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Lost SSD With Important Files Please Help

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August 7, 2013 11:45:56 PM

Hi everybody,

System Specs:
Asus P8 Z77-V Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
16 GB Ram
Crucial m4 64 gb SSD
1TB Seagate hard drive
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB


I'm having a really serious problem. Today I was doing some video editing in Premiere pro when my system crashed. Upon reboot I was stuck on the windows logo for a very long time until I reached the blue screen of death. I thought that windows was corrupt on the SSD, which was where my windows 7 was installed. I had some really important information on the SSD besides the boot files though, so I really can't format it. I reinstalled on an empty partition on my 1 tb harddrive instead. It worked out ok and I can access all of my harddrive information, which is great, but my SSD disappeared completely. It might be important to note that my SSD had been acting up since I got it. Everytime I reboot, I had to go to the Efi Bios menu to manually select the SSD for boot, I could never get it to be the automatic primary boot drive. Sometimes it flat out disappeared, but I would reboot and it would be there again. I realize that much of this is my fault for not backing up my important files, but I really need help. I have deadlines for my projects within the week and I need to finish them.

I've tried messing with all of the settings in the efibios menu but nothing changed, I tried http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD/How-... and it looked really hopeful, but it didn't work. I'm quite desperate right now, please help.

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August 8, 2013 12:13:44 AM

Try connecting it externally using a USB to SATA adapter, or an enclosure. If that does not work, I wouldn't mess with it any more. SSDs are very different in the way they store data than traditional HDDs and recovery is not that simple. If the data is really important to your work, take the drive to a data recovery company.
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August 8, 2013 12:27:53 AM

Crucial m4 was good but it is no longer good anymore.
Buggy firmwares, etc. are destroying the m4 reputation.

so...
Did someone update the firmware of your m4? try to reflash the one you have before which was working fine.
But before you try anything else, you have to try to connect your m4 to a USB converter a.k.a making it as an external drive and try to tave the data first.

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August 8, 2013 9:49:52 AM

Yeah, I had already ordered a usb to sata III enclosure that looked reliable. I understand that this may be my last option before going to try and get data recovered. Is there anything else that I could try that won't damage the SSD?
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August 8, 2013 10:39:35 AM

You won't damage your SSD, if it is not already broken.
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August 8, 2013 11:54:55 AM

So I got an external 2.5" hard drive enclosure, by Dynex. I plugged it in to my PC with the new windows install and at first it didn't recognize it as a drive. Then a few minutes later, after I tried plugging it back into the usb port, it recognized the drive. But at this point there are no files shown on the actual drive. I look at properties and 50gb out of 60gb are used, yet I cant actually see any of the files. I know that used 50g of space contains what I need, but I cant actually access it. Does anybody know what's going on?
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August 8, 2013 12:59:09 PM

I would first see if partition recovery software can find the partition. if that fails I would then go for data recovery.
http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/
http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-reco...

There are other software out there. I use Testdisk myself but its command line driven and not everyone cup of tea. Perhaps others can recommend other easier to use utilities.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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August 9, 2013 12:52:40 AM

popatim said:
I would first see if partition recovery software can find the partition. if that fails I would then go for data recovery.
http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/
http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-reco...

There are other software out there. I use Testdisk myself but its command line driven and not everyone cup of tea. Perhaps others can recommend other easier to use utilities.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk


The general rule you should ALWAYS follow in cases like this is:

If your data is not so important, or if you can find it again from some other source if something goes wrong, go ahead and tinker with the drive as much as you want.

If you don't have any way to obtain that data again and if it is very important/valuable to you, DON'T DO ANYTHING. Try the external adapter and if it doesn't work, go to a professional. You can't risk more damage and as I said before SSDs are very different than normal HDDs. If the problem is more than just a filesystem issue, you risk damaging the drive even more. Data from SSDs is hard to recover as it is, even for professionals. Don't do anything if you are not experienced in data recovery yourself.

SSD data recovery is still a new field. The problem is that unlike HDDs that are pretty much standardized in the way the head reads and writes data, SSDs still have different proprietary systems and encoding ways to store data on chips. Systems that manufacturers prefer not to share with anyone, including data recovery companies. So there are cases were it simply cannot be done.

Anyway, I hope it's not that serious and you can recover everything. I've done this several times and have yet to encounter an unrecoverable drive. I would never touch one that had really important data though...
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