My External SSD crashed.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Enemmy, May 4, 2013.

  1. Enemmy macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013
    Before I start there are a few things I wanna say:

    I've made this post in more than 6 forums without any help. they reply once a day or people just view it and ignore it, dont be like that, what will you do if you need help and no one even cares about it, im on the point of deseperation like no one else, you will see why. Also I will put pictures so you all can see.

    My History:
    I bought an external SSD to save my 3D programs and other valued stuff, Its called "LaCie Little Big Disk SSD Thunderbolt 1TB", I plug it into Windows 7 Bootcamp, It couldn't read it so I installed "MacDrive Pro 9", It installed the drivers and my external SSD worked like a charm, I saved a lot of stuff, I will list:
    (6) 3D Programs
    (5) 2D compositing programs
    A LOT, and when I say A LOT, I mean A LOT of plugins
    and over 40 Gigabytes on Video assets.

    And then after a week it just crashed, just like that, a window poped up saying J:/ had crashesd (my external SSD), so I went to MacDrive Pro 9 and used "MacDrive Disk Repair", the status bar went full RED, so I right clicked my J:/ on "My PC" (something like that), went to properties / tools / comprobate disk, and says "Windows can't even acces so J:/ ", I contacted "MediaFour" the company of MacDrive, they told me to use DiskWarrior on it, now, DiskWarrior says my SSD is a windows formated disk, so I went to disk utility and it says the format is Mac Os Extended (Journaled), and noticed that my SSD isn't mounted, so I clicked mount and a window poped saying "The disk “VFX Joshua” could not be mounted." and I tried to Verify and Repair on FirstAid and nothing happend, my external SSD got two RAID Partitions, and when I use First Aid it says they are okay, WHAT'S WRONG THEN?.

    Resumen of what I did:

    ---Windows 7---
    - Using MacDrive Disk Repair, not worked.
    - Windows 7 disk repair, not worked.
    - Re installing drivers, restart Pc, Turn Off/On the SSD, not worked.

    ---Mac OSX---
    - Using DiskWarrior, says its windows formatt when it is Mac OS Extended (Journaled), not worked.
    - Tried to Mount on Disk Utility, not worked.
    - Tried First Aid, not worked.


    DiskWarrior Problem picture:

    Mouting SSD Problem picture:

    *Skiped Verify and Repair pictures because nothing happens, not even text*

    Verifying and Repairing a RAID partