Question

SSD won't show up in my computer

Jan 23, 2017 8:17AM PST

I have a 120gb SSD that is 100% full from another machine. It stopped booting windows. The machine doesn't even recognize there's a hard drive when booting and skips to try a network boot. So I put the SSD in a machine as a secondary drive to try to recover data from it. I initialized the drive and brought it online using Disk Management, but I still can't access the files on the drive. Under Disk Management it shows the SSd as Disk 0 and it being online. It also shows the other Hard Drive which is running windows. It does not show the capacity of the SSD, nor does it show anything at all in the window to the right where you should see partitions. It's just blank. Also when I right click on the disk everything is greyed out except convert to dynamic or convert to GPT (both of which dont work because the disk is full). properties and offline. Like I said it does show the Disk as online... Any ideas???

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NEVER.
Jan 23, 2017 9:20AM PST

When in recovery, NEVER do anything that writes to the drive because that can overwrite and make matters worse.

I don't know why this basic rule was ignored but go get RECUVA and see what it shows.

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Recuva
Jan 23, 2017 9:51AM PST

For one I haven't done anything to make it need to over write anything on the drive since the PC failed to boot. But Recuva isn't working because it doesn't detect the SSD. It shows the hard drive in the PC which used windows to boot, but I don't need to recover anything from this one. It's weird. My machine knows a drive is hooked up, but it's like because the drive is totally full it can't access it.

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Re: full drive
Jan 23, 2017 10:18AM PST

Windows should see a full drive also. Consider the option that it has gone south. Confirm that suspicion by booting into a GPARTED disc or booting into a Linux disc or stick (easy to make) and run GPARTED from there and see what that says about the disk.
But first you might like to try your favorite Windows partition manager (such a Aomei, free also).

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You possibly wrote to the drive.
Jan 23, 2017 10:40AM PST

"initialized the drive and brought it online using Disk Management, "

If nothing needs to be recovered just follow Kees' advice about GPARTED to remove all partitions and start fresh.

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