Dell XPS 13 SSD Failure

June 16, 2014

This is what total spontaneous failure looks like:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda
smartctl 6.2 2013-07-26 r3841 [x86_64-linux-3.13.0-24-generic] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-13, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Device Model:     SAMSUNG SATA SSD
Serial Number:    00000000000000
LU WWN Device Id: 5 002538 043584d30
Firmware Version: CXM13D1Q
User Capacity:    1,073,741,824 bytes [1.07 GB]
Sector Size:      512 bytes logical/physical
Rotation Rate:    Solid State Device
Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is:   ATA8-ACS T13/1699-D revision 4c
SATA Version is:  SATA 3.0, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 6.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is:    Fri Jun 13 14:39:18 2014 UTC
SMART support is: Available -- device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

Read SMART Data failed: scsi error aborted command

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: UNKNOWN!
SMART Status, Attributes and Thresholds cannot be read.

Read SMART Log Directory failed: scsi error aborted command

Read SMART Error Log failed: scsi error aborted command

Read SMART Self-test Log failed: scsi error aborted command

Selective Self-tests/Logging not supported

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ dmesg | grep ata1
[ 1215.144460] ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
[ 1215.144461] ata1.00: error: { ABRT }
[ 1215.144859] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/133 (device error ignored)
[ 1215.144870] ata1: EH complete
[ 1215.144927] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
[ 1215.144929] ata1.00: irq_stat 0x40000001
[ 1215.144930] ata1.00: failed command: READ DMA
[ 1215.144933] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:08:f0:eb:01/00:00:00:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
[ 1215.144934] ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
[ 1215.144935] ata1.00: error: { ABRT }
[ 1215.145315] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/133 (device error ignored)
[ 1215.145349] ata1: EH complete
[ 1215.145412] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
[ 1215.145414] ata1.00: irq_stat 0x40000001
[ 1215.145415] ata1.00: failed command: READ DMA
[ 1215.145418] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:08:f0:eb:01/00:00:00:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
[ 1215.145419] ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
[ 1215.145420] ata1.00: error: { ABRT }
[ 1215.145799] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/133 (device error ignored)
[ 1215.145806] ata1: EH complete
[ 1215.145870] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
[ 1215.145871] ata1.00: irq_stat 0x40000001
[ 1215.145873] ata1.00: failed command: READ DMA
[ 1215.145875] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:08:f0:eb:01/00:00:00:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in

...(truncated)...

And below is what a new mSATA drive looks like. Tiny!