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Old Jan 13th 2017, 2:51 am
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Default SSD failed on me :(

Well today when trying to wake my laptop up from sleep I found that it was unresponsive. It would hang a while and then go into the BIOS - where no bootable partition was found.

The SATA device list only listed my HDD and not SSD. This was confirmed by using "ultimate boot CD", where I also unlocked the NTFS partitions of my HDD as they'd been locked by the previous hibernation/sleep.

A trip to Best Buy and finally i'm back online. Luckily all my work was backed up on One Cloud and so i've only lost time. I could have probably shopped around online and found a cheaper SSD... but I wanted one now.

The plus side is that i've doubled my drive space.
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Old Jan 13th 2017, 11:58 am
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Glad you had a backup.. So many people don't.

I've been lucky with SSDs so far. off hand I would say I have around 50 or so here and no failures yet.

What SSD did you get for your replacement?
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Old Jan 13th 2017, 12:08 pm
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Unfortunately, when SSD's die, they die hard - and without that backup you'd have been in a world of pain (though not SOL for getting back at least some of the data).

I've got a Samsung EVO SSD in my macbook that has been fairly rock solid so far, but my main box still runs something that spins (3TB western digital enterprise that was surplus stock ironically after a major SAN failure).
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Unfortunately, when SSD's die, they die hard - and without that backup you'd have been in a world of pain (though not SOL for getting back at least some of the data).

I've got a Samsung EVO SSD in my macbook that has been fairly rock solid so far, but my main box still runs something that spins (3TB western digital enterprise that was surplus stock ironically after a major SAN failure).
Most of the ones here are EVO 850s, with a smattering of Intel 540s and 750s I think.
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Old Jan 13th 2017, 12:26 pm
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Glad you had a backup.. So many people don't.

I've been lucky with SSDs so far. off hand I would say I have around 50 or so here and no failures yet.

What SSD did you get for your replacement?
Not too sure on the model without digging through the trash. It's SanDisk brand. Hopefully it will last a few years at least.
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Not too sure on the model without digging through the trash. It's SanDisk brand. Hopefully it will last a few years at least.
SanDisk should be ok

Seagates are the ones that I've mostly heard about, that suffer an early demise (their spinning disk's are pretty dodgy too).
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Moot now you have your data back. I've used this with success on SSD and spinning disks.
https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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Moot now you have your data back. I've used this with success on SSD and spinning disks.
https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
+1 for Spinrite
(and disk warrior for mac - for Linux, I recommend finding a corner to sit in and cry)
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Spinrite was actually a utility developed for regular harddrives not really for SSD.
Although it may 'work' on SSD's you need to be careful with this sort of powerful utility as the read/write actions may actually damage your drive and shorten its lifespan.
Use it as a last resort only!!
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Not sure if any of these would work given the SSD doesn't even show up to the BIOS. Just shows the SATA as unplugged.
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Originally Posted by calman014 View Post
Spinrite was actually a utility developed for regular harddrives not really for SSD.
Although it may 'work' on SSD's you need to be careful with this sort of powerful utility as the read/write actions may actually damage your drive and shorten its lifespan.
Use it as a last resort only!!
Spinrite was developed for hard drives, that is true. When it was created SSDs weren't even a thing! It has been proven time and time again to resurrect SSDs previous deemed 'dead'.

Everything wears, whether thats pushing electrons through floating gate transistors or the traditional platters of hard disks spinning on bearings.

Read the spinrite FAQ. Spinrite has different modes of operation.

The overly simplistic principals are the same for SSD as spinning platters. Read the data, check for errors and write is back.

HD recovery is always a last resort....
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Old Feb 2nd 2017, 5:47 pm
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Not sure if any of these would work given the SSD doesn't even show up to the BIOS. Just shows the SATA as unplugged.
If it's not showing up in the BIOS it *may* be that the ocontroller has died and the data may be intact (emphasis on maybe).

You've recovered your data from backup now so that's cool, but in the interests of anyone desperately googling for their dead drive with non-backed up/crucial data, a last ditch attempt would be to find a working controller (sacrifice a working drive), find an engineer to replace the controller (solder, solder) and pray.

In addition, using/monitoring S.M.A.R.T (which works for SSD's) is a good way to spot a drive about to die so that 'oh dear' doesn't turn into 'oh ****' .
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I have all my data backed up (Dropbox), but not my Outlook (which is bleedin' huge). Best way?
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I have all my data backed up (Dropbox), but not my Outlook (which is bleedin' huge). Best way?
Export to a file and move it off somewhere (dropbox / external storage).

PST, if you decide to go that way, has a rep of being somewhat buggy but I have never had an issue with it myself.
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You could also use IMAP instead of POP so you leave a copy of all emails on the server if having a backup is the main concern.
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