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Windows 7: SSD operating system not found - disk not initialized

21 Aug 2016   #1

Windows 7
SSD operating system not found - disk not initialized

I have a dell xps 13 9333 which was working fine

I restarted it and I got operating system not found

It has a Liteon 512gb msata SSD LMT-512L9M-11

The SSD is detected in bios. I have connected the ssd to a caddy to try and access via another laptop

However I am unable to do that as well

It does not appear in my computer. When i go to disk management it shows disk not initialized and unallocated

If i try to even create a partition it says Cyclic redundancy check

I have attached some images that may help
Currently i am trying to find partitions using minitool partition wizard. its currently on 33%. Will post a screenshot once thats done

Please can anyone advise what I can do as i need to recover my work from it


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21 Aug 2016   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

It looks as if your SSD might be bricked. Unfortunately, with a bad SSD there isn't much that you can do to recover the data if the controller is bad.

I hope you have backups.
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22 Aug 2016   #3

Windows 7

Unfortunately no I dont have a backup

Ideally need to recover the data
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22 Aug 2016   #4

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86

In my own BAD experience with a PNY SSD, when it goes (bad) it goes! Like sticking a pin in a balloon!
Bang, and it's gone! I called PNY, where I bought the SSD, and they refused to help me. That SSD was less than three months old.

No backups? Well, that's why I and others scream at the top of our collective voices: Backup! Backup! Backup!

So, Kiss that old SSD goodbye, and don't buy that brand again. My personal recommendation would be to get a SanDisk SSD. I have two of them, and they work great, and the SanDisk Dashboard that comes with the drive, is GREAT.

Good Luck,
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22 Aug 2016   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I believe all ssd's die fast if they are bad/ defective....
Only hard drives have a slower death :)

RMA it
One of my Crucial MX100's died in Linux and they sent a refurbished one back = not crazy about getting a refurbished one back but what ever

Pretty much why system images to a totally separate hard drive are needed now days
Way too easy to do for free
Imaging with free Macrium
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22 Aug 2016   #6

Windows 7 HP 64

As any other complex machines, computers are in risk to failures. If they fail or stolen and you don't have a backup, sit down and cry. Don't understand how people put their lives on a computer without a backup.
- On OEM computers, first thing to do is to create the factory recover disks. Most users don't even know what they are for.
- Always backup your files to an external disk, at least once a week. Treat it carefully and leave them at a safe place at home or at the office.
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22 Aug 2016   #7

Windows 7 HP 64

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22 Aug 2016   #8
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A3CIB View Post
Unfortunately no I dont have a backup

Ideally need to recover the data
If it were a spinning disk, you might be able to recover some data. Or possibly replace the control board from the bad disk with an identical model's controller (I've done that myself).

However with an SSD, the data is locked in electronic chips and you need a controller to access it. It sounds like the controller has gone bad on you, or a part from it. The problem with an SSD is that the controller and the drive are all one piece of electronics. There is no way to fix the controller.

If it's under warranty, contact the company and see what they can do. If they can't do anything, I'm afraid that you've lost your data.
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22 Aug 2016   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

If SSD initialization means only the equivalent of old-style platter-driven hard-drive's FAT and DIR areas are wiped AND that the whole SSD is not wiped in some way, you MIGHT have an ultra slim, very slim, chance -- using a high-quality data recovery program, and even better, using a high-quality data recovery tech in your area -- of recovering your files, however such may well turn out like: aaaa0001, aaaa0002, aaaa0003, and so on. I say this only if Initialization leaves the data area alone, if Initialization means wipeout -- then you will no chance of data recovery. The more I think about it, you are probably going to be on your way to recreating, re-downloading, rewriting, your data folders and files.
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