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How to Repair and Restore Not Working/Failed/Dead SSD?

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

If your SSD drive is dead or not working, try to disconnect and reconnect your SSD with the SATA data cable as a quick fix. If it fails to work, follow 3 effective methods offered in this article to update SSD firmware and drive drivers and run CMD or free partition manager software to repair dead SSD right now.

SSD died, not responding nor working, how to fix it?

Hi there, are you trying to find a way to restore your SSD when it suddenly died, stop working or not responding to any operations on your PC? Don't worry anymore if you are having the same problem. Follow this article, you'll find one quick fix and 3 effective methods to repair and restore dead SSD to make it work again.

Quick Fix: unplug and re-plug SATA data cable on SSD without losing data

  1. 1. Unplug SATA data cable on SSD, leave the power cable connected;
  2. 2. Turn on PC and boot into BIOS;
  3. 3. Let PC sit at idle in BIOS for about half an hour and turn off PC;
  4. 4. Plug the SATA data cable back into SSD and turn on PC to boot into BIOS;
  5. 5. Make sure the boot order is correct, save it and launch Windows;

There you can check and read everything on your SSD drive right now. If this doesn't work, never mind. 3 effective methods are available to help!

Fix 1. Update firmware of dead/not working SSD

  1. 1. Press Win + E to open up Windows Explorer, click on System Explorer;
  2. 2. Select System and click Device Manager on the left pane;
  3. 3. Expand Disk drives and right-click your SSD drive, select Properties;
  4. 4. Select details and Hardware IDs under properties and click OK;
  5. 5. Install and run SSD firmware update tool (Crucial for example), check the firmware versions of your SSD on the tool;
  6. 6. Click License and select Accept;
  7. 7. Select updates available and click Update Drive, confirm the update by clicking Yes;
  8. 8. Click OK to finish the firmware update process.

Then you can exit the update tool and check your SSD drive now.

Fix 2. Update drivers in Windows to fix SSD dead error

  • Click Start button and type: Device Manager, hit Enter to open it up;
  • Expand the drive driver category, right-click on each driver and select Update driver;
  • Reboot PC when the process finishes.

After this, you can check and see SSD drive saved data on your PC then.

Fix 3. Run CMD or free partition manager software to fix SSD dead/not working error

Option 1. Run CMD to fix or repair dead/not working SSD

1. Open Command Prompt and type: chkdsk /f c: (replace c with a drive letter of your external hard drive);
2. Hit Enter to let the checking process to run;
3. When it's finished, type: exit and hit Enter to finish the process.
After this, you'll be able to access and read data on your dead SSD in PC then.

Option 2. Apply free partition manager software to fix dead/not working SSD

If you don't know quite well about CMD command line in PC, you can let free partition manager software for help. EaseUS Partition Master Free will do the job to help you repair and fix dead or not working SSD on your PC:

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 Windows 10 is supported

1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master Free and right-click the partition of SSD that is not working by clicking "Check partition".

Fix SSD dead error.

2. Choose the way that you want to use to check partition: Check Partition Properties, Call Windows Chkdsk to fix errors, Surface Test.
Click OK

Check and repair dead SSD.

3. Let EaseUS Partition Master automatically check and repair errors on SSD. Click OK to finish the process.

Restore dead or not working SSD.