Question Windows SSD randomly not booting

BradHP

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A few weeks ago, my system wouldn't start to Windows, just went to the BIOS screen. The boot drive SSD (Inland Professional 1TB 3D QLC NAND PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe M.2 Internal SSD) didn't show up in BIOS. I opened things up, took out the SSD and put it back in and then it showed up and everything booted. My cat had started a bad habit of jumping on the case and sitting over the fans, so I thought maybe he had knocked something loose.

It was fine again until today. Did the same thing, took the drive out and reinstalled, but then it started loading Windows and went to a blue screen. It restarted, then went back to the BIOS again and showed the same thing where the drive wasn't listed. I shut down, and let it sit a while I looked for my Windows installer USB, planning to install Windows on my 2nd storage SSD to be able to get in the system.

I decided to try starting it up again after a few minutes, and it cycled maybe 2-3 times where it gave I think one long beep (which I think indicates a memory issue?), then it went to a normal startup and I'm typing this on it now.

Does it sound like this drive is dying on me? It's less than a year old, bought and installed in this new build in September 2020. I'm going to look into the warranty, it's 3 years but I need to look into details on what exactly they cover. Is there something I can do do diagnose the drive itself for now? What legit tools are there to do that?
 

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