A few days ago I noticed my system was getting a bit slow and I decided to reformat and start from scratch again. I went to install windows 7 and it took about 2.5-3 hours to finish "getting files ready for installation". Once the installation had finished, I booted resource manager to discover that the SSD is sitting at 100% usage and not dropping. I ran chkdsk and it took about 2 hours but it came back fine, and SMART isn't showing any errors. I checked bios to make sure that I was in AHCI mode, and tried to format again this time with Win8.1, it didn't work. I plugged in an old 160gb WD Caviar and installed windows 8.1 to that in about 15 minutes. I even tried installing windows with various combinations of SATA2/3 ports and AHCI/IDE modes but nothing works... I finally booted with the WD drive and did an AS SSD benchmark on the SSD... My hopes are not high right now... Is there any way to recover this drive or is it pretty much dead?