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Help regarding corrupted SSD

My 240gb SSD got corrupted.
I attached the SSD to my laptop using a Sata to usb and tried to check the partitions and maybe format the drive. While the SSD is connected, Diskpart fails to open. Same for Disk Management. Both work as soon as I disconnect my SSD
So I decide maybe secure wipe will work. I download two or three applications for secure wipe and same thing with them. They fail to open with the SSD connected. Starts immediately as i remove the SSD. If i connect the ssd after opening the application, it does no show up in the disk list.
The ssd shows up in explorer when connected via usb, though everytime i attempt to go into the drive explorer crashes.

What are my options at this point?

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Post was last edited on September 21, 2018 4:03 PM PDT

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Re: corrupted external SSD

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1. Get the drive out and put in in another enclosure. If it works now, it's fine.
2. Get the drive out and connect to directly to a SATA slot in a laptop or PC. It it works now, copy all data to another disk, delete all partitions and make new ones.
3. If no luck with #1 and #2, it's time for a new external drive.

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Corrupted ssd

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I do not use this as an external drive. This was the boot drive in my pc. I tried connecting it to other sata ports. No difference. I am not worried about the data in the ssd.
I cannot delet partitions as both diskpart and disk management don't work with the ssd connected. I always have the 3rd option as my last resort obviously, but i want to try all other ways to fix this first.

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That's where HDD's are better than SSD's

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typically an HDD begins to fail gradually as worn areas on the disc develop. Less often the reading head fails, making all data inaccessible. In that case it's like an SSD, which seems the greatest failure in them is to lose everything at once.

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Who told you that?

In reply to: That's where HDD's are better than SSD's

That is false. SSDs, unless you drop them onto the floor, generally fail very gradually with NO loss of data before the bad health of the drive is reported. Many will report their health overtly, via a message on your screen, or with software provided free by the manufacturer; others (and those) you can easily monitor with an app like Open Hardware Monitor (

These applications will start displaying deteriorating SSD health long before there is risk of data loss, giving you plenty of time to transfer the data to an existing or new drive.

It is HDDs that tend to fail catastrophically without warning.

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Was it corrupted in the original computer?

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Not obvious from your first sentence. If it was in the original computer, it sounds like a failed SSD and it's gone. If not, try putting it back in the original machine, not as an external drive. See if it will boot, if not, try a bootable CD/DVD/Flash drive based partitioner and see if it can see it.

The reason I suggest this is that I replaced a HDD with a SSD and used the clone software that came with the SSD in an external caddy (it was a laptop, so I couldn't put it in the machine directly). It seemed to complete normally but wasn't recognised on completion, when swapped into the machine - Operating System not found on boot. It turned out that the laptop had Secure boot enabled and was expecting the disk to be GPT but in the external drive the cloning software had cloned the original GPT HDD to the SSD as MBR (the original format on the SSD). You might be running into a similar compatibility issue but my bet is the failed SSD is more likely.

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Small world

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I have an old SSD that failed like this and no OS can touch it. It was a good thing I had backups of what I couldn't lose so your story sounds like mine. A failed SSD.

-> As a last HURRAH go get GPARTED. What this is and how to use is on the web but if the drive is good GPARTED will boot and you can try removing all the partitions to make it a blank SSD to try again in Windows.

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would you trust it after that?

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"you can try removing all the partitions to make it a blank SSD to try again in Windows."

I wouldn't.

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