PC blue screens then won't recognize SSD hard drive in BIOS until completely powered off and back on.

I've recently purchased a custom built PC and having problems with it crashing every couple to 3 days.  Usually I'm not around when it happens, but when I am it blue screens.  After the blue screen, the pc reboots itself to the point where it says that no bootable device can be found.  If you enter the BIOS setup the hard drive is no longer listed.  If you totally turn the machine off, instead of just pressing the reset button or having it reset on its own after the crash, all is well again; the bios recognizes the hard drive again and boots up just fine and will continue to run for another 2-3 days.  I've thought this might be a problem with cabling and have bought a new SATA cable to replace the original cable connecting the SSD to the motherboard.   The problem persists, so now the only thing I can think of is that it is the motherboard.    

Below are some of the PC's specs which I thought might be important in diagnosing:
OS: Windows 7
Motherboard:       [SLI] Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 -- Lucid Virtu Technology
Hard drive:  120 GB Corsair Force Series GT SSD
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor


Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.
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CallandorCommented:
Check the BIOS battery, it may be drained - it should be 3v.

The need to completely power it off may point to a power problem, which is usually linked to bad capacitors (in the power supply of motherboard).

Make sure the SSD has the latest firmware, as there were problems with the early versions.
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AllTripCommented:
When it blue screens, what is the error code that shows on the screen?

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c_mayAuthor Commented:
I'm thinking there's no problem with the BIOS battery since the system time isn't affected at all.  That might be an incorrect assumption but I'm just going with the SSD firmware update suggestion first.

So I've updated the firmware for the SSD.  Only time will tell now.  I'll check back in with you when the PC crashes again or after a few days if this resolved it. Fingers crossed. Thanks.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
I'd turn it off and take it back. Looks like the people who "built" it never qualified that the components work together.  It isn't worth the time to debug.  It doesn't run long enough to see if there are other problems that come up after computer & components are hot and have been running for a few weeks.

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AllTripCommented:
I would agree 100% with dlethe, take it back if it's a recent purchase.  Let them deal with it and get yourself a different system.  If you are having this many issues with it being a recent purchase you are just going to continue having them in the future.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Unless you just have a component that failed on the way home, (which I doubt), then I would take business elsewhere.  Look at the chips they use for memory and then go to the motherboard site. I bet they didn't use make/models of memory boards that the motherboard manufacturer even qualified.

But you now have learned a valuable lesson. This is why businesses just buy from Dell, HP or IBM.  Everything tested, no headaches.  Custom PCs can be built and tested and qualified, but my guess is that these people just slapped components together, added a markup, and moved on.   Is this a national  vendor or internet vendor built PC integrator?  If so who should we stay away from?  
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nobusCommented:
otherwise, post the minidump for more info on the BSOD
find it in Windows\minidumps, attach it here as file
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John GriffithConsultantCommented:
SSDs have been prone to failure.  I would take it back or RMA the SDD at a minimum.

I agree w/ nobus - post the dumps.  It's wrth taking a look at them.
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c_mayAuthor Commented:
After updating the SSD firmware, so far so good (4 days and counting).  Going to keep the question open for a couple more days to make sure, but it looks like it worked!  Thanks.
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c_mayAuthor Commented:
Updating the SSD firmware fixed the issue.
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