[clug] recovering data from dead SSD

Alastair D'Silva alastair at d-silva.org
Fri Sep 23 07:28:21 UTC 2022

After watching a lot of NorthridgeFix on youtube, I would start by looking
for obviously failed components, then measure the voltage rails, and check
for ground shorts on any capacitors and semiconductors around the power
regulation side of the board.

You *could* desolder the flash, mount it to another device that would let
you dump the raw image, then use specialist recovery software to piece the
FS back together, but that is fiddly, has a risk of damaging the flash, and
requires expensive software.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux <linux-bounces at lists.samba.org> On Behalf Of Bob Edwards via
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> Sent: Friday, 23 September 2022 2:52 PM
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> Subject: [clug] recovering data from dead SSD
> Hi all,
> Anyone every tried/had success in recovering data from a "dead"
> SSD (SATA attached)? Any clues as to whether it might be worth hooking it
> up to a JTAG reader and seeing what can be seen?
> Not desperate, but curious and would be useful to be able to do this.
> (in this case, by "dead", I mean that it doesn't even appear to the system
> in lsusb, dmesg etc.) on a USB-connected SATA dock, on which other drives
> do work just fine).
> cheers,
> Bob Edwards.
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