How to Recover Data From an SSD Hard Drive

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Can Data Recovery Software Help to Recover Files From an SSD?

Yes, but some factors affect the probability of a successful SSD file recovery. TRIM technology is used to make SSD drives more efficient. It increases their lifespan and improves data writing speed. If TRIM is enabled, it is highly unlikely that data recovery software will be able to restore your information. In cases where TRIM is disabled, you are having performance issues with the drive or have accidentally formatted a partition, SSD data recovery may be possible with software.

How to Restore Files From an SSD Hard Drive?

To recover data from an SSD drive, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install Disk Drill.
  2. Connect the SSD drive to your computer, launch the app and choose your drive from the disk list.
  3. Click the Search for lost data button to scan for deleted files and folders.recover data from ssd drive

Disk Drill’s recovery process can be used to extract data before you are faced with the prospect of a dead SSD. This can be a critically important exercise if your drive is showing signs of degradation such as missing and corrupt files or extremely long response time. If your SSD is experiencing these types of problems, it’s in your best interest to get your files to a safe place before the condition worsens.

Standard data recovery practice is to stop using the disk on which you will be searching for lost files. This is true for SSD restores, and you should cease using the device as soon as you realize that you need to perform data recovery. Many times the SSD disk will be your computer’s main storage device. If this is the case, you should perform the recovery from a different machine.

Failure to follow this advice may result in overwritten files or data corruption during the recovery process. These issues can also occur if you save the recovered files to the affected drive.

What is an SSD?

The acronym SSD stands for a solid-state drive. It is a nonvolatile storage media that employs solid-state flash memory to store data. SSD drives are comprised of two main components which are flash memory chips and a flash controller. The underlying architecture of an SSD is optimized to allow fast read and write performance when satisfying sequential or random access data requests. SSDs do not use mechanical platters as do HDDs. Data is electronically stored in banks of flash memory where it can be rapidly located and accessed.

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SSDs and more traditional mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) differ in a number of ways. Some of them are:

  • Impact on battery life – SSDs use less power than HDDs which results in longer battery life and is one of the reasons they are favored in laptops.
  • Faster OS boot time – An SSD will boot your system in approximately one-third of the time it takes for an HDD to perform the same function.
  • Cost – SSDs are more expensive per gigabyte of capacity than HDDs.
  • Noise – No noise is produced by an SSD since there are no moving parts in the device. HDDs produce audible spinning and clicking sounds.
  • File write and copy speed – SSDs are substantially faster when accessing data than HDDs, providing speeds of up to 550 MB/s on high-end drives.
  • Heat production – SSDs produce less heat than HDDs due to the absence of moving parts and lower power demands.

The benefits of SDDs have made them extremely popular in laptops. Since the potential for data recovery may be reduced when using an SSD, it is critically important that you engage in a regular practice of backing up your data.

Why Solid State Drives Get Corrupted

Solid-state drives can get corrupted in several ways. Among them are:

  • Power surges – Due to the architecture of solid-state drives, they are more susceptible to corruption related to power surges than an HHD drive.
  • Malware – An SSD can be affected by malware which can lead to file and data corruption.
  • SSD wear – Though less liable to be impacted by wear than an HDD, the flash memory components can wear out and result in data corruption.

You should pay close attention to signs that your SSD may be corrupted. Take action to back up the data or create a byte-level backup to enable data recovery if the corruption gets worse or the drive totally fails.

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Did You Know?

Solid state drives are being manufactured to hold incredible amounts of data. Nimbus Data has an SSD drive that boasts a capacity of 100 TB. They designed the drives with the intent of improving the acceptance of flash memory for edge and cloud computing, where the capacity of HDDs still makes them the first choice in many scenarios. A single drive can hold 20 million songs or the data from 2,000 iPhones and can help reduce data center power and cooling requirements.

FAQ

Q: Is it possible to recover lost data from an SSD with TRIM?

A:
Yes, but it is not likely that data recovery software will do the job. You will need to use a professional data recovery service or restore the lost data from previously made backups.

Q: How long does an SSD retain deleted files compared to an HDD?

A:
When TRIM is enabled, data is permanently deleted immediately upon receiving instructions from the operating system. An HDD will retain the deleted data until it is physically overwritten, giving data recovery software a chance to retrieve lost files and folders.

Q: I’m looking for free data recovery software for my SSD drive. Is your tool free?

A:
Yes. The free trial version of Disk Drill for Windows enables you to recover 500 MB of data without upgrading to the Pro version. You can also take advantage of the data protection tools built into Disk Drill with the free version of the app.

Conclusion

Performing data recovery on a solid state drive poses challenges that are not present when recovering a mechanical hard drive. If TRIM is enabled, deleted files will not be recoverable using data recovery software. However, Disk Drill for Windows can help recover from accidentally partitioning an SSD and is an excellent tool for retrieving data from a failing drive. At the first signs of trouble with your SSD, you should strongly consider using Disk Drill’s capability to create a byte-by-byte backup that can be used for data recovery if the SSD does indeed fail.

Jeff Cochin is a data management and recovery professional, who has been with Pandorarecovery for nine years and has always been an essential part of the team. Jeff also works as a technical writer at Macgasm, being a first hand in testing, trying and writing about big and small tech software.