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Hey Guys,

Question.. Is it possible to do data recovery on an SSD drive that is healthy, but has been formatted and re-installed?

I am asking because my brother wiped and re-installed his machine but didn't backup his steam saved games, thinking the were stored on cloud and could pull them down once his PC was back up and running.

I've tried using data recovery at work, using getbackdata ntfs, which works great on conventional drives. This is the first time I've really tried an SSD drive that's been formatted however the results are quite weird. The recovered data only shows the current data on the drive i.e. the OS and some programs and data, however it does not show anything previous at all. The SSD drive is 120GB but the recovered volume is 330GB which would be correct if you added the old volume and current together.

Anyone have any ideas or solutions?

Thanks
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Nope. The cost of SSD recovery will probably run in the 5-figure range. External programs have no way of knowing how the SSD controller actually organizes the data. Those programs rely on the standardize LBA scheme which SSDs do present to the OS but it actually mapped differently internally.

Tell him to be more careful.
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Nope. The cost of SSD recovery will probably run in the 5-figure range. External programs have no way of knowing how the SSD controller actually organizes the data. Those programs rely on the standardize LBA scheme which SSDs do present to the OS but it actually mapped differently internally.

Tell him to be more careful.
5-figure, seriously? That's crazy.
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5-figure, seriously? That's crazy.

Sorry... I meant 4-to-5 figure range... if possible.

The data on the SSD is distributed across different NAND modules plus how the data gets mapped is properitary plus there is often a layer of encryption to go through.
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Sorry... I meant 4-to-5 figure range... if possible.

The data on the SSD is distributed across different NAND modules plus how the data gets mapped is properitary plus there is often a layer of encryption to go through.
My dad spent £300 to recover video footage of the 2012 Olympics off of his SD card. I thought that was expensive biggrin.gif
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I'm going to backup my steam game saves righhhhhhttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt now.

Sorry about your brother losing his game saves. frown.gif
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Nope. The cost of SSD recovery will probably run in the 5-figure range. External programs have no way of knowing how the SSD controller actually organizes the data. Those programs rely on the standardize LBA scheme which SSDs do present to the OS but it actually mapped differently internally.

I'm curious, after TRIM, would it still be possible to recover data? Because I assume the formatting triggered TRIM and I'm guessing garbage collection soon took care of stale data.
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I'm curious, after TRIM, would it still be possible to recover data? Because I assume the formatting triggered TRIM and I'm guessing garbage collection soon took care of stale data.

Actually, you're right! I was thinking in terms of forensics or dead drive.... if you formatted and it erased your data.... your data is really gone.
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