Data Recovery Case Study: Samsung 850 EVO SSD

We recently received a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5. inch solid state drive that a client wanted data recovered from. Our SSD data recovery team were able to successfully retrieve the client’s data from the device.

The client had installed the SSD as the main hard drive in their HP laptop, and it had been working perfectly fine for over a year. However, one day, the drive wouldn’t show up in the user’s BIOS, meaning their machine wouldn’t even start. When your computer starts up, it will search for a storage device to boot from, typically the hard drive or SSD where your operating system is stored. The storage device must be correctly configured as a boot device, and needs to have the correct data on it. If there is any problem interpreting this data, the machine simply won’t boot, and this is why the client got in touch with our SSD data recovery team.  

With hard drive data recovery, there are symptoms of failure that you can look out for in order to diagnose the problem, like a grinding noise coming from within the drive. With SSD data recovery it isn’t quite as easy, as SSDs don’t have moving parts. When an SSD fails, there’s no way for the user to guess which component might be at fault, and only an expert in SSD data recovery can normally diagnose the problem. Upon inspection, our SSD data recovery technicians were able to ascertain that the drive had suffered a logical failure. In this instance, the SSD’s boot sector had become corrupted; the boot sector contains important information pertaining to how the drive’s files are organised, which is why the operating system wasn’t loading upon booting. In this case, our SSD data recovery engineers were able to work through the logical corruption and read 100% of the solid state drive’s file definitions.

SSD data recovery is very different from hard drive data recovery, and many people assume that the lack of moving parts mean SSDs are less likely to fail. But it’s clear that SSDs can and do fail, and SSD data recovery relies on proprietary tools that are not commercially available. Data Recovery Specialists, together with partners, use the latest tools to deal with complex SSD data recovery cases, with ever-increasing success rates. 

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