Question [MAJOR] Fix Potential Corrupted SSD; How to Revert The SATA Controller Back From RAID to AHCI

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Greetings, everyone.
So, over the past five weeks I've been dealing with a corrupted ssd after I unplugged the desktop from the power socket. I was getting impatient when the computer took longer than usual to boot up. Bad move, I know. I've been learning that the hard way.

About two weeks of hopelessly trying to reinstall Windows 10 with a bootable usb on my corrupted drive have passed, and after numerous BSOD's, I decided to install it on my 1TB hard drive, and it worked! However, Windows had an update for my MOBO's BIOS, and it corrupted my Main BIOS (and caused a boot loop), so I had to short pins on the chip to force it into recovery mode. I dared not to plug back in my 1 TB hard drive again.

Fast forward to now, May 13th, and I've bought a new Sandisk SSD. I attempted to install it with my bootable usb and I noticed that the process had been at like 0% for about 10 minutes, so I cancelled the process. But, just my luck, the installation media froze after it cancelled, but when I restarted the computer (by holding down the case power button this time) I reboot it and notice that my new ssd was registered as containing 0.0 mb of storage. This happened before, while I was trying to work with my broken ssd from before, and now I fear that I've just broken it again 5 days after I just bought the thing.
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I looked up somewhere that changing the SATA controller from AHCI mode to IDE could solve the problem. I go into my BIOS and notice that an IDE option is not available to me except on the 4th and 5th ports for some reason. However, I do notice that I can switch it to RAID mode. So, without doing any research on what this actually is, yet another bad move, I switch it to that and save and exit the BIOS. The computer reboots and unbeknownst to me it goes to "check the drives", obviously fails to find any compatible drives and prompts me to press Ctrl-F to enter the RAID Rom's Utility, which thankfully does not work on my keyboard, even though it is on.

So you might suggest that I should press Delete to enter the BIOS and switch it off, which was my original solution to this problem. But guess what? Pressing those keys that appear below the MOBO's logo doesn't work! Believe me, I've spammed these buttons faster than twenty angry hornets and it just. doesn't. work.

In addition, I've tried taking out that little CMOS battery for 15 minutes. I've tried shorting the CLR_CMOS pins using a paper clip while booting the computer up, I've tried shorting the pins on the Main BIOS, though I may have a harder time with that since someone was actually shorting them with the paper clip while I turned the computer on. And besides, I don't want to risk shorting the whole MOBO since I'm not the most confident with the steadiness of my hands.

So here I am, after five weeks of going through all of this ssd nonsense, including my MOBO's annoying boot loop, and I feel like I've gotton nowhere with this. It's like I'm back at square one with this complete nightmare. After hours of google searches, youtube videos, and old forum posts, and I've gained nothing from this. I've resorted to finally opening up in this online forum because I feel this is the best course of action to take now. This issue has strayed too far from my current skill level, I have realized. So I believe that opening this whole situation up on an online forum is the best course of action to make right now.

At this point, I am very fed up with this computer. I would very much appreciate at least some sort of lead or suggestion, because at this point, I've run out of options.

Here are my computer's specs for reference:

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ComponentSelection
CPUAMD - FX-8320E 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU CoolerCorsair - H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
MotherboardGigabyte - GA-990FXA-UD5 R5 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
MemoryMushkin - Essentials 12 GB (3 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Storage (My 1 TB drive mentioned earlier)Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage 2 (My corrupted SSD from the beginning that caused all of this)SanDisk - Z400s 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage 3 (My new SSD, may be corrupted too)SanDisk SDSSDA-120G-G27 SSD PLUS, 120GB
Video CardGigabyte - GeForce GTX 960 4 GB Video Card
CaseCorsair - 750D ATX Full Tower Case
Power SupplyCoolMax - 700 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical DriveAsus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Wireless Network AdapterBelkin - F9L1001 USB 2.0 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter
MonitorAsus - VX228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor
KeyboardCooler Master - CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard With Optical Mouse
 
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Thank you for the reply. Though I have had this desktop since the summer of 2015 and I have had no issues related to the memory in the past, but thank you for the suggestion anyway. I'll find something like that to replace it.

I actually ran a memory test about two weeks ago and found that one of the three memory sticks were damaged, so I took that one out.

Edit: Would 2 x 4 GB sticks of it suffice?
 
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Assuming that the motherboard or something else was not damaged, take out all the drives. Take the drive you want as the boot drive and connect it to the lowest SATA port in the system (it can be 1 or 0, depending on the system), make sure the media you have for Win 7 setup is good, maybe test it on a junk drive in another system. Try the setup that way.
 
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Assuming that the motherboard or something else was not damaged, take out all the drives. Take the drive you want as the boot drive and connect it to the lowest SATA port in the system (it can be 1 or 0, depending on the system), make sure the media you have for Win 7 setup is good, maybe test it on a junk drive in another system. Try the setup that way.
Actually, I'm trying to install Windows 10 on it, since I could reactivate it with the code I used when I first installed it two years ago. I was considering trying to install it with a different OS like linux or something, and eventually be able to dual boot both linux and windows. I'm curious to try Linux Mint out. I also heard that there's a drive partitioning tool called gparted that I hope could diagnose what went wrong with my ssd.

Unfortunately, all of the other computer and drives that I have in my house have Windows 10 installed too, and I only have one usb. Could I get another usb and somehow install Win10 on it from the bootable drive? I'm currently typing on this forum on an HP Laptop with Win10 and 2 usb ports.

Plus, I just ordered my RAM replacements, so maybe I'll try it again when I get it.
 
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So I just replaced my RAM but I still can't enter my MOBO's BIOS Setup using my keyboard keys to switch the SATA controller from RAID mode to AHCI mode... I'm still stuck :/
 

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