Solid State Drive Data Recovery.

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Datlabs  recover data from damaged and faulty Solid State Drive (SSD) technology found in laptops, notebooks, netbooks, and tablets.  SSD failure can be a consequence of a chip failure or corrupt descriptor. Here at Datlabs we have the expertise and technology to remedy faults and recover stored data.

Datlabs Data Recovery services can recover data from these and other popular SSD brands:

  • Intel®
  • SanDisk®
  • Western Digital Silicon SSD
  • OCZ® Technology
  • Patriot Memory®
  • Samsung®
  • Micron®
  • Kingston Technology®
  • STEC®
  • PNY Technologies®
  • Crucial®
  • Transcend®
  • Seagate Go Flex Thunderbolt

All Models of SSD Recovered

Unlike hard disk drives, Solid State Drives store data in flash memory chips. This eliminates data loss due to mechanical or hardware damage, such as head crashes or motor defects.

SSD Failures.

Data loss occurs however due to damage to the flash chips. Here are some common failures with SSD drives:

  • Electronics component failure
  • Controller chip failure
  • Flash cell degradation
  • Data corruption due to power surges or failures
  • Damage to printed circuit boards
  • Damage to connectors

Additionally, SSD storage devices are susceptible to traditional data loss events such as human error, computer viruses, natural disasters, and software/programme corruption.

In addition to recovering data from the common sources of SSD failures, the Datlabs team has developed data reconstruction procedures that will identify, separate and reassemble your SSD memory so that your files or data will be able to be extracted.

SSD Data Extraction and Reconstruction.

SSD hard drives were originally designed and product-ized as direct replacement items for the standardized hard disk drive, having a same physical form factor, interface and configuration implementation. More recent product applications however utilize the underlying solid state storage technology with improved performance and efficiency. Typical of recent SSD applications is the digital storage installed in the latest Sony Vaio laptop. This laptop has an optional Samsung 512GB Model MZRPC512 installed that contains dual 256 GB volumes on a single circuit board. These volumes interface with the Intel CPU Storage management using a single LIF connector cable and can be configured in RAID or as discrete volumes.

SSD data recovery.

The process of recovering data from a failed and faulty SSD is relatively much more complex than recovering data from a faulty HDD. The difficulty we experience is with a lack of standards. Each manufacturer having different service applications involved in their management. With no standards our technicians must treat each recovery as a unique case. The recovery processes for an SSD therefore requires specialist techniques and knowledge that can match the specific requirements of each brand and model of SSDs

With the Samsung device referred to above; LIF / SATA cable adaptors are not available for our test and recovery lab equipment and expedient soldering is needed to the SSD PCB SATA edge connectors in order to diagnose and resolve failure issues. i.e. data images of each volume being copied to alternative storage and a RAID emulation applied using correct disk order and stripe size in order to reconstruct the data.

These specialist requirements add time and complexity to our procedures which unfortunately add to costs ithat have to be accounted for in our data recovery pricing.

Form factors and interface.

SSDs in desktops and laptops are usually either standard 2.5-inch drives or smaller M.2 drives.  SSDs are also available in a PCIe form factor, but these are usually reserved for workstation or server setups.  Whilst the 2.5-inch and M.2 drives look very different, they can share the same SATA interface – which allows for data transfer speeds of up to 600MB/s. However, certain M.2 SSDs use an NVMe PCIe interface instead, which allows for data transfer speeds of up to 16GB/s.

SATA SSDs are faster than mechanical hard drives, but are generally limited to just below 600MB/s. by comparison, a mechanical hard drive will give you data transfer speeds of around 150MB/s.

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Form factor , interface, capacity and read/write speeds.

Capacity  refers to the maximum amount of data the drive can store. Read and write speeds are specified as – Sequential and Random.

Sequential speed is the maximum speed when reading or writing  files.  Random access speeds refers to the time taken to access small files randomly across the drive. Sequential read and write speeds are measured in MB/s, and Random read and write speeds  in input/output operations per second (IOPS). Other things to consider are mean time to failure (MTTF) and Endurance . Measured in hours and terabytes written respectively. These provide a good idea of the SSD’s expected reliability and operational lifetime.

Whatever the type, manufacture or form factor Datlabs has the capability and expertise to recover data they fail.

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