Everyone loves the speed and performance of SSD drives compared to the traditional spinning drives, and lets’ face, great boot up times, faster access speeds and no moving parts.
So is there a downside and can they fail?
So the downside is, yes they can fail and sometimes when they do there is no warning. When they do fail, often there is a lower chance of data recovery and the last SSD drive that failed ended up costing $1200 for data recovery.
Now, more than ever, it is extremely important to have a good, reliable backup and if the data is important then you should have 2 seperate backups so that your data is in 3 different locations.
Since SSD drives can fail suddenly, what are the signs that you need to look out for?
4 Signs that your SSD Drive may be starting to fail
SIGN #1: YOUR COMPUTER TAKES A LONG TIME TO SAVE FILES
One of the first signs of SSD failure from bad blocks is if your computer takes a very long time when attempting to retrieve or save a file. Unfortunately, no matter how long you try, those attempts will end in failure, because your SSD is suffering from bad blocks. And you’ll usually get an error message from the computer alerting you to the problem.
You may also notice general slowness on your PC or freezing and crashing of applications. Frequent errors are another sign of bad blocks.
If you suspect a bad block in the process of attempting to save something, you’re probably OK. You can save that data to another storage source and consider replacing your SSD.
If, however, you detect a potential bad block when attempting to retrieve data already saved to the SSD, you’ll probably need to consult a data recovery specialist to get your data back with the least risk of permanent loss. In both cases, the importance of backing up your information before an issue occurs cannot be understated.
SIGN #2: YOU HAVE TO RESTART OFTEN
A corrupt file system is a bit tricky, because there are many variables to potentially cause corruption, not just your SSD. For example, simply shutting down your PC improperly can cause the computer to suggest repairing the file system. But SSDs can also be the culprit.
If your SSD has bad blocks or even an issue with its connector port, the result may be corruption of files.
Most computers come loaded with software to address corrupt files. This repair software is usually quite good, and in many cases, you’ll be prompted to run a repair before you even detect an issue. The tool will walk you through the repair process so even the most novice user can fix corrupt files.
As always, this solution isn’t fail-proof. Sometimes, these repairs can cause data loss. If you can’t afford to lose any of your information (and who can?), take your SSD to a data recovery specialist so they can safely retrieve your information.
SIGN #3: YOUR COMPUTER CRASHES DURING BOOT
Similar to file corruption, there are many causes of crashing while you’re powering up your machine. Hard drive issues are simply one of the potential causes. You can usually tell the difference between an SSD issue and some other cause if frequent restarts impact the result. If your computer responds positively to you hitting the reset button a few times, you’re probably dealing with a potential SSD failure.
In order to be certain of the cause, run a few of your computer’s diagnostic tools, including the corrupt file repair. Formatting your drive or even reinstalling the OS could also resolve the issue. If none of these solutions do the trick, you’re definitely facing SSD failure.
If your SSD is to blame, you may have some bad blocks or even just a dying drive. No matter what the cause, start considering how you’ll preserve your information right away.
Do a backup as soon as you can, and call a data recovery specialist to ensure you get your information…before your SSD fails for good.
SIGN #4: YOU RECEIVE A READ-ONLY ERROR
This is probably the least common cause of SSD failure, but if you’re trying to save data to your drive and get a read-only error, your SSD probably has bad blocks.
When this happens, your PC won’t let you do anything requiring the SSD to write data. Fortunately, the drive will still function in read-only mode, which means you stand a good chance of retrieving your data if you don’t have a current backup.
Connect your read-only SSD to an external hard drive. Try to dump your data onto the new storage medium before your drive completely shuts down. If this doesn’t work, contact a data recovery specialist who can expertly extract your data.
Each of these scenarios makes a good case for keeping a current backup of your data at all times. But sometimes, life gets in the way, and we simply don’t get around to doing it. If you experience SSD failure, and you lack a reliable backup, don’t hesitate to contact a data recovery specialist to save your information and get you computing again!