Is it possible to recover data from an SSD drive?
Yes, in some cases, you can recover all deleted or lost data from an SSD using data recovery software like Disk Drill. It all depends on the SSD TRIM command, which, when enabled, informs the SSD that unused data can be wiped internally, making them impossible to recover. Because it’s up to the operating system to send the TRIM command, trimming typically doesn’t happen after a power failure, software error, file system corruption, and other common causes of data loss.
How to Perform SSD Data Recovery?
Regardless of whether the TRIM command is enabled or not, you can perform SSD file recovery with the same data recovery software you would use to recover files from a traditional hard drive.
Disk Drill is an excellent choice because it runs on Windows and macOS, is exceptionally easy to use, and supports all commonly used file systems and file formats.
To recover files from an SSD on Windows PC:
- Download and launch Disk Drill for Windows.
- Select your SSD and click Search for lost data.
- Narrow down the scan results using the file format filters on the left until you find the files you’re looking for.
- Click the checkbox next to each file you want to recover and then click the blue Recover button at the bottom.
- Specify the recovery folder and click OK.
To recover an SSD hard drive on Mac:
- Download and launch Disk Drill for Mac.
- Click the Recover button next to your SSD drive.
- Look inside the recovery folders and select the files you want to recover using the preview feature.
- Specify the recovery destination and click the Recover button.
Keep in mind that you should always recover to a folder located on a different hard drive than where the deleted files were originally located.
SSD vs. HDD: What Are the Differences Between Them?
Solid-state drives (SSD) and hard-disk drives (HDD) are the two main types of storage devices for desktop computers and laptops. Each of them has different strengths and weaknesses, and you need to be aware of them when making a purchase decision.
Cost per GB
At the time of writing this article, you can buy a 1 TB SSD for around $100. For the same amount of money, you can easily buy an HDD with a capacity of 4 TB. Clearly, the venerable HDD is a clear winner when it comes to cost per GB, making it an easy choice for long-term file archiving.
A typical 7200 RPM HDD has a read/write speed of 80-160 MB/s. A modern SSD can push up to 550 MB/s through the same connector. And if your motherboard has an M.2 connector and support for NVMe-based SSDs, you can enjoy write speeds as high as 3500 MB/s.
Traditional spinning hard drives contain extremely precise moving parts, which can break without warning. On the other hand, SSDs don’t contain any moving parts whatsoever, which is one reason why their MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) is 2.0 million hours, but the MTBF of HDDs is just 1.5 million hours. There’s also the fact that SSDs are not affected by magnetism, making them far more reliable in certain industrial applications.
On average, HDDs draw 6–7 watts, while SSDs draw just 2–3 watts. While you might not care about a few watts if you have a desktop computer that draws over 300 watts under load, every watt saved can result in a substantial boost to the time you can use your laptop on battery power.
Because SSDs don’t contain any moving parts, they don’t produce noise or vibrations. For this reason alone, SSDs are a much better choice than HDDs for laptops and home theater PCs.
Did You Know?
Even though the TRIM command is usually written in all caps, it’s not an acronym. It’s likely that hard drive manufacturers and researchers have been capitalizing it to maintain visual unity with other storage-related terms, such as SSD, NTFS, EXT4, HDD, and so on. This would also explain why the DEALLOCATE operation in NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) PCIe-based SSDs is sometimes capitalized as well.
While not as straightforward as HDD data recovery, SSD data recovery is still possible under the right condition and with a modern SSD data recovery software application like Disk Drill. By following the instructions provided in this article, you should be able to restore data from your SSD drive quickly and without any expert knowledge.