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Windows 7: Possible to recover a mSATA SSD?

3 Weeks Ago   #11
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Interesting.



But under Hardware IDs there is no ID. So maybe that could be a problem. I can tell you that this small mSATA SSD mounted in the USB reader is a dead drive. I bought the USB mSATA reader in hopes that I can low lever or secure erase the drive to bring back to life. So since the drive is dead, and it is in fact flash-based, that too could be why it isn't showing up like it should. Thus my inquiry here to see if anybody knows how to acces the drive and preform a low level format or secure erase. I'm sure hard drive experts could do it, but I wonder if those tools can be downloaded?


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3 Weeks Ago   #12
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Just looking at a flash drive that I have plugged in, there is no hardware ID shown for it. The driver is shown though. You didn't say what is in the Driver section.

Have you tried plugging it into your other computer?
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3 Weeks Ago   #13
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Plugged it into the laptop and this is what I have. What do you mean driver section? If you mean the Driver tab, that just says Microsoft.



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3 Weeks Ago   #14
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

From what I can find, that driver is for the adapter.

Can you see the SSD in Windows Explorer and/or Storage Devices in Configuration Management?
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3 Weeks Ago   #15
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From the first post.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
Well, the drive shows up under Windows, but only in Disk Management as a removable drive. I can't even format it there or anything. There is no drive under My Computer and in Parted Magic the drive isn't detected at all.

I'm assuming it's not able to be used because the drive is dead. That's why I ask here to see if something can detect it and low level format it.

Look at post #9 as well.
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3 Weeks Ago   #16
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

The way I look at it, either the drive is not getting power from the adapter or, if it is, the drive is not usable.

On the other hand, I looked at the website where you got that adapter. He has two similar ones and the last characters in the descriptions for one is MZ and the other is DLUS. He also has numerous other ones. How the heck does a person know which one is suitable for their device?
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3 Weeks Ago   #17
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I bought it on eBay.
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3 Weeks Ago   #18
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

I was looking at the "Similar Sponsered Items" at the bottom of the page where you bought your adapter. The first one there is the one with the DLUS at the end of the name. I don't understand the differences between the devices which are supposed to do the same thing. One of my biggest concern would be that the number of pins on the SSD and the adapter are the same. However, it seems your Desktop sees the attached SSD as a drive so that shouldn't be an issue.
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2 Weeks Ago   #19
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just bought a mSATA SSD drive on eBay for testing to make sure this adapter works. Once that arrives I'll give it a test.
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2 Weeks Ago   #20
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, I got my new mSATA SSD and placed it in the USB adapter and still Windows doesn't see the drive. It's the same scenario with the mSATA SSD I'm trying to secure erase. So this leaves me to believe one of two things: A) the USB SSD drive adapter is a dud, or B) I need some sort of driver for this adapter even though the USB connected Windows sound is played and my laptop told me the device can perform faster in a USB 3.0 port.
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