timtomas

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I understand that SDD drives don't have mechanical parts like normal hard drives.

1) But is there any possibility that they would fail?

2) If they fail, what do they fail from?

3) If they fail, how do I recover my data. For normal hard drives, I can always take my drive to a recovery center (which charge a lot of money, but still I know it's possible to recover the data).

I know that SDD are faster, but I don't want to move to that direction without knowing what I'm dealing with.

 

ram1009

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SSDs have control circuitry just like HDDs do and it's just as likely to fail and for the same reasons. I've never had to recover data from one but I would think it much cheaper as much of the expense is about handling the platters.
 

Here are two interesting links:

http://www.storagesearch.com/ssd-recovery.html
http://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/devices-supported/ssd-data-recovery/ (you should call them to find out if recovering SSDs actually is less expensive than hard disks)
 

cuecuemore

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1) Of course
2)Three reasons I could think of: bad controller, bad interface(SATA, etc), or one of the chips is actually bad.
3)Same as a normal hard drive. Data recovery specialists could do it and it would cost a lot, unless the chip that you need the data from fired(kind of like a physically damaged platter) Can be backed up the same way a hard drive can: RAID, NAS, clouded, etc.