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SSD file recovery help

Today my computer SSD drive has failed. The computer turns on but won't boot into windows (nothing happens). It is a Lenovo w-520. Is there any way to get info off the hard drive or am I ****? Have any of you been able to recover files from an SSD? Any help would be much appreciated.

Edit: It is seen in the bios but won't boot. Tried an enclosure but it isn't detected.
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There's disk recovery outfits (you pay but there's no guarantee of recovery) so the question is how much is the data worth to you.

If you were using Windows, hopefully you had data backed up to the cloud.
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b3lb3l wrote: Today my computer hard drive has failed. The computer turns on but won't boot into windows (nothing happens). It is a Lenovo w-520. Is there any way to get info off the hard drive or am I ****? Any help would be much appreciated.
does it spin

Remove the drive and put it into another computer, not as a window drive, but as a secondary.
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badOne wrote: does it spin

Remove the drive and put it into another computer, not as a window drive, but as a secondary.
I put it into an enclosure and nothing is detected on there. I guess I am sool.
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An SSD wouldn't spin or make noise.

Where are you located? Can you grab a drive enclosure or dock and smack it on another computer to try?

If not swing by a local Bestbuy and ask if they can see whether the drive shows on their computer. I only say Bestbuy cause I've had them do it and it's painless with no cost to check. Other companies have been inconsistent.

Data recovery is expensive if the physical drive has failed, I'd make a decision on how much it's worth to you.

If you're in the Burlington or surrounding area I'd be happy to help check it for you on one of my systems. The data recovery part I can't do much about tho :(
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DarkMasterMX wrote: An SSD wouldn't spin or make noise.

Where are you located? Can you grab a drive enclosure or dock and smack it on another computer to try?

If not swing by a local Bestbuy and ask if they can see whether the drive shows on their computer. I only say Bestbuy cause I've had them do it and it's painless with no cost to check. Other companies have been inconsistent.

Data recovery is expensive if the physical drive has failed, I'd make a decision on how much it's worth to you.

If you're in the Burlington or surrounding area I'd be happy to help check it for you on one of my systems. The data recovery part I can't do much about tho :(
Thanks. I tried an enclosure and it's not being detected. Looks like I am screwed. I will need data recovery. Suggestions?
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I know this is a long shot, but do you have any backups?
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b3lb3l wrote: Thanks. I tried an enclosure and it's not being detected. Looks like I am screwed. I will need data recovery. Suggestions?
Just to be clear, when you say you tried an enclosure and it isn't detected, what do you mean? Are you plugging it into a different computer and seeing if the drive is detected?
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I was too tired to type out something for you but you are pretty much SOL when it comes to SSD data recovery. If you want to spend $$$$ not $, or $$ or $$$.

There are places in the GTA that do this professionally and I guarantee you it’s not cheap.

“Every HDD contains a magnetic disk (or stacked disks). ... And while they might not last as long and are vulnerable to physical damage, recovering data from a failed HDD is reportedly easier than from SSDs. SSDs on the other hand use a different type of technology that doesn't rely on the moving parts of an HDD.Mar 8, 2018“
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ugly wrote: Just to be clear, when you say you tried an enclosure and it isn't detected, what do you mean? Are you plugging it into a different computer and seeing if the drive is detected?
I have it plugged into a second computer via usb as a mass storage device and it is not detected.
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b3lb3l wrote: Thanks. I tried an enclosure and it's not being detected. Looks like I am screwed. I will need data recovery. Suggestions?
I see your profile says toronto, like I said if you're near the Burlington area I can try to offer some troubleshooting help. But as mentioned, usually data recovery on SSD's (even HDDs) is expensive. Generally $500-$600 to start? I've found recovery is a bit trickier since its not a standard platter/disc system with a reading head. Now you're playing with small circuitry and chips.
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Have you checked with some of the paid recovery softwares? Download the trial version and see if they detect the drive.
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ChibaK wrote: Have you checked with some of the paid recovery softwares? Download the trial version and see if they detect the drive.
If the drive isn't detected by the computer software is useless.
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b3lb3l wrote: Today my computer SSD drive has failed. The computer turns on but won't boot into windows (nothing happens). It is a Lenovo w-520. Is there any way to get info off the hard drive or am I ****? Have any of you been able to recover files from an SSD? Any help would be much appreciated.

Edit: It is seen in the bios but won't boot. Tried an enclosure but it isn't detected.
Instead of an enclosure try another laptop (another lenovo from around the same time period is most ideal) that can accept the same interface. It also means you'll be using that SSD as a windows drive meaning more chance of data being overwritten. Short of paying loads of money you dont appear to have many options.
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death_hawk wrote: If the drive isn't detected by the computer software is useless.
I had a similar issue where Windows did not identify one of my hard disks. I took it out and connected externally but it would not detect. However if I went into Disk Management it would show. The recovery software also identified the drive.

Note: you would need another computer to do this...
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ChibaK wrote: The recovery software also identified the drive.
Can you recommend recovery software? Do you remember what you used?
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b3lb3l wrote: Can you recommend recovery software? Do you remember what you used?
try EASEUS Data Recovery to restore lost partition and raw data. I had sucess with an harddrive not seen in windows but show in bios.
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death_hawk wrote: If the drive isn't detected by the computer software is useless.
That's not true. If like he said it's seen in bios, then he has a chance. I was able to recover data in raw HDD.
If you loose the partition table, then windows will not the see the drive. But you may rebuild it or at least get some data back. I did this this many times with HDD.
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elgros4 wrote: try EASEUS Data Recovery to restore lost partition and raw data. I had sucess with an harddrive not seen in windows but show in bios.
:) That's what I trialed as well. I was too cheap to buy the full version and tried the eBay method.

FYI - not worth trying to get a key from eBay...
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Try DMDE - DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery Software.It did wonders for me on a dropped drive when everything else failed.

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