SSD dying, can't access it without Window's crashing. How to recover files?

I have a SanDisk 120GB SSD that was running strong for 18 months, but now is essentially dead. It was my OS drive, and over the weekend I noticed I couldn't stay powered on for more than 5 minutes before the system froze up and crashed, requiring a complete power cycle before the drive would be detected again.

I've installed the OS on a spare HDD so I'm back up and running, but I've got about 10GB of photography work on the SSD that I absolutely need to recover. Booting from the HDD, I can't access the SSD as a secondary drive for even 20 seconds now.

Does anyone have any advice on how I can recover my needed files?

Sort of unrelated, I'm using an IcyDock converter to connect the drive. What is the probability that the issue lies with the converter and not the drive?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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  1. I've never heard of the converter, so I can't speak to it. Never used one. Why do you need it? If you haven't tried the SSD w/o it, by all means do.
  2. Best answer
    First of all, yes, obviously try it without using any sort of drive cage/converter/etc if possible. Hell, if you have two computers in your household try using that. Other than that, I'm going full speculation here. I've never had a dying drive that I've needed to recover as all my important data is on a raid set up, and, I've yet to have that completely fail on me yet (/fingerscrossed). So, take this all with a grain of salt, if someone else recommends something better, go ahead and try there's first as they probably have done it before.

    Anyway, I've heard lots of good things about "DDRescue" (Or just DD in this case, as the HDD isn't technically dying, it's just dropping) being able to recover data, you might want to look into that.

    Oh, and, I've also heard some things about SystemRescueCD located here:-

    But, first (obviously) try it without the converter.
  3. just connect the ssd using a known good sata data and power cable. it doesnt have to be mounted in an enclosure like that.
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