FIX: SSD won’t wake from sleep

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A great number of users have stormed the different online forums complaining about the fact that their SSD won’t wake up from sleep.

Here is what one user had to say about this issue on the Reddit forums:

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga (i5) running W10.I installed an SSD from Crucial, very happy about it, except that if I put the computer to sleep it does not wake up. The red dot flashes every few seconds, showing it’s sleeping, but I have no choice but restart the computer. I have tried all the steps I have found online.

Solid-state drives are built to work at very high speeds, and in order to do so, all the information active on your PC’s RAM memory will be copied inside your C drive when putting the machine to sleep.

In some cases, putting a SSD to sleep will actually cause the device to be bricked (not work anymore).

It is recommended that you never put your device to sleep if you have a SSD installed, in order to avoid any issues.

In today’s article, we will explore what are your best options if you find that your SSD won’t wake up from sleep. Please follow the steps carefully.

Here’s what to do if your SSD won’t wake from sleep

1.  Perform an ATX reset

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On a desktop computer:

  1. Shut down your PC completely and disconnect all external devices (keyboard, mouse, etc.).
  2. Unplug the power cord from the PC.
  3. Press and hold the power button for 15 seconds (at least).
  4. Connect the power cord but do not plug in the external devices.
  5. Turn your PC on and wait to see if it boots normally. (if it does, shut it down, reconnect all peripherals and turn it on again).

On a notebook:

  1. Disconnect all peripherals and unplug the power cord.
  2. Remove the battery and hold the power button for at least 15 seconds.
  3. Plug the power cord in and turn your notebook on (reconnect peripherals only after the boot process is completed successfully).

2. Reset BIOS by removing the CMOS battery

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  1. Shut down your PC and remove the power cord.
  2. Open up your PC and find the battery on the motherboard.
  3. Remove it, and wait for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Put the battery back in, plug the cord in, and turn on your PC.

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3. Disconnect all SSD drives and reconnect

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If all of the above-mentioned methods failed to solve your issue, it is recommended that you try disconnecting your SSD drives and reconnecting them.

Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Shut down your PC completely.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the battery.
  3. Open up your PC, and disconnect the SSD from your motherboard.
  4. Wait for a few minutes.
  5. Connect the SSD again, and plug everything back in.
  6. Start your PC normally.


In today’s guide, we explored some of the best options to try if your SSD won’t wake up from sleep.

Please follow the steps presented here carefully to avoid causing any other issues or get any injuries.

Let us know if this guide was helpful by using the comment section below.


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