Recovering data from dead SSD

  • equus77

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    Jun 25, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    Hoping I might get some help from any computer experts. My SSD HD died Sunday night. I have a 2009 17" MBP. The only way the computer works now is with an external hd hooked up via USB.

    I haven't backed up as recently as I should have (shame on me). Is there any way to recover files from the dead SSD? The drive doesn't show up at all in the system. Thanks for any help!
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    Jun 25, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    Take the MBP to an Apple store, or to an Apple-certified repair shop. There is a chance some other part of the board has failed, which can be replaced, or a bad connection fixed, or the SSD can be removed and your data transferred to another device.

    But a solid state device has no moving parts, and if it's failed internally I'm not aware of any way to bring it back to life. But let Apple confirm this.

    I have an SSD in my iMac, but I use it only for the applications. All data is stored on a conventional internal hard drive, plus I use Time Machine software to automatically backup to a second external hard drive. Address Book and Calendar data are also stored in iCloud, to share with our other devices. It would therefore be very difficult for me to lose all my data due to component failure. Fire or robbery would be different, as I don't use outside third-party storage except for limited info in iCloud

    I realize a notebook is a different animal, but mention this for the benefit of others, too.
  • equus77

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    Jun 25, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    Thanks. I did take it to an Apple certified store and they did confirm that it was the drive. Fortunately I don't think I've lost too much that is important. Most of the pics I want to save are on my phone or can be transferred via Time Machine. It's just a pain to reload everything.
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    Jun 25, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    equus77 saidThanks. I did take it to an Apple certified store and they did confirm that it was the drive. Fortunately I don't think I've lost too much that is important. Most of the pics I want to save are on my phone or can be transferred via Time Machine. It's just a pain to reload everything.

    Interesting thought - I don't myself know if the thousands of pic files I have on my iPhone and iPad are at the same full resolution as I have in my iMac, or if they're reduced. A quick check tells me the iPhone photos take 13 GB of storage, but I've never tried to download a pic from the iPhone, so I could compare with the original stored on the iMac.

    So I just now did that, and the iPhoto original is 1.8 MB, whereas the iPhone download of the same pic is smaller at 1.2 MP. BUT, the iPhoto original had been cropped, and iPhoto keeps the cropped-out part, even though you won't see it until you crop again. Apparently iPhoto exports only the cropped image, though, and that's what gets synced to iPhone and iPad, the smaller cropped version.

    So, if your iPhone has images you edited in iPhoto, you'll only have the final pic, not the full original that iPhoto retains. But at least the resolution is preserved in the iPhone, so that's good. And pics you haven't edited will be the same file size in the iPhone as your MBP had.
  • TDSmoove

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    Jun 25, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    Back-ups man. Always gotta have them. SSD are better but if you bought one a few years ago they were really hit or miss unfortunately. And once they're dead... They're dead.
  • somedaytoo

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    Jun 25, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    I save all my important stuff on SkyDrive. Now, my computer is interchangeable if it dies. Good luck with the drive though.
  • equus77

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    Jun 25, 2013 11:54 PM GMT
    Thanks, lesson learned. Like I said, haven't really lost anything too critical. Will have to look in to some kind of cloud backup for important files.
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    Jun 26, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
    If you run OS X from a hard drive attached via USB, does your SSD show up on your desktop as an external volume?
  • equus77

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    Jun 26, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    mujock83 saidIf you run OS X from a hard drive attached via USB, does your SSD show up on your desktop as an external volume?


    No, I can't see the SSD at all. All I see is the external.
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    Jun 26, 2013 2:43 AM GMT
    Your SSD is dead. Data recovery on those are very difficult to impossible. If you really want your data back, you're gonna have to send to a shop that specializes in this sort of thing. And that costs some big bucks.