Feeling proud you’ve upgraded to an SSD, haven’t you? You should be proud because it just means your entire Mac or PC has now been upgraded too. But that upgrade is not without flaws. Your SSD could be corrupted by a virus; it could be a victim of a faulty operating system; it could suffer the effects of bad sectors or even hardware damage.
These different problems could require different mediums to be fixed, so it’s imperative you understand what their appropriate solutions are and how to apply them. Do this before the problems get out of hand. Are you all set? Now, time to get to work!
You bet your life they can! But before getting into that, here’s a little info on what SSD actually is. SSD is an acronym for “Solid State Drive”; think of it as better, more durable, more portable, and faster upgrade to the older HDD. SSDs are optimized to read and write data at considerably faster speeds than other drives in the family.
Despite all this, SSDs are prone to getting corrupted. Some of these reasons are more obvious than others, but they all generally fall under these main ones:
The efficiency of SSDs comes at a cost, which is requiring more power to function. The elements in SSD are more distributed than in mechanical drives like HHD; SSDs can literally have thousands of flash chips and electricity is needed to power them all.
The very build of SSDs means they have internal components that make data management extremely complex. This complexity means should anything go wrong while the SSD is operating, like a sudden power outage, errors abound within it.
Because SSDs are newer, they are yet to attain the same degree of standardization of the older HDDs; SSD architecture is perpetually evolving and still being perfected, and research is still being conducted in the sector-the same applies to SSD power management which is also continuously changing. All these means there is much to learn about what SSDs entail the numerous ways they could get corrupted; so things you would have never expected end up being detrimental to SSDs.
Of course, you have to know when your SSD is on the path to failing, and the symptoms below should be enough warning for you to prepare yourself against it. If your macOS or Windows takes an unusually long time in reading or saving data, and even ends up failing to complete the task, it means there are “bad blocks” on your SSD; the equivalent for HHD is “bad sectors.”
You will see a pesky error message warning you that the operation you initiated can’t be completed because certain data can’t be written or read.
If your macOS or Windows informs you to repair your file system in order to reboot, that is another obvious sign your SSD is about to crash, so brace for impact.
Yeah, this is one of the more frustrating symptoms. Apps will randomly freeze or just close themselves altogether.
Don’t panic if your SSD suddenly dies while in use. Just take deep breaths and relax, okay? It’s not a big deal. You can easily fix it on your own. There probably won’t even be a need to call a professional to help you solve the problem. Feel better? Good.
Now, if you’ve never attempted any of these solutions before, prepare for a very important lesson, because many of them can help you solve a lot of problems on your Windows, not necessarily SSD woes. Most of them will require you to only click a few keys on your keyboard.
1. Unplug the SATA data cable that’s connected to your SSD, but leave the system’s power cable still connected.
2. Turn on your PC on and boot into BIOS. There are several ways to do this but the quickest way will have you utilizing your laptop manufacturer’s assigned key to open up the firmware menus.
The most common keys are F1, F2, F10, F11, F12. When your PC is starting up, you’ll often see a screen that highlights this key. Quickly press it. If you don’t see the key, just go to the manufacturer’s site and find out what it is. Press on the key and the firmware/BIOS menu will open up.
3. For the alternative way to enter BIOS, if your PC is already turned on and signed in to Windows, choose the “Start” menu click on “Power”. Press and hold on the “Shift” key while choosing “Restart”. Choose “Troubleshoot”. Click “Advanced options”. Select “UEFI Firmware settings”. You’re now in BIOS/UEFI.
4. Let your PC remain idle in BIOS for about 30 minutes or so. Plug the SATA data cable into the SSD once more and turn on your PC. Boot into BIOS again, making sure the boot order is as it should be. Save the settings and start Windows up. Is your SSD working now? No? Move on to the second solution.
1. Move your mouse cursor over to the “Windows” icon and right-click on it. You’ll see “Device Manager” on the left pane. Click on it.
2. Click on the “Disk Drives” category to expand it, then right-click on your SSD. Choose “Details” and then “Hardware IDs” under “properties”. Click on “OK.”
3. Install the “SSD firmware update tool” and run it. The tool will have the firmware versions of your SSD, so check it to see them. Click on “License” and choose “Accept.”
