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Last updated: Dec 30, 2022

How to Recover Data from Dead or Crashed SSD

When people want to change their hard drive, they typically switch from HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to SSD (Solid-State Drive). This is because SSD is believed to be better and have higher security than HDDs. But then, it doesn’t mean that you can’t lose files from an SSD device; data loss also occurs on SSD devices.

When you lose files from an SSD, the recovery process is the same as that of an HDD; however, you just need to have a data recovery software that supports SSD recovery. In this article, you’ll learn the best practices to protect files saved in your SSD device and how to attempt recovery if you lost some.

Is SSD Data Recovery Even Possible?

The simple answer is yes. You can recover lost data from an SSD device. But for SSD data recovery to be successful, there are things you need to know – ever heard of the SSD TRIM? The TRIM command is usually automatically enabled by Windows 7 to 10 when you use an SSD as your primary hard drive.

TRIM command helps to improve the functional speed of an SSD and also prolongs the lifespan. Disabling this command is not advisable, but some advanced PC users do have it disabled for specific (technical) reasons. If enabled, the TRIM ATA command allows the OS to tell the SSD to delete data from specific blocks that are no longer in use to improve read/write speeds.

The operating system triggers the TRIM command, and as such, if data loss occurs due to a sudden power failure, file system corruption, software error, partition loss, or other similar reasons, the OS won’t have time to carry out “Trimming” on the SSD, hence, making SSD data recovery possible.

How to Increase Chances of Successful SSD Recovery?

If TRIM is enabled on your Windows PC, for each time the command runs, every file lost from the SSD up to that time becomes practically irrecoverable. So, to increase the chances of successful SSD recovery, you should try to perform the recovery before the TRIM command runs or simply disable the command. Here are some tips that can help.

Remove the SSD Immediately

If you notice that some important data and files are missing from your SSD device, it is advisable to shut down the system and remove the drive immediately. Yes, you may convert it into an external drive and connect it to another computer to carry out the recovery process. This is because if you leave the SSD on that PC and reboot, the TRIM command will run automatically (if enabled), making data recovery almost impossible.

Pick a Reliable SSD Data Recovery Software

Not all data recovery apps can successfully retrieve lost files from an SSD device. You have to make your choice carefully. The DiskInternals Data Recovery software apps (Uneraser and Partition Recovery) can read and recover files from SSDs with up to 95 percent efficiency. SSD data recovery is time-sensitive, so you must act fast.

Disable TRIM Command

If you have just one system and the primary drive is an SSD, you may want to disable the TRIM command, so even if you lose data from the drive, you won’t have to be in haste to recover it or start looking for someone to lend you their PC so you can use for the recovery (as explained in the first point).

To disable TRIM, open the command prompt as admin and run the following command: fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 1. After that, run the check command to confirm TRIM has been disabled; the check command is fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify. The output should be DisableDeleteNotify = 1 (Enabled) to prove TRIM is disabled. You can re-enable the TRIM command anytime you wish; it actually helps to improve SSD read and write speeds.

How to Recover Data from SSD on Windows 10

Well, enough of the TRIM command skepticals. Using a professional SSD data recovery software, you can still get back your files from an SSD device, regardless of the TRIM status. The whole information about TRIM is to improve the chances of successful recovery.

With TRIM disabled or removing the SSD and putting it on another PC, the chances of recovering all your lost files can get to 99 percent, and on the flip side, the chances could be lower than 92 percent. So you see, you can still recover your files either way – you just need a good app.

DiskInternals Uneraser is a powerful data recovery software for recovering data loss due to minor scenarios such as deleted partitions or corrupt file systems. If you need to recover files from a badly damaged SSD, then you should use DiskInternals Partition Recovery. Notwithstanding, Uneraser and Partition Recovery are guaranteed to recover files from SSDs efficiently.

The DiskInternals Data Recovery tools support all known file systems, including FAT12/16/32, APFS, ExFAT, RomFS, HFS+(Mac), Ext2/3/4, ReFS, NTFS, and others. DiskInternals data recovery apps come with a built-in Wizard interface to guide the users every step of the way, making the apps extremely easy to use for everyone – both experts and novices.

Use DiskInternals Uneraser for easy and fast recovery

Step One:

Launch trial version of Uneraser.

Download and install DiskInternals Uneraser software on the PC (or another PC if you’re disconnecting the SSD from the main computer to avoid TRIM command interference). Then launch the Uneraser software and select the affected SSD device.

DiskInternals Uneraser - recovery window wizard.

Step Two:

Recovery Wizard Uneraser - choose disk or folder to scan.

Select the file formats you want to recover (you can select all file types) and proceed with choosing Full Recovery mode. This mode will search deeply into the SSD and recover any chunk of file in hidden partitions.

Recovery Wizard Uneraser - select file type.

Step Three:

Recoverable files are marked with red cross.

Wait for the scan to run completely (it may take a long time, depending on the data volume), and you’ll see the permanently deleted files marked with a red asterisk. You can preview the recovered files for free before proceeding to re-save them or export to remote storage via FTP.

Save the recovered files to computer or ftp.

