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 Post subject: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 16th, 2018, 18:43 
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So I have a non-discoverable SSD that I want to repair but am confused over how to begin. Some say replace the controller, others say the controller and ram chips are tied together.

What to do?

Also, what are some of the ways to get into repairing SSD's when they die? I heard the PC-3000 is the king of the data recovery solutions short only to a clean lab? I know I'm not going to get a PC-3000 but I would like to know how to work on SSDs more so I can repair non-functional drives in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 16th, 2018, 21:29 
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Start by learning some electronics. Then repair the SSD, if possible. Torturing your clients' data with unnecessary "chip-offs" should not be the limit of your skill set.

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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 10:28 
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Karl_SSD wrote:
Some say replace the controller...
Who said this and where?
Karl_SSD wrote:
...others say the controller and ram chips are tied together.

Do you mean the NAND Flash chips [that hold/store the data]? If yes, then that has been an increasingly true statement as firmware storing algorithms have been evolving, especially when factoring in hardware encryption.

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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 16:53 
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Thank you sorcerer for your message. I just can't reply back atm till I post more.


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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 17:31 
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labtech wrote:
Karl_SSD wrote:
Some say replace the controller...
Who said this and where?

I seen a couple of posts mentioning the controller might be able to get replaced. Perhaps they were referring to older SSD's?? Sorry no links atm.


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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 18:01 
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The controller is the ssd. Replacing it will fix the drive ;) but you won’t get your data back.

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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 20:07 
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Seeing that the majority of issues are caused by bad NAND, wouldn't it be better to replace the NAND to fix the SSD?

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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
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lcoughey wrote:
Seeing that the majority of issues are caused by bad NAND, wouldn't it be better to replace the NAND to fix the SSD?


?? Isn't that where they keep the data? Replacing it would then mean loss of data, yes? if not, then what is it for?


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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 20:45 
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scratchy wrote:
The controller is the ssd. Replacing it will fix the drive ;) but you won’t get your data back.


*SIGH*
Yea, I read how tricky it is to get a controller with the right specs to match your SSD. So is it worth trying to fix SSDs or are they better just replacing then, if you have a backup?


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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 22:17 
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Karl_SSD wrote:
lcoughey wrote:
Seeing that the majority of issues are caused by bad NAND, wouldn't it be better to replace the NAND to fix the SSD?


?? Isn't that where they keep the data? Replacing it would then mean loss of data, yes? if not, then what is it for?

"Repair" and "recovery" are not the same thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Advise on how to start repairing SSDs
PostPosted: February 18th, 2018, 8:18 
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Karl_SSD wrote:
scratchy wrote:
The controller is the ssd. Replacing it will fix the drive ;) but you won’t get your data back.


*SIGH*
Yea, I read how tricky it is to get a controller with the right specs to match your SSD. So is it worth trying to fix SSDs or are they better just replacing then, if you have a backup?



Replacing them, if you have a backup. If the data is not the problem, why trust in something that has failed already once ?

Other thing : WE could fix something just for personal use of unworthy files, but if you give it back to some customer as "fixed", no matter the amount of advise and explainings, they will still put their oh-so-preciousss files in the fixed SSD, then come complaining to you when it fails again.


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