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ULTIMATE MYSTERY: SSD Ghostly Invisible

My samsung 128gb SSD went had a boot error and was not recognized in bios unless a hard reboot but still wouldnt load. It couldnt be repaired with windows (various errors) so I loaded Ubuntu and still not recognized. I bought a SATA usb adapter, plugged it in and the drive only shows SYSTEM RESERVE in windows computers and locks up everything. In Ubuntu, I can see the first set of files but if I click into a folder ubuntu grays out and locks up as well. I desperately need my files off this drive and I feel like they are there but I have no way to get them. I have tried everything and this is truly the ultimate mystery. Help if you can! Thanks!!!
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    Looks like the drive has failed. For data recovery you will probably need the help of a data recovery service. Think of it as an expensive lesson in why to keep important data backed up.
  2. Try one of these. I'd start with number 1. http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/applications/best-free-recovery-software-1141256

    Data recovery from a bad hard drive often works, sometimes not, stop using the drive until you are ready to recover
  3. What can a data recovery service do that I can will get these files back? The drive is under warranty as I just built the PC less than a year ago. Is there any way I can get these files back myself? Is this the sad truth? Why is it visible in ubuntu but now windows?
  4. How can I use these program if I cannot access the full drive in windows, just the SYSTEM RESERVE file (that is empty in windows although it shows space taken, and if visible with the files in ubuntu)? Also, tried Recuva but this SSD freezes any program that is trying to run as long as it is attached so I can even use the program to identify the drive.
  5. harrisme28 said:
    How can I use these program if I cannot access the full drive in windows, just the SYSTEM RESERVE file (that is empty in windows although it shows space taken, and if visible with the files in ubuntu)? Also, tried Recuva but this SSD freezes any program that is trying to run as long as it is attached so I can even use the program to identify the drive.


    If the recovery software wont see it then the drive is probably bad, but that's just a reasonable supposition, there might be some other option I am unaware of. Be sure to try the drive with a different cable and on a different sata port. A bad cable or port is always a real possibility.
  6. Well, it was a faulty hard drive. Just wanted to say thanks and give you guys the followup!
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