SSDs offer many advantages over traditional hard drives (HDDs). In addition to higher performance and loading speeds, they also use less power and are lighter, making them ideal for laptops. More over, they are less likely to be damaged, especially during transport.
These advantages have made many users consider SSDs to be more reliable than HDD hard drives. In fact, generally, the longevity of an SSD is quite equivalent to that of an HDD. In other words, SSDs are prone, like all disks, to memory degradation and physical errors over time. And that unfortunately means one thing: potential data loss.
As the damage to an SSD can be sudden and unpredictable, it makes sense to wonder: Can data be retrieved from SSD? Will my files be saved? The answer is yes, but under certain conditions. Datalabs experts explain what to watch out for in order to successfully recover data from an SSD disk.
What does the success of SSD data recovery depend on?
The first question that technicians working on data recovery constantly accept is what success rate there is in recovery. This is an extremely complex question, the answer to which depends on many factors:
- Software or hardware failure: When the damage concerns the electronic parts of the disk, for example from a fall or moisture, then the chances are reduced. On the other hand, if the failure is in the software, it is much more likely with the appropriate moves that many files can be saved.
- TRIM Technology: SSD files are recovered differently from other disks because SSDs use TRIM technology. Based on this, when a file is deleted, its index —which is necessary for data recovery— is also deleted. On the contrary, without this technology, the file remains physically on disk until it is replaced by another. So if TRIM is turned off, file recovery success rates will be much higher. Let us remember, of course, that TRIM can make data recovery difficult, but on the other hand it also has significant advantages, as it is responsible for the higher speed and performance of SSDs.
- Managing the problem: The steps that will be taken immediately after the disk problem and data loss appear play a huge role in the evolution and success or failure of data recovery. This is probably the most important thing you need to know in the process, as we will see below.
What should I do if I lose my files in an SSD?
What you do at this stage will greatly determine whether you will save your files. There are three main things to remember:
- Shut down the computer immediately if you have deleted data. As long as you leave it open, new files are recorded even from processes running in the background. These new files can permanently displace the old ones.
- Do not download questionable free data recovery software. It may sound tempting, but in most cases these programs manage to find a small percentage of data or in poor quality format. In some cases, they may even carry viruses or delete them instead of retrieving the desired files.
- Contact data recovery technicians. In case of electronic failure it is the only solution, but also in case of software failure it is the only solution with increased success rates.
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