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SSD $MFT rewritten, lost data - Ever happen to you? Restore options?

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Offline Shurlokep
07 Mar 2022, 09:35 AM | Post: #1

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SSD $MFT rewritten, lost data - Ever happen to you? Restore options?

I have an external backup drive I use for my primary backup on my PC. This morning, I needed to reorganize files on another drive. As usual, Windows would not let go of the drive through the safely remove option, so I had to shut down my computer, remove the drive from the USB 3.1 gen 2 port, plug in the other driver to the same USB 3.1 gen 2 port, and boot up the PC. Windows lost its mind (Windows 10 Professional 1909 18363.836) and thought the new drive was the old drive but kept giving me access denied messages if I tried to open the drive in File Explorer. I used recuva first to see what it could find in the files, but it seems one of my backup images on this drive was overwritten by $MFT.

I turned off TRIM on all SSDs (the external drive is an SSD) immediately, but I read that really needs to be done before these issues occur. Most of that applies to deleted files, so maybe I'm still safe since I did not delete the files and only the file system itself was corrupted? The recover option only allows me to recover about 95 GB out of nearly 600 GB of my missing data. Does anyone know of a better option for data recovery from an SSD?
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Offline Zentroo
07 Mar 2022, 10:05 PM | Post: #2

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RE: SSD $MFT rewritten, lost data - Ever happen to you? Restore options?

WZ, did Recuva "ask" you to purchase the Pro version in order to go past 95GB?
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Offline elspekost
07 Mar 2022, 10:26 PM | Post: #3

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RE: SSD $MFT rewritten, lost data - Ever happen to you? Restore options?

This post was last modified: 09 Mar 2022 08:07 AM by elspekost.
It's good that you found a solution to this problem. I'd most likely immediately contact a reliable company that could make external hard drive recovery. Since I know that this is a very unreliable solution to store critical files on the computer, I immediately transfer everything to an external medium. I'm sure that the memory card will be stored on my desk, and files will not disappear from there until I delete them. My colleague told me how her hard drive broke right at work, which led her to big problems and compensation for the information she lost. Although I think this is a controversial option, she should have turned to a lawyer on this issue.
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