[clug] recovering data from dead SSD

Bob Edwards bob at 2hgt.org
Mon Sep 26 07:36:38 UTC 2022

On Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 05:28:21PM +1000, Alastair D'Silva wrote:
> 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.
> -- 
> Alastair D'Silva           mob: 0423 762 819

Thanks all for your suggestions.

I can confirm that there are no obvious signs of failed components and no
loose wires etc. (all on one small PCB).

There are two rows of 4 holes on a 2mm pitch, labelled "J1", that look like
they could be for a test rig, possibly JTAG, hence my question.

I am not in position to unsolder the FLASH devices etc. but would be interested
to find out if anyone has succeeded in attaching something that might be
capable of reading the contents of the FLASH devices out, or knows someone
who might offer this as a service. Reading hundreds of gigs of data across
JTAG would, no doubt, be painfully slow.

I am not particularly desperate for the data, just curious as to the possibilities.

Bob Edwards.

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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
> (eg.
> > 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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