I've been using an Intel X25-M SSD for 3 years and it "failed" 3 times.
Every time I've been able to make it usable again with the same procedure:
- Boot under a Linux live CD that includes a NTFS driver (for example, ubuntu's "try ubuntu" mode)
- Mount the SSD in read-only mode (mount -t ntfs -o ro...)
- Copy the disk's data to another disk. This will recover most data, except files that were being updated when the disk failed
- Use "ATA Secure Erase" to completely erase the SSD: https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase
- Repartition and reformat the SSD
- Restore the disk from a backup.
- Copy data that was recovered while the disk was mounted in read-only mode (to partially recover data that's more recent than the last backup)
I'm not sure if that would work with other cases of SSD failures, but it could be a solution instead of buying a new SSD every time. In any case, you would still need a good backup strategy and use a non-SSD for documents (except those that really need fast IO). Christos
on May 2, 2011 10:09 AM