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Windows 7: SSD Dead - "Not Initialised" - Data Recovery?

21 Sep 2017   #1

Windows 10 Home 64bit
SSD Dead - "Not Initialised" - Data Recovery?

Good Day,

when I started my PC today it send me straight into the BIOS.
This had never happened before and after some searching I found out that my SSD wasn't being recognised any more (worked perfectly yesterday). The problem is that my OS & all my software is installed on my SSD. My data and any games installed are located on two other HDD's so there not effected.

So I took the SSD out of my PC and hooked it up to my laptop (running win10) using an adapter. When I open Disk Management it tells me the drive is "Not Initialised" (screenshot attached). Ive already done some research online so im pretty sure its dead. However I sadly did not make any backups of my SSD (the HDD's yes just not the SSD )

I am aware that the SSD is probably not going to be usable again, and thats okay. However I would very much appreciate getting back the Data stored on it (as im not sure if everything is safely stored on my HDD's). Is there anyone that could help me with the recovery?

Thank you in advance!

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21 Sep 2017   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Don't intialize the disk.

Have a look with a 3rd party partition manager

e.g. Aomei partition assistant Standard edition

AOMEI Partition Assistant: Partition Software & Disk Manager for PC, Laptop and Server
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21 Sep 2017   #3

Windows 10 Home 64bit

Hey, thanks for the quick reply
I downloaded it and it shows me pretty much the same result
What exactly did you have in mind?
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21 Sep 2017   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Does it show the drive as unallocated space, or not at all?
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21 Sep 2017   #5

Windows 10 Home 64bit

Its simply blank.
It does show up but thats it
Heres a screenshot:

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21 Sep 2017   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You could try System rescue cd, or parted magic, maybe Linux will see the drive. If so, you can try test disk for data recovery.
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23 Sep 2017   #7
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

If the controller on the SSD has died, then there is likely no hope of rescuing the data. It would require a controller replacement, which most of us mere mortals cannot do, as it requires very specialized equipment.

If the data is very important, you could try sending the drive into the manufacturer for repair, but they will likely reinitialize the drive wiping your data. The other possibility is a data recovery service, but be prepared for a hefty bill if you do that.
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23 Sep 2017   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Sadly, when SSDs die, any data on them will usually, if not always, be irrecoverably lost. This isn't a put down of SSDs, it's just the nature of the beasts (more on this in a moment). I wish I could give you better news.

This is too late to help you now but, if you are able to get the failed one working again (unlikely but possible) or you replace the SSD with a new one, you need to start backing up your data on a regular basis. Any drive, no matter the quality, can fail at any time without warning with no hope of recovery. The only way to ensure the safety of your data is to have it in at least three different places, typically your computer, an onsite backup drive, and an offsite backup drive. Onsite backups can be stored in a drawer or shelf away from the computer, Offsite drives can be stored in a locked drawer or locker at work or school, at a trusted friend's, neighbor's, or relative's home, or in a safe deposit box at a financial institution. If budget constraints won't allow two backup drives (we've all been there), even one backup drive will be much better than nothing until you can afford the second drive.

Backup drives must be kept disconnected from the computer except when updating a backup. I also recommend keeping the OS, programs, and games segregated from data to make backups more efficient and faster. This can be done with separate drives or separate partitions. For the System (OS, programs, and games), imaging is the best way to back those up. an image is essentially a snapshot of your system and, like a photo negative, can be used to restore the drive in the state it was in when you made the image. I, and many others here, recommend Macrium Reflect Free.

While imaging is required for backing up and restoring the System. It's too inefficient and much too slow for backing up data. For that, I recommend using a folder/file syncing program, such as FreeFileSync. When set to mirror, they work by comparing the data drive (or partition) to the backup drive, then copy in new or changed files on the data drive that aren't on the backup drive. Any files on the backup drive that aren't on the data drive get deleted from the backup drive. When finished, the backup drive will essentially be a clone of the data drive. FreeFileSync has a feature called versioning that can be used to send the deleted files to a versioning folder or drive. This helps to protect from loss due to accidental deletion, etc. I strongly recommend using Versioning.
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