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Strange SSD problem: ssd detected, unbootable, un-explore-able

Savagefool
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I haven’t seen a case like this anywhere but it’s a strange one.

I basically woke up one day while my laptop was on to find there was no boot drive.

It’s a Samsung 840 SSD

Since then I’ve tried a Windows 10 boot recovery usb which didn’t work.

 

So I took it too my pc. Here is what I’m seeing:

It appears in the BIOS, cannot boot from.

unable to get through boot screen to Windows at all until removed.

I changed slot to hotswappable and insert after pc boot. The drive appears instantly in Windows with the expected amount of space used up. 

However I can’t do anything with it.

If I attempt to open up using explorer, Explorer crashes, if I attempt to Chkdsk it just hangs.

Samsung magical device could see it after a very long wait but came up as unknown device.

 

After a while the disk just disappears from device manager and explorer completely until I reconnect.

 

Any ideas on how I can repair this? 

 

 

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You cannot. If you don't update firmware earlier, it's no chance to do anything now.

I was problem with one SSD before (not Samsung, but similar symphtoms). Was dead and I ever wrote "dead" on it. After about month I decided to check if it working and plugged it again - and it magically start working! :) Don't know why, but works. I give it to my friend with info that "it may be dead very soon". That was 3 months ago.

Maybe that was connector, who knows. Maybe I connect it different, with more strenght.

 

Unfortunatelly, advice like "wait few days and try again" is worthless, so I don't know. I only wish you good luck.

 

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There has to be a way, surely, if I can see the device I must be able to side load something at least long enough to pull the data off it 

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Try different sata cable, maybe different controller (if you have access to another computer). Who knows - maybe it starts somehow.

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Ah so I’ve got a new error:

The type of file system is raw.

It takes me 2 hours or so to get that message.

Trying a Chkdsk /r onit now 

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NAND page or black may have failed. Does it work after a check disk?

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After Chkdsk. 

Stated cannot Chkdsk raw disk.

 

The type of file system is raw. 

Cannot Chkdsk a raw drive. 

Or something like that.

 

Goddammit back to the drawing board.

 

i found a link for “fixing” it through EaseUS but that didn’t work either.

easus finds nothing and then the computer loses connection to the inserted drive.

Adding the drive pops it back up but no dice. 

I can see how much data is taken up by the drive which is right. But opening or changing anything is impossible. Also, that the drive is read as raw is the only clue I have. Except that only happens when I run Chkdsk, by which point the computer disconnects the drive. 

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Can you secure erase it? That might do it. I’ve had it fix an issue similar to this before, no guarantee.  But that erases all data. As another member said, putting the drive to the side for a month or so can some times bring SSDs back to life too...happened to 3 I killed or was given as dead. 

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How strange. Okay I’ll do that for a month or two. Thanks you two

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