An Essential 6-Step Guide to SSD Data Recovery

An Essential 6-Step Guide to SSD Data Recovery

If you have recently suffered a data loss disaster and your SSD drive is one of the devices affected, then this article is for you. SSDs are becoming more and more popular due to their fast read and write speeds, but they are also susceptible to data loss disasters. This article will walk you through the essential steps that you need to take in order to recover your SSD data.

Call For Professional Help 

More often than not, it's better to find someone who can recover your data for a living. Experts know what the design of an SSD card looks like, so they can quickly find, and then extract your data. This is especially important if you can't access your data due to file system damage or logical failures. 

If you're not comfortable calling for professional help, you can try some DIY data recovery methods. However, these are often unsuccessful and can cause further damage to your SSD card. So it's best to leave the job to the experts. 

When looking for a reliable data recovery service, do your research first. Read online reviews and compare pricing. It's important that you find a service that is trustworthy and has a good track record. 

Format The Drive 

You need to format the drive in order to make it readable again. This is a fairly simple process that can be done on most computers. 

First, open up the Disk Management utility. This can be found by searching for "disk management" in the Start Menu. Once you have opened up Disk Management, select the drive that you want to format and right-click on it. Select the "Format" option from the menu.

A window will pop up asking you what formatting options you want to use. Make sure that the "Quick Format" option is selected and then click on the "OK" button. The formatting process will begin and should only take a few minutes to complete.

Once formatting is finished, your SSD drive should be readable again. You can now start copying your data back to the drive. formatting the SSD drive is an essential step in recovering data from an SSD drive. 

Power Cycle The SSD 

A good thing to do in this process is to power cycle the SSD. Here are the steps to do so:

  • Shut down your computer
  • Remove the power cord from the back of the computer and unplug it from the wall
  • Wait 30 seconds
  • Plugin the power cord to the back of the computer and plug it into the wall
  • Turn on your computer 

If you still can't access your data, then you'll need to try data recovery software. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Recuva
  • Disk Drill
  • Pandora Recovery
  • PhotoRec

Each of these programs has its own unique set of instructions, so be sure to consult the program's help guide before you start recovering your data.

Idle The Boot Menu 

The boot menu should be idled for a few minutes before you start the process of SSD data recovery. This will help ensure that all the data on the drive is accessible and can be recovered.

To idle the boot menu, simply hold down the power button for a few seconds until the system powers off. Once it's off, wait a minute or two and then turn it back on. The boot menu should now be idled and you can begin recovering your data.

If you're not sure how to do this, consult your computer's manual or ask someone who is familiar with idling boot menus. 

Update The Firmware

You should also update the firmware for your SSD. This can be done through the manufacturer’s website. Firmware updates are released to fix bugs, improve compatibility, and enhance performance. If you are experiencing any of these issues with your SSD, then updating the firmware may help resolve them. 

To update the firmware, you will need to download the appropriate file from the manufacturer’s website. Once you have downloaded the file, follow the instructions on how to install it. 

Once you have updated the firmware, check to see if the issue has been resolved. If not, then you may need to try a different data recovery method. 

Upgrade The Drivers

The final move should be to check if upgrading the drivers could help go around the data loss. This is a long shot, but it's better than nothing. Reformatting should only happen as a last resort because it will delete everything on your SSD. If you have any other questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!

Data loss is a nightmare, but you can do your best to recover it. Call in professional support and format the drive. Try power cycling the SSD and idle the boot menu. Lastly, update your firmware as well as the drivers. Your data will be safe and once again in your hands!