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Data Recovery on SSD Hard Drives

SSD hard driveIn this post we look at rescuing the data from unresponsive SSD hard drives that have stopped working. If you need to understand what an SSD hard drive is you can click this link to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive.

SSD Data Recovery

Question: I have a Seagate 500MB external hard drive SSD which I have had for about 3-4 years. I was using it to view files when it froze, so I switched off the laptop after waiting a while and now the drive is not recognised anywhere, including disk + device management. When plugged in, it initially makes a low beep/buzz that sounds as if the disk is trying to spin but the head is stuck. Soon after, the light starts the flash. Then the noise stops and the light continues to flash. I would desperately like to retrieve the data from it.

Answer: I suggest your disk is a hybrid drive (containing both SSD and HDD characteristics) rather than a full SSD as you mention that they hard drive is trying to spin. SSD hard drives have no moving parts and instead store the data on large memory chips. SSD data recovery is quite different to HDD recovery and exponents such as Data Clinic in the UK are masters at retrieving the data from SSD hard drives.

Retrieve Data from a Bitlocked SSD Hard Drive

Question: I have an external SSD hard drive that I was trying to Encrypt with Microsoft bitlocker. During the encryption process the PC turned itself off. The hard drive is now locked and I can’t unlock it with the password I set or the recovery key. It states that it is not recognised. Can you recover the data in the hard drive, reformat the hard drive and put this data back on?

Answer: It might be possible to retrieve the data from your SSD hard drive. It far easier to manipulate the firmware microcode on an SSD that it is on an HDD and because of this, SSD's can often be programmed to release their data far more easier. Whether it's possible to recover the data from your SSD will depend upon what type of drive it is, what the fault is, and whether we are able to write a program to overcome the problem.

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Recovering Data on SSD

Solid state drive adoption will persist to develop and it is going to be more than ten years before it is finally replaced by a fresh memory technologies, experts said. Also SSD's are not a magic pill - they still fail.

SSDs are becoming more attractive as NAND flash memory gets faster and cheaper, since it provides flexibility in usage as a RAM or harddrive option, said attendees and speakers in the Hot Chips conference in Stanford, California on Sunday.

SSDs assembled on flash-memory are now considered an option to spinning hard-disk drives, which have achieved their speed limit. Mobile phones have moved up to memory sticks, and also a significant number of light and thin ultrabooks are changing to SSDs, which are smaller, faster and more power efficient. SSDs are poised to replace hard disks in server infrastructure, and however, the enterprise market still relies mainly on spinning disks, experts said. One of many grounds: SSDs are still more expensive than hard-drives, though flash price is coming down quickly.

"It is going to be considered a very long time until NAND flash runs out of steam," said Jim Handy, an analyst at Objective Analysis, within a presentation.

Handy predicted that NAND flash will probably be replaced by 2023 or beyond. The ability of SSDs is expanding as NAND flash geometries get smaller, so scaling down flash will become tough, that may increase the demand for a recent sort of non-volatile memory that doesn't rely on transistors.

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