DiskInternals Partition Recovery for complicated cases

The DiskInternals Recovery tools support all known file systems, including FAT12/16/32, APFS, ExFAT, RomFS, HFS+(Mac), Ext2/3/4, ReFS, NTFS, and others. DiskInternals data recovery apps come with a built-in Wizard interface to guide the users every step of the way, making the apps extremely easy to use for everyone – both experts and novices.

Step One:

1. Download The App

Download and install DiskInternals Partition Recovery software on the PC (or another PC if you’re disconnecting the SSD from the main computer). Then launch the recovery software and select the affected SSD device.

Step Two:

2. Launch The App

Select the file formats you want to recover (you can select all file types) and proceed with choosing a recovery mode. The Fast Recovery (Uneraser) option recovers recently deleted data; choose the Full Recovery option for wholesome recovery.

Step Three:

3. Choose a Recovery Mode

Wait for the scan to run completely (it may take a long time, depending on the data volume), and you’ll see all your lost files indicated with a red asterisk. You can preview the recovered files for free before proceeding to re-save them or export to a remote storage via FTP.

4. Preview The Partition

Note: While file preview is free, saving the recovered files requires the license.

Can Data Be Recovered From a Failing SSD?

A failing SSD means that the solid-state drive is bad – constantly crashes – and has many bad sectors, logically. When a storage drive fails, it becomes difficult for the computer to read and access the data saved on the drive, which can affect data recovery efforts. So, if faced with such a situation, you have to take extra steps to recover your files from such a drive.

One of the things you should do is to create a Disk Image of the failing SSD using a reliable software like DiskInternals Uneraser. The disk image will serve as a cloned version of the SSD in an image format. Once this is achieved, you can scan the Disk Image using a professional data recovery software – Partition Recovery – to retrieve your lost files.

Yes, data can be recovered from Disk Images when you use the right tool. Thus, when your computer starts exhibiting signs of a failing hard drive (in this case, SSD), it is advisable to stop saving new files to the drive, back it up as a disk image, and get another (new) SSD where you can restore the disk image to.

Accidentally Deleted Data/From an SSD Drive?

Don’t panic. In whatever way data was lost from your solid-state drive, you can still recover it. DiskInternals Partition Recovery can retrieve data from SSD devices, regardless of the data loss cause. So, whether you accidentally permanently deleted files from your SSD device, you can still have the data back.

Of course, there are plenty of other data recovery software applications that can help you recover accidentally deleted files from SSDs, but you should use a trusted one for higher efficiency and data security. But then, before using a data recovery software, have you checked the “Recycle Bin?” the deleted file may still be hiding out in there.

How to Restore Data from a Corrupted SSD?

If the DiskInternals Uneraser was unable to recover the files you needed to get back, then you should try Partition Recovery. DiskInternals Partition Recovery is a more advanced software with higher efficiency in recovering files from all kinds of storage media. Interestingly, you don’t have to pay until you recover all the files you ever wanted to get back.

In Full Recovery mode, DiskInternals Partition Recovery will attempt to fix corrupt SSDs and repair the file system structures; so, basically, this is not only a data recovery software, but it also helps to repair corrupt partitions and drives – a complete solution for all your data recovery needs on Windows OS.

Best Practices SSD Protection

Are there any tips on how to protect SSDs? Well, you can never be too protective to prevent data loss. But then, these best practices can help you to a great extent if you key into them.

  • Don’t allow your SSD to be completely full – once the storage is getting used up, get a bigger SSD and transfer your data from the old (small one) to the new (bigger one). You may consider splitting data between the two by setting up a RAID.
  • Disable the TRIM command if you know you may not be able to act very fast when data loss occurs.
  • Always be mindful of how you physically handle the SSD device; don’t let it fall to the ground for any reason.

Conclusion

This article comprehensively explains how to recover files from SSD devices and how you can protect your files in an SSD device. You may want to install a data recovery software forehand so that when data loss occurs, you won’t be caught in the web trying to be in haste.

DiskInternals Data Recovery apps – DiskInternals Uneraser and Partition Recovery – are two impressive data recovery solutions for Windows OS; they can recover data from SSDs, regardless of the data loss cause, and they are easy to use. You don’t also have to pay until your files are fully recovered.

FAQ

How do I recover files from a faulty SSD?

DiskInternals Uneraser is a powerful data recovery software for recovering data loss due to minor scenarios such as deleted partitions or corrupt file systems. If you need to recover files from a badly damaged SSD, then you should use DiskInternals Partition Recovery. Notwithstanding, Uneraser and Partition Recovery are guaranteed to recover files from SSDs efficiently.

Can a failed SSD be repaired?

One of the things you should do is to create a Disk Image of the failing SSD using a reliable software like DiskInternals Uneraser. The disk image will serve as a cloned version of the SSD in an image format. Once this is achieved, you can scan the Disk Image using a professional data recovery software – Partition Recovery – to retrieve your lost files.

Is it harder to recover data from an SSD?

Yes, recovering data from an SSD is really difficult. By default, SSDs have TRIM enabled, which implies that deleted files and formats would entirely wipe out the SSD, rendering data recovery impossible.

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