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Windows 7 SSD crash

Ok, during a iPhone sync, the system seemed to be hung up and was taking a very long time. I thought there was an issue so I turned off the computer by holding down the power button. (Yes I know that was stupid and I know better, please put my stupidity aside...) so when I restarted I got a missing BOOTMGR error so I tried to to repair with my windows install disc. Auto repair did not work, I’ve tried multiple cmd repair commands. Nothing seems to help, and I’m not sure but that may have made things worse.? I decided to boot up with a different HDD in hopes to either repair the ssd or at the very least get some files I need off the drive. FYI, the windows repair disc does not show an OS to select to repair so I don’t know if that’s another problem. So that’s the first part of the problems. The SSD is listed in my bios, it is listed in device manager and also listed in drive manager. Device manager Shows no issues with the drive, other than it only recognizes 8mb on a 120GB drive. Drive manager says the drive is offline, there is no drive letter assigned and also only recognizes it as 8mb. The drive does not show up when clicking on “my computer”. If I initialize the drive and follow the prompts, the system wants to format the drive. (If I format it will erase everything, right?) I do not let it format the drive so it still cant be read as the drive is listed as raw. Also, when restarting the computer, that drive returns to offline. Is there any way to save this drive. Or at the very least get my files off of it? I know there are many software file recovery options available but until I can get the drive to work or be recognized I can’t use any of those software options to retrieve any data.
Thanks for any help or info.

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SSDs tend to blow out like a light bulb.

This fail and recovery is in the thousands of dollars as the only shop that did such would have to find another drive of the same make and model to move the flash chips from the old to the new drive and hope the data survives.

HDDs tend to have other failures where the file system is the problem but flash can be no recovery most of the time.

-> I'm sure you know about backups so I won't get into that.

If the data is worth retrieving figure about 1 to 9 thousand USD to get it back. It's not trivial work and some luck will be needed.

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So you’re saying...

So you’re saying that I need to see physically take the drive apart or send it to a drive repair shop to retrieve the data?

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If you take it apart

The recovery houses will likely not accept it for recovery. It's been a one way ticket to the bin.

All skill levels arrive here so if you were to take it apart I hope you have the usual PGA, reball and more gear and experience. The reflow machine runs about 4 grand so it's rare to find a member with that or access to this workstation.

Again, I do not want to mention that backup of 120GB is cheap. Let's hope that as a seasoned Windows 7 user you know to prepare for this day.

In closing I take it you tried the usual titles of RECUVA and the dozen others at https://www.ubuntupit.com/top-15-linux-data-recovery-tools-the-professionals-choice/

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Unfortunately

Unfortunately there is no backup disc or image file to restore. All restore points were saved on that drive.
Thank you, I will check out the link above.
I did try easeus, but it does not detect the drive unless I initialize the drive. And then it only finds the 8mb partition with zero files.

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PS. I actually did not say the data can be retrieved.

There are cases where it's worth retrieving. Long ago a few hundred megabyte Novell server drive had to be retrieved (because court cases in the millions of dollar range) and the recovery was 24,000 USD. The drive recover house was Drivesavers.com. Stellar work and as you expect, personal service since it was one of the tough and expensive recovery jobs.

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Yes I know you did not say that

Although the data is important to me it's not worth that much. Maybe $100 is what id spend, if I had too.

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If 16 apps fail.

Then the drive is usually dead and not a file system failure. This moves it into the over 1,000 buck recovery house category. Unlike HDD where they have 300 buck recovery offers, SSD is a whole different animal.

Such a loss can be where folk learn why so many write about backups. But once in a while the client/member/person is in crisis mode and will yell "Not helping." So I try to avoid that discussion till they are ready.

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Just found this
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If you format it. USE QUICK.

Then DO NOT INSTALL WINDOWS. This will be just an empty drive that was quick formatted that you took this as a last DIY chance so you could try a DEEP SCAN WITH RECUVA.

If you do a long format or install an OS to this drive, you obliterated any chance of recovering any files.

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Got it

Well I got the drive working again and back to 120GB. Unfortunately, all data has been lost. I did do the quick format per the directions I found. The drive needs to be formatted in order to reset the drive back to the full capacity. In addition, I still had to do a second quick format in order to make the drive scannable with Recuva. The drive needed to be initialized and formatted as it was set as RAW.
Thanks for all the info you provided.

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Are you sure you used the DEEP SCAN?
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yes, I used the deep scan

I have scanned using the wizard and without using the wizard. Every time I have made sure to check deep scan. It does pick up about 23 files, but I believe they are all related to fixing the drive.
They are all dated from the weekend...

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Sounds like the fix for the size

Commanded the drive to do an erase rather that just writing out a new table of contents MBR etc.

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