fixing a Corrupted SSD

If you’ve got an SSD and it’s not working or is corrupted, our 5 step-by-step methods will help you fix the problem without much hassle.

Method #1: Updating SSD Firmware

It is possible to fix a corrupted SSD by updating its firmware with these steps.

Step #1: Checking the SSD Firmware Version

Open “Device Manager” on your PC, expand “Disk Drivers”, and right-click your SSD. Select “Properties” > “Details” > “Hardware IDs” from the drop-down menu under the “Property” section. The firmware version of your SSD will be located on the far right side.

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Step #2: Installing and Updating Firmware

Install the SSD firmware update tool on your PC and launch the application. Check for the firmware version to ensure that it matches the Device Manager. Click “License” > “Accept”. Then, choose the updates available for your SSD. Click “Update Driver” and select “Yes” for confirmation. Click “OK” to complete the process.

Once the firmware update completes, restart your PC and check the firmware version of your SSD again to verify the changes.

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Method #2: Updating Drivers

To fix a corrupted SSD, you can update its drivers using these steps.

  1. Press Win + X and select “Device Manager” from the menu.
  2. Click “Disk Drives” to expand it. 
  3. Right-click your SSD, choose “Update Driver”, and follow the prompts.
  4. Once the process completes, restart your PC and check for the issue.
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Method #3: Running the “chkdsk” Command 

You can check and fix SSD issues by running the “chkdsk” command with these steps.

  1. Type “cmd” in the search bar on your PC and run Command Prompt with administrative rights.
  2. Select “Yes” to confirm, type chkdsk /f in the Command Prompt, and hit Enter.
  3. Once done, type : exit and press Enter to finish the process.
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All Done!

You can now successfully access and read data from your corrupted SSD on your PC.

Method #4: Using a Free Repair Tool

If your SSD has stopped responding due to an unknown file system error, you can fix it using a third-party free repair tool like EaseUS Partition Manager with these steps.

  1. Download, install, and open EaseUS Partition Manager on your PC.
  2. Locate the disk containing your SSD and right-click the partition you wish to check.
  3. Click “Advanced”.
  4. Select “Check File System”.
  5. Choose “Try to fix errors if found” from the pop-up window and click “Start”.
  6. Click “Finish” once the scanning completes.
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Additional Features

In addition to eliminating unknown file system errors, EaseUS Partition Manager can resize, merge, and format partitions to solve low disk space issues.

Method #5: Using the Power Cycle Method

If your solid state drive is not yet installed on your PC, you can use the power cycle method to fix the corrupted drive with these steps.

  1. Connect a power cable to your SSD.
  2. Turn and leave the power on for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes, unplug the power cable.
  4. When 30 minutes pass again, restore the power and leave it for another half hour.
  5. Make the power go down again and wait for 30 seconds.
  6. You will get your SSD back to life, and it’s now ready to go back into your laptop.
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In this guide, we’ve discussed when SSD came out and how it evolved. We have also discussed some fixes you can try when the SSD is not working.

We hope one of these methods has worked for you, and you can enjoy the benefits of ample storage and speed simultaneously with your SSD.

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