[SOLVED] SSD corrupted

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Hello,

Today my main SSD corrupted. It no longer shows its full name in the BIOS, but only a small code, and it doesn't boot (no bootable device found bios error), I took it out and put it in a device that converts it into a USB drive, and connected it to a laptop. In disk manager, it says the disk is unknown and not initialized, but when I try to initialize it as either MBR or GPT nothing happens. Disk manager is also showing 20MB of unallocated space, out of the 1TB the disk has. I've tried to do something with AOMEI and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard but they feel a lot like viruses and constantly get stuck.
What can I do? Can the data be recovered? I don't have backups of quite a few files because I don't have any storage device capable of holding 1TB of data.
Thank you.

P.S. the "no bootable device" error appeared yesterday too, but after taking out the drive and checking it out on another computer all the files were there and no issues were reported, so I put it back in and it worked. I assumed it was an issue with the SATA cable connection, but apparently not.

P.P.S. Checking the disk with Gnome Disks app it says it's always asleep.
 
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USAFRet

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The warranty only covers the physical drive. Not your data or recovering it.

The only way to know if a recovery company can retrieve it is to give them the drive.
It may or may not be possible.

From your description, this is far beyond a home fix. So your only two options are....pay money, for a possible retrieval. Or give it up, and take this as a lesson for next time. Drive space is cheap, backup software is free.
 

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With SSDs, data that may be critical to successful data recovery can be hidden in spare blocks that aren't in the visible storage space and consumer data recovery tools. You need software capable of reading the raw NAND storage and parsing it like the SSD would to sift through the whole thing, figure out what the damaged blocks were and hopefully fix them good enough to retrieve the files you need.

If Windows won't even let you initialize the SSD, chances are the SSD's controller has bugged out. The only way to get data out of it may be specialist data recovery services.
 
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With SSDs, data that may be critical to successful data recovery can be hidden in spare blocks that aren't in the visible storage space and consumer data recovery tools. You need software capable of reading the raw NAND storage and parsing it like the SSD would to sift through the whole thing, figure out what the damaged blocks were and hopefully fix them good enough to retrieve the files you need.

If Windows won't even let you initialize the SSD, chances are the SSD's controller has bugged out. The only way to get data out of it may be specialist data recovery services.
The controller chip is a PS3111, and it does show up. Any chance this could help?
 
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If the SSD is displayed not by its model, but by the name of the controller, then the data cannot be restored at home. To do this, you need specialized equipment such as PC-3000
I hope the warranty with Pioneer covers it. Do these kind of companies have such equipment? The warranty is for everything except accidental damage, but I wouldn't want them to just take it and refund me without recovering any data.
How critical is this data?
Merely annoying to lose, or life changing to lose?
It wouldn't destroy my life, but I'd spend 300 euros to recover it. As long as the data is recoverable for a decent price, I don't need it immediately.
 

USAFRet

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The warranty only covers the physical drive. Not your data or recovering it.

The only way to know if a recovery company can retrieve it is to give them the drive.
It may or may not be possible.

From your description, this is far beyond a home fix. So your only two options are....pay money, for a possible retrieval. Or give it up, and take this as a lesson for next time. Drive space is cheap, backup software is free.
 
Jul 20, 2021
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The warranty only covers the physical drive. Not your data or recovering it.

The only way to know if a recovery company can retrieve it is to give them the drive.
It may or may not be possible.

From your description, this is far beyond a home fix. So your only two options are....pay money, for a possible retrieval. Or give it up, and take this as a lesson for next time. Drive space is cheap, backup software is free.
Okay, thank you
 

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