Revive Dead SSD

Got a dead SSD? My 256GB boot drive packed up yesterday. I tried reformatting it in Apple’s Disk Utility and in the Terminal, and also tried in Windows 7. All efforts to format failed, and eventually the drive refused to mount.

I got this from Crucial Support: plug the power cable into the drive, but not the data cable, leave it for 30 min, unplug for 30 seconds and repeat. After two power cycles the SSD may come back to life – mine did!

42 comments to Revive Dead SSD

  • Paul

    To clarify — do you leave it on for 30 min or 30 sec? Thanks!

  • Hi Paul,

    On for 30 min, off for 30 sec, on for 30 min, off for 30 sec, reinstall.

    You could have knocked me over with a feather when it worked!

  • Nick

    Wanted to confirm this, can’t believe it worked.

    OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB

  • Artem

    this work, thank you

    SSD Samsung PM810

  • Aldo

    Unfortunately my Kingston looks too far gone for this to work 🙁

    Good info to have though

  • jan

    trying this now hope it works buy you a Pint if it pans out 🙂

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  • Hussan

    I tried with my OCZ Vertex II. Powered up my system plugged in the power only for the SSD timed it properly but no Luck.

    Thanks for the article it was worth a shot.

  • Joe M

    I have a Crucial 128 (less than 1 year old) that totally died 3 days ago. I have tried to revive it using the above method, with no luck. I will try it again with just the power cable connected. I was also wondering if I can do the same thing using just a USB to SATA adapter for the power? Any help would be appreciated.

    If I can’t restore this unit my trust factor for SSD’s will be less than Zero.

    Joe

  • Hi Joe,

    I thnk this method depends on having only power, not data, applied to the drive. Where that power comes from doesn’t matter.

    Good luck!

  • Fred

    Hi

    I have used this method in the past. When only power is connected the drive does some kind of tidy/self fix routine. If the data connection is detected IT WILL NOT WORK !.

    p.s. I leave mine on for an hour, just once. Worked twice now 🙂

    Regards

  • Thanks for that, Fred, very useful!

  • Johnny

    This didn’t work for me. Tried multiple times. Any other options?

  • Hi Johnny,

    No sorry. Check that you’re connecting power, not data to the drive. Otherwise, I suggest you contact the drive manufacturer.

    Hope this helps.

  • Mika

    Hi Chis,

    Actually I didn’t believe your method when I read first it. Well, I had nothing to loose, so I tried it and it really saved my ssd. Thank you so much. Oh, by the way, I didn’t do ‘30 min on + 30 sec off’ but ‘30 sec on+30 sec off’ two cycles. The point is that it worked. Thanks again.

    Cheers, Mika

  • Chris M

    Thanks Chris worked like a chatm for me. Your tip saved me!

  • Brian M

    Thanks for this – gave it a go on my OCZ Vector 256 Gb drive. Sadly, no joy, but well worth a try!

  • Samuel

    Which of the two slots is for power the longer or the shorter one. Also how do i get a cable that supplies only power to the ssd crucial 128gb m4

  • Dave

    IT WORKED, IT REALLY WORKED!!!!! I had a drive that quit showing up after a major power outage and I thought it was toast, but after trying this I am blown away. I had a Mushkin 120gb from newegg.com wow, great share!

  • Great! Glad you got your drive back!

  • Tony

    The larger is the power supply. The smaller goes to the motherboard.

  • This VooDoo-like technique works! It really does! I just got back an old SSD (OCZ Vertex 2 Series 60GB).

    Thanks for sharing this tip Chris!

  • Hi Panos, glad it worked for you as well!

  • Mike

    I was just going to scrap my drive but thought I would try this first. I can’t believe that it worked! Thank’s soo much for sharing this fix!

  • Excellent! It’s worked for a few people now.

  • Hugo

    Its WORKED with CORSAIR FORCE GS! After all the 30 min. process, i also did this command “chkdsk /f d:” (d is my SSD drive), and the SSD came back to life!!! Tks chris

  • Hi Hugo, so pleased this worked! I can’t remember where I first got this tip, but it certainly helps some people.

  • Tony

    Going to give this a try on my 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 that’s been sitting on a drawer for 2 years, because OCZ wouldn’t RMA it, because I bought it off Ebay. Even though it was in fully sealed retail packaging and untouched.

  • Good luck – let us know if it works!

  • shane

    I have 2 dead ssds. A Patriot Pyro 240gb and something other 128gb. I’m really hoping this works!

  • dila

    Hi! i tried this method and the other (30sec off/30sec on), without luck no life signals under bios and in dos utilities… stopped working after a power outage any chance with my samsung 840 evo 256GB? Thanks 🙂

  • dila

    hi, i tried also the oven method two times (200°C 8min) + (230 °C 10min) and still no progress, but i tested without a thermometer

  • WheeLee45

    Thanks. Revived my Sandisk Ultra II

  • Steve Sybesma

    Hello everyone…do not give up after a couple tries.

    I had to do it about 5 or 6 times. I have a drive that’s trying to come back from the dead, finally.

    I think the key is to keep doing the cycles while always keeping the drive on the power connector and removing the data connector and putting it back on regularly until it decides to wake up.

    Look in Computer Management for the drive to show up asking to initialize…it will not likely show up in This PC.

  • Steve Sybesma

    This does truly work. I have an old 32GB Transcend brand SSD. It took more than 2 cycles to revive it.

    As has been said, keep the power plugged in all during your attempt. Unplug data for a long period, reconnect data for 30 seconds…repeat…repeat again and again if needed.

    I think it took me about 6 cycles total and it finally showed in Computer Management asking to be initialized.

    I turned it into a boot disk with some ISOs containing OS installers and a bunch of tools.

  • Issac Longnuts

    Which side is power versus data?

  • Denis

    question: do you see any light going on during the 30 minutes the drive is plugged in ? or anything to show something going on ??

  • No, I don’t think so. I don’t remember any lights on my drive.

  • Stan

    So the data cable stays out till when?

  • Hi Stan, I only know what I posted originally, which worked for me and has worked for others:

    plug the power cable into the drive, but not the data cable, leave it for 30 min, unplug for 30 seconds and repeat. After two power cycles the SSD may come back to life

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