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Windows 7: SSD stopped working properly

01 Feb 2017   #21

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit

Ok I will try that later.

It seems some software can see it and some can't. Test Disk sees it but only lists it as a "D: Drive" rather than a "Disk" where as it shows my working HDD as both "C: Drive" and a "Disk".

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01 Feb 2017   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Try bootice .Then we will go to TestDisk. While in bootice, after taking the screenshots, keep the mouse pointer inside the sector map window and use the mouse roller to roll through all the sectors from 2048 onwards. If it is not all zeros, your data is still there.

I didn't even want to mention TestDisk earlier because it is dangerous if you do not know how to use it. But it now seems you have already tried your hand on it. :) .

As for TestDisk you should only follow the step by step instruction given by me and never jump my instructions and experiment on your own. But that later.It is highly interactive and depending upon the screens you get one has to decide upon what command/step should be performed next and even I have to analyse the screen, think and decide upon it. It is not a set procedure. So do not hurry up. We shall do it step by step. More often than not we may have to go back and forth many times.I have noted that it is shown as Drive I. We will decide what next to do when we come to it.
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01 Feb 2017   #23

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit

On Bootice it shows in the list of drives but when I select it I receive an error message.

Read File Failed! The System cannot find the file specified
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01 Feb 2017   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

OK then. On to TestDisk. Since I am already sleepy I am hurrying up a little :).*yawn*

Download from here TestDisk Download - CGSecurity. You should only download the Windows version ( second in the list) and not the Windows 64 bit version. Run testdisk_win.exe

First Screen No Log Enter

Second Screen: You already said that your 120GB SSD does nt appear as Disk but appears as Drive I:

In that case highlight Drive I: ( Make sure you select the correct 120GB Drive by its drive letter. [Proceed] is highlighted. Press Enter.

Third Screen: Highlight [None] (if not highlighted already) and Press Enter.

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Fourth Screen: Highlight [Advanced] if not highlighted already and press Enter.

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Fifth Screen: Do you see a partition highlighted?

[Boot] is highlighted ??? No, we don't want it. Move the highlight to [List] using the Right arrow key and then Press Enter.

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Do you see your folders/files? If you see you have struck Gold. Mackenna's Gold. Post a screenshot.

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If you hit dust during this procedure, close TestDisk and blame jumanji. He has nothing else to offer. Seek professional data recovery.

In case you see the folders and files How to copy?

You must plug in another external drive with adequate space. Create a folder named Recovery. That will be your destination to copy. After this rerun TestDisk till you reach the screen showing the folders. Copy to J:/Recovery ( if your external drive shows as J: in TestDisk. )

Post #28 here My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated: on how to.

I am hitting the sack now. Report how it went. Good luck.

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01 Feb 2017   #25

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit

I can see the partition. If i change the type to NTFS then press list it says cant open filesystem. Filesystem seems damaged.

Is it worth trying to create an image of the partition and then putting the image onto another new drive to try repair/restore from there?

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01 Feb 2017   #26

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit

Update Jumanji, I AM GETTING SOMEWHERE!! I thought to myself that windows is getting me nowhere and isn't helping so as a last resort I will try a Linux live boot CD, specifically system rescue which includes Gparted and test disk as I am sure you know.

Started up via boot CD, loaded Test disk. It sees my SSD as a disk not a drive! Ran analysis, it finds my lost partition but notes no partition is bootable. But it sees it as an NTFS partition. I select list files......VOILA THERE ARE ALL MY FILES AND FOLDERS! I tried to write partition table as per your guide on these forums which it said was successful. Rebooted back into windows but unfortunately the problem remains. What would you recommend from here? Shall I just try to copy the files?

I will await on your response now as don't want to take the wrong steppes
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01 Feb 2017   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

You did a good work all except trying to write the partition table instead of copying the files. :)( If a Partition table could be written PW would have done it. The Partition Recovery Wizard proved beyond doubt that no partition table could be written. In fact no Partition Start point @Sector 2048 was found)

Yes, do rerun TestDisk from SystemRescue CD and if the files are listed copy them - Post #28 here My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated: on how to. ( BTW, The System Rescue CD must be having an older version of TestDisk. The older versions will show only Disks and not drives. And that proved to be a boon in your case. I am still wondering why TestDisk running in Windows did not list files even after you asked it to consider the file system as NTFS ( changed Type ) (to the point I was almost giving up in desperation.:) ) I will ask just this question: Are you sure you are using the Windows version of TestDisk and not the Windows 64 bit version which should be used only on 64 bit systems lacking WoW64 ?))

Our effort should always be to grab the data first if those are seen and then only make any effort to write anything to the disk to restore the disk as a whole.

As long as you do not give a Write command like [Rebuild BS] you are ok. You are not making any undesirable/wrong writes to the disk.

We shall try to restore your disk and do all that jugglery only after you have copied all the files and will lose nothing when such an effort goes haywire or not possible because of a bad sector - in this case a bad memory chip at a crucial point in the disk.

Keep us posted about further progress.
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02 Feb 2017   #28

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit

Yes definitely running the Windows version of test disk and not the 64bit version. Like you say, an older version of test disk is a bonus for me in this case it seems!

I will hopefully copy the files tonight, I have received my new SSD today (Kingston 240GB) so I will copy the files over to that. My steps will be -

Connect new SSD drive. Boot up, check bios detects drive, boot into Windows - initialise and format new SSD to NTFS using Disk manager. Create a folder called Recovery on the new SSD

Boot into Linux using SystemRescueCD. Launch Test disk

(Hopefully!) Bring up the list of missing files on my damaged SSD.

Recover all files and folders to new SSD.

Report back here
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02 Feb 2017   #29
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

If you are able to recover data (and I hope you do), your final step should be to get another drive or two (HDD or SSD) and make a backup or two of your data. The next time you have a drive failure, you may not be lucky enough to recover your data unless you have backups you can recover from.
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02 Feb 2017   #30

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit

Yep I plan to get a spare HDD just for back up images. What software would you recommend for creating and restoring clone images of both HDD and SSD?

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