Question Any way to rescue seemly dying SSD?

Blastoise24

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I have a 240gb Sandisk Ultra II SSD that I had Windows on. Booting with the drive leads to the black windows loading screen with the little circle after BIOS for an eternity, followed by restarting. Recently I tried to install Linux on it, which brought up a series of errors, each of which seemed to reflect a dying drive (Input/Output error during write on /dev/sda, etc.) I've found 4 bad sectors on the drive.

Is there any way I can save this thing?
 

Colif

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I doubt you can fix sectors, most ssd have spare sectors they will use instead but if its something like reallocated sector count, there is no way to reduce it. Best idea is using another ssd that isn't failing in 2 OS.
 

Lutfij

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You can try and reinstall your OS and then give it a final nail in the coffin for the SSD. My other methods to see if the SSD is at fault would also to manually reinstall the chipset and necessary drivers in an elevated command(once OS is installed, this means disconnection from the internet before you input the name for the OS is installation). Often times Windows 10 does tend to conflict with other OSes, if the drivers are messed up or if Windows 10 is corrupt. I'm assuming Windows 10, mind you.
 

Blastoise24

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Seems like your SSD has exhausted all available write cycles.
Get a new drive, install windows. Recover data from old drive.
Hmm... Thankfully I've been able to recover the data via booting linux on a usb and then browsing the drive, but I only used this SSD for about 1 year. Would that be enough to kill it?

edit: actually more like a year
 

Blastoise24

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You can try and reinstall your OS and then give it a final nail in the coffin for the SSD. My other methods to see if the SSD is at fault would also to manually reinstall the chipset and necessary drivers in an elevated command(once OS is installed, this means disconnection from the internet before you input the name for the OS is installation). Often times Windows 10 does tend to conflict with other OSes, if the drivers are messed up or if Windows 10 is corrupt. I'm assuming Windows 10, mind you.
I'm going to try to reinstall windows and I'll get back
 
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Hmm... Thankfully I've been able to recover the data via booting linux on a usb and then browsing the drive, but I only used this SSD for about 1 year. Would that be enough to kill it?

edit: actually more like a year
Check what the manufacturer's warranty was for it. If its say 2 years and upwards you can get that replaced.
 
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The only way to recover data from SSD is to send it to data recovery laboratory. You should always make backups if you don't have at least RAID 1/5/6/10 etc. Read the full disk image with ddrescue, it will retry bad blocks and sometimes it will read all of them.


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The only way to recover data from SSD is to send it to data recovery laboratory. You should always make backups if you don't have at least RAID 1/5/6/10 etc. Read the full disk image with ddrescue, it will retry bad blocks and sometimes it will read all of them.
You should always make backups regardless of whatever raid you use. Raid is not a form of back up
 

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A 960GB Ultra II was the only SSD I've had die on me so far.
Dead, as in no access at all.

Sandisk was good about the warranty, though. Gave me a new one, even though it was a month past the 3 year warranty.
 

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