4. Choose any available updates and select “Update Drive”, then confirm the selection by clicking on “Yes”. For the last step, click “OK” to conclude the firmware update. Exit the tool and verify if your SSD is functioning properly now. Is it still faulty? Keep reading, then.
1. Click on the “Windows” icon ad type “Device Manager” in the search bar. Press “Enter” to launch it. Move the cursor over to the “disk drive” category and right-click on every driver you see there.
2. Click “Update driver” for each of them. Finally, reboot your PC once the process concludes and see if all is well with your drive now. If it’s still giving you issues, there’s still one more thing to try.
1. Launch “Command Prompt” by pressing the “Windows” + “R” keys and typing “cmd” in the “run” window. Once “Command Prompt” opens up, type this command in it (replace “c” with the drive letter of your drive): chkdsk /f c:
2. Click “Enter” and watch as the process is initiated. When it’s done, type exit in the Command Prompt and click on “Enter” to end the process. This last step will almost certainly guarantee your SSD will resume normal functions gain.
You macOS, as you know, is a vastly different operating system from Windows, but none of that matters if the SSD in the Mac is faulty. The end result will always be a buggy system with a growing risk to the safety of your sensitive data-and even the system itself. Thankfully, fixing SSD in Mac is neither a strenuous nor difficult affair, so you can stop worrying already. Now, have a read below and see how you can fix it.
1. Press the “Command” + “Space” keys to open up “Spotlight Search”, then type “Disk Utility” in the search field. After that, press “Return/Enter”.
2. Click on “View”, then on “Show All Device”. Choose the SSD from the sidebar and click the “First Aid” button. Disk Utility may or may not notify you that the SDD is about to fail. If it’s the former, your best option is to back up your data in case the worst happens.
3. If you don’t get the warning message about the SSD’s imminent failure, click “Run” and the tool will repair the SSD. That’s it for this one. You’re done.
1. Open up your Mac’s “Applications” folder, then locate and click on “Terminal” to start it. Type the following command in the Terminal window: cd /Volumes
2. Hit “Enter/Return” and if the image you see below corresponds to what’s on your Mac’s Terminal window, you’re on track.
3. Type in this command: ls and press “Enter/Return”. You will see a list of all the disks connected to your Mac (both the internal and external ones).
4. This is where you select your SSD, verify it and check for any errors. Type the following command in your Terminal: diskutil verifyDisk /dev/disk0
5. Hit the “Enter/Return” key. A test will be carried out where you will be shown the state of the SSD. If successful, you will see results similar to the one on the image below.
6. The results won’t necessarily always look exactly like the image above, though. If you see an error message like this: “The volume [volume tested] was found corrupt and needs to be repaired”, then your SSD is suffering from errors and needs to be fixed. By the way, the “volume tested” is your SSD.
7. Type this command and hit “Enter/Return” to fix the SSD: diskutil repairDisk /dev/disk0
It’s no secret that recovering lost data from SSDs is more difficult than recovering data from HDDs; recall how complex an SSD’s internal functions are and you’ll have an idea why this is so. Even if you repair your SDD and it’s working perfectly again, there’s no guarantee your files will still be there as you left them. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that you could end up losing everything.
Help comes in the form of light but powerful software called Recoverit Data Recovery. There are versions compatible for both Windows and Mac, so you’re covered on all ends. The fact that recovering data from SSDs is a tasking process really doesn’t mean anything to Recoverit. The software scours through damaged SSDs until it gets back all the data that was lost. Do that by following the 3 steps below.
NOTE: There are slight variations in the interface between the Windows and Mac variants of Recoverit, but the functions are the same.
SSDs are complex devices but it matters little to Recoverit. The software will easily get all your lost files in a few quick steps. Choose and scan a location, then preview and recover your files. That’s all.
So, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Another insightful tutorial on how to use basic knowledge to fix any faulty SSD. Remember, the solutions work for both Windows PC and Mac. If you’re not very tech-savvy, just carefully follow the steps and you’ll have the SSD fixed in no time. You can replace the drive if you feel the damage was too great. And if you still realize some-or all-of your files are missing after fixing the SSD, use Recoverit to get them back so your drive and files will be whole again. See, everything here has been simplified for you!