In some situations, your SSD (Solid State Drive) might fail to boot or might just die on your computer. Then, what will happen to all the data that is saved on the SSD?
If your SSD fails, gets corrupted, or crashes, you will think about two things:
Repair the SSD
Recover data from the SSD
Naturally, the second scenario is the one to be taken care of immediately. Let us look into some methods to recover data from a failed SSD:
Method 1-Retrieving data from a failed/dead SSD using a second computer:
In case you have two computers, you can make use of the instructions given below:
First, remove the failed/dead SSD from your source computer.
Next, connect the same SSD to a second healthy computer as a data disk.
Now, restart your computer and then see whether you are able to access the data that is saved on the SSD.
In case you can access the saved data, then no worries!
It indicates that the SSD is working fine and the issue is actually on your computer’s hardware.
But if you cannot access the data on the SSD, then continue reading…
Method 2-Recovering data from a failed/dead SSD by disabling TRIM:
Recovering data from a failed/dead SSD is much more complicated than doing the same on an HDD (Hard Disk Drive). You need to understand that the process executed on an SSD will be a lot different too. The reason for the difficulty in retrieving data from a failed SSD is that SSDs use a new technology known as TRIM. Because of the TRIM technology, when a file has been deleted from your SSD, the operating system will also erase its index. This index is indispensable for data recovery. Therefore, when TRIM is enabled, the recovery of data from an SSD becomes almost an impossible task. So, the solution is to disable TRIM. To ensure that TRIM is disabled, follow these steps:
On your Windows computer, launch the Command Prompt.
In the Command Prompt window, type, fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify.
After typing in the above command, press the Enter key.
You can be assured that TRIM is disabled if you find the result to be DisableDeleteNotify = 1.
Now, since you are sure that TRIM is disabled, recovering the data from your SSD will become very easy. The process will be similar to recovering deleted/lost data from any other storage medium.
You can now make use of a reliable data recovery software and then retrieve all the data from your failed/dead/crashed SSD.
We have now discussed a couple of methods to recover data from a failed SSD.
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