Solid state drives (SSDs) utilise flash memory chips to store data rather than a moving platter found on hard disk drives. Because of this, hardware damage isn't as common, but media degradation is. With the continued spread of solid state drives, data loss problems are becoming all the more common. 

Solid state drives are very different to hard disk drives and so are the data recovery techniques required. Current SSDs feature compression, wear-leveling, de-duplication and high-level encryption protocols. These features and the controllers are proprietary to each manufacturer, hence our approach to recovering the data will differ for every SSD.

Through our SSD research and development teams, we have built a close relationship with manufacturers such as SanDisk, SandForce, Kingston, PNY, OWC and Transcend. Our data recovery technicians have completed more SSD and NAND flash recoveries than any other service provider.   

It is difficult to tell when a SSD is going to fail. Hard disk drives often exhibit strange mechanical noises as they begin to fail, but with no moving parts there are no audible warning signs when an SSD fails. However, the electrical parts do wear out and generally this is what causes SSD data loss, although wear-leveling attempts to handle this media degradation.  

With the latest in JTAG and chip-off technologies, we are able to interrogate memory chips directly. Overcoming automatic SSD hardware or software encryption does present a challenge, but with literally thousands of SSD decryption tools and 'decryption-on-the-fly' process at our disposal, our data recovery success rate for SSDs is slightly higher than HDDs. 

Our statistics for last year

hard drive data recovery tick  189 solid state drives were received for diagnostic evaluation.
  ssd data recovery tick 2,534 decryption algorithms in our archive.
  ssd drive data recovery tick 93% data recovery success rate for solid state drives.
  ssd drive data recovery tick 14,322 spare parts catalogued and stored in our solid state drive library.


Bad Blocks

Much like bad sectors on hard disk drives, solid state drives can have bad blocks. These are typically identified when your computer attempts to read or save a file, and it takes a long time or ends in failure. If this happens you'll get an error message, and active applications will often freeze up and crash.

The File System Needs Repair

This error message can appear on the screen of you Windows or Mac machine and is normally a sign of a problem with the connector port. The message will continue with "the application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.   

Frequent Crashes During Boot

If your machine crashes during the boot process, but works after hitting the reset button, the chances are the drive is to blame. This is a common sign of a dying drive.

Drive Becomes Read Only 

Your SSD could refuse to let you write data to the disk, but still work in read-only mode. While the drive might appear dead, your data is still recoverable. 

Files Or File Structure Is Corrupted

If the BIOS can recognise the hard drive, but cannot access the data or mount the partition, logical failure is most likely. Chances of a successful outsome are good, providing no data recovery software has been run on the hard disk drive  


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