Question M.2 SSD disconnects from PC randomly and Is no longer recognized ?


Apr 30, 2017
Hello, I've been having a lot of weird issues with my Samsung EVO 970 500GB M.2 SSD lately. The drive functioned normally without any problems until I tried to run any games installed on it. The game would run fine for about 45 minutes to an hour and then just abruptly crash. After this, the game, Steam, and any other applications on the drive simply would simply be inaccessible; I would be prompted with the error "A device which does not exist was specified". Upon restarting my PC the issues fixes itself and my computer recognizes all of my storage drives until I run a game and the issue inevitably repeats itself. I was suspicious as to if the SSD was the issue because I had owned it for some time so I recently bought a newer Samsung EVO 980 1TB M.2 SSD in order to troubleshoot.

I replaced the M.2 with my new one and the issue still persists. Because of this, I'm lead to believe that this could be an issue with a different component such as my motherboard? I made sure my BIOS is fully up to date so I'm not entirely sure what the issue could be. If anyone has any idea on how I can fix this then it would be very much appreciated. Thanks!