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Dead 1TB SSD data recovery

1TB SSD (Solid state drive) came into us this morning, dead. Like dead dead dead. The machine it came from had been running quite hot. Upon plugging it into any other machine it prevents the machine from booting, and if plugged in via USB caddy to try and see if there’s any data also freezes the machine. A very dead SSD. So we removed it from its housing – Inspected the logic board for any obvious bad areas ( blown resistor or capacitor etc ) , saw nothing, tested with multi meter that circuitry was OK, upon inspecting the two large chips – that’s the actual memory where your data is written to, the solder balls around it looked grey and mushy, as would most very certainly be under neath too. These chips are soldered to the board by an array of sometimes hundreds of solder balls. Knowing it had come from a hot environment we knew it was likley bad solder under thses chips. So, using the correct temperature and pressure reflowed the solder. Look at the before and after pictures, grey solder blobs vs nice shiney solder balls. Cleaned up and plugged into a USB caddy, plugged into our recovery rig and the drive showed up and preseted itself with a corrupt partition table, using specialist tools & software this data is now being recovered to a new drive.

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SSD removed from housing
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Grey solder blobs under and around the chip that stores your data
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super silver round solder balls around and under post reflow.
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Inspecting under the chips post reflow – super silver round solder balls .
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Recovering the data post repair to a new drive – Although this SSD has ben repaired, it is always best practice to use a new SSD as it’s likley to go bad again. Reflowing is only a temporary fix for this sort of thing, it may last a week, or months. But it will fail again.

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