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I recently built a new PC so I backed up EVERYTHING onto a 1TB my passport SSD! Then when I next plugged it in it said... "Need to format before use" I tried Microsofts built in drive fix thing, that didnt work frown.gif but I resarched it and apperently that really doesnt work with alot of SSDs. So what can I do to get my data off it? Thanks in advance smile.gif
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If it were me, I would first try to read it with Linux - you can use a livecd/usb if necessary. Linux seems less fussy than Windows when it comes to unhappy drives - but maybe that's superstition.

If that doesn't work, you can try file recovery software. I can't recommend one as I've been lucky enough not to need it yet, but this might help: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filerecovery/tp/free-file-recovery-programs.htm
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Thanks man smile.gif Ill try and use that recovera program ill let you know how it goes (i do not have Linux)
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Good luck thumb.gif
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Hi @NathanSchmitz!

I'm sorry to hear about what happened with the external, I know this could be an extremely unpleasant situation, mate.

I hope that the software suggested by @lovetobuild will help you get the data back, but in case it doesn't then the best option you'll have is to contact a data recovery company and see if they'll be able to help you. You can check this list with few WD data recovery partners:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=iSZaHk

Lastly, do have in mind that the more you use the drive and try to repair it, the worse the damage and the extraction of files may become.

Hope this helps and best of luck!
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I've had this problem a while back as well.

Try mounting it and reading it with Recuva.

Worked for me! (Also: ALWAYS keep data in 2 places at once. Write the full external HDD to a different system, THEN format your own).
   
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I tryed Recuva, but it didnt pick up any files? It did however kinda fix it?? My SSD works now but has AWFUL 100KB copy speeds?
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I suggest you back up everything from it then use Parted Magic to perform a Secure Erase (this will wipe the contents of the drive but should restore it to factory speeds).
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Okay will do, but it would take like 24 hours to take stuff off thag drive at 100kb a second speed?
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Actually unless my calculations are horribly wrong it'll take about 4 months at 100kb/sec. I'm sure there is a better option.

Have you tried taking the SSD out of its enclosure and putting it in your PC? Might get faster speeds then.
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