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Windows 7: Possible to recover a mSATA SSD?

3 Weeks Ago   #1
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Possible to recover a mSATA SSD?

I have a netbook that's on 24/7 for my personal basic FTP server and Team Speak server. About every three years it seems I have to replace the HDD. Thankfully I clone the HDD to a USB stick just in case of disaster. The last time the HDD went out I thought it was due to me having the page file on. So I disabled the page file and upgraded the RAM for a total of 2 GB. But the HDD went bust again despite that. Flash forward a week here and I bought another replacement HDD on eBay and for the hell of it I bought a USB 3.0 mini PCIe mSATA adapter to see if I can somehow resurrect the old drive with a secure wipe using Parted Magic. 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.

So I was just wondering if perhaps there's some tool I could use to secure erase the drive, and that the tool can actually see the drive?

This is what I bought: USB 3.0 to Mini PCIE mSATA SSD mSATA to USB 3.0 SSD not need USB cable 970232194788 | eBay


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Hi F22 Simpilot-

The title of your thread indicates you want to recover a SSD but the wording of the problem indicates you want to recover a HDD. I wonder if you would clarify that?
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm wanting to know if there's software out there that will detect and secure erase a mSATA SSD.
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Take a look at the info Here ... When to Run a Low-Level Format or Secure Erase on Intel(R) Solid State... may lead you in the right direction - If you can get the drive to a low level format state or a secure erase state then you should be able to start from scratch
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

If you connect the drive and then boot your system, does Windows install the device driver for it?

What type of volume is shown for it. If it's unallocated, I would create a volume that's the same size as the drive, if possible.

Then I would check to see if it provides the format option.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wither 2 View Post
If you connect the drive and then boot your system, does Windows install the device driver for it?

What type of volume is shown for it. If it's unallocated, I would create a volume that's the same size as the drive, if possible.

Then I would check to see if it provides the format option.

Like I already mentioned. When I plug in the USB 3.0 mSATA PCIe adapter the computer doesn't see it under My Computer. But it shows up in Disk Management, but I can't format or do anything with it.

In a nutshell, the drive is undetectable. So in order for me to see if I can low level format and try to recover it, I need to be able to see the drive in the first place.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

I didn't know if you added the adapter/drive hot or whether you did that before booting. Did Windows ever say it was going to install the driver for it?

Is the drive shown in Device Manager? I don't know if the adapter would be seen there.
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't recall if Windows said it installed the driver or not. I'll have to see if anything is detected in Device Manager. The only thing I saw was a removable drive show up in the list of drives in Disk Management. But when you right clicked the box to allocate, format, and all that nothing happens. There's no context menu that normally shows up to format a drive, etc.

I'm on my laptop now, but when I get back on my desktop, or if I try the device with my laptop I'll check it out and do a print screen.

A little disconcerting now that you mention the driver thing because Parted Magic which uses Linux never IDed the drive either. So not sure if this is indeed hard drive related (which I think it is), or the mSATA drive adapter its self is faulty. I wouldn't think so since I saw it IDed in Disk Management. So that tells me at least there was that communication about some drive and it correctly said it was removable or something like that.
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So when I plug in the mSATA PCIe USB adapter I hear the Windows USB connection sound. In Disk Management I see this.







Right clicking that box renders nothing. There are no options of format or Allocate, etc.
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

I assume you have the drive connected to the adapter when you do that. From what I understand, the drive will be powered up by the USB port.

You didn't say what is in Device Manager for this setup. I was trying to figure out if a driver is needed. I would think this would be listed under portable devices.

I'm mystified by this. I have a HDD that isn't bootable but I can connect it to my system and read everything on that disk. I can move files from and to it and, also, format it, etc. Of course, it's not mSATA and the reason for it being un-bootable may be different than why you can't boot your SSD..
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