Today i gonna help you repair your broken Kingston SSD that not recognized in device manager and bios.

Things that you will need:

  • Broken SSD
  • Straight Hands
  • Motherboard with SATA IDE or legacy mode
  • blank disc
  • cdrom

So, lets begin: take new firmware for V100 from official site or from here (64GB and 128GB only) and burn it to cd.

Reboot your computer and enter BIOS settings. Now change mode of youre SATA controller to IDE or legacy, if you don’t know how to do this – you can ask google.

Disconnect all drives besides ssd and boot from cd… If it detects your ssd and ask you to agree with agreement and data loss – youre damn lucky man ! Just answer Y twice and 5 minutes later if all goes ok you will succeed :)

But how i said in the title – today we are trying restore ssd that doesn’t seen in Device manager and BIOS… So disconnect power cord from it and reboot your computer again, while cd will boot up you need to plug in power cord in at the moment when flasher starts.

If you do it right way – flasher will recognize the drive and ask your a confirmation about what your a doing, if not – you may unplug power cord from ssd, plug another sata cable (from another port) type “”, then press Enter and immediately plug in ssd power cord after…

Now when the flasher see device it will offer you to update firmware on it, but when you answer “Y” twice and it try to “Get erase counts” it will fail.

So you need to plug out power cord from ssd when it try “Get erase count” and after 2-3 seconds plug it back, it will say “OK!” and start another tests, DON’T TOUCH CABLES NOW!

And now if you succeed your ssd will be updated to new firmware and work like new again !


If not you may try to do it all again or send it back to manufacturer by warranty.

Good luck, and remember: i’m not responsible to any damage you made to your hardware ! Do it all on your own risk.

Опубликовано 3 Jul. 2012 , Tech stuff

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  1. Roberto T. commented

    I resolved myself, i used an old mother board for desktop. A motherboard that have both controller, IDE and SATA, this motherboard recognize the V100 SSD, so i updated the firmware. And after the update it works also into new motherboard with only SATA connector :)

    August 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm
    • Daemon commented

      Using it on work half a year already, so can confirm that solution 100% works :)

      April 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm
  2. Criss commented

    i’d tried on 3 computers , with sata ide funtion , nothing works , the method with power cable is not working , any ideas , please , i need to restore this damn hdd

    July 19, 2014 at 7:33 am
  3. Andi commented

    It worked perfectly using your instructions. Many many thanks!

    October 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm
    • Daemon commented

      I’m glad that I helped someone to fix this issue ! I’m also using this SSD more than two years and can confirm that this solution completely fixing all problems and after that SSD works perfectly fine :)
      Have a nice day and don’t forget to ask me if you have any problems )

      October 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm
      • Max commented

        I was not able to repair my SSD using this approach even with changing SATA cables. However I used the latest firmware from Kingston, not the one mentioned here.

        December 13, 2014 at 9:44 am
  4. Max commented

    Are you getting the data back after this procedure or you just get the empty drive? I am having the same problem – drive is not recognized by BIOS and it is not detectable by firmware update tool. I have not yet tried trick with changing SATA cables.

    December 13, 2014 at 12:50 am
    • Daemon commented

      No, I’m getting an empty drive.

      Restoring data from the broken SSD is almost impossible, so if you are using this type of storage you have always be prepared to data loss and should consider to have a backup of your sensitive data.

      Most data restore centers offering only HDD repair…

      December 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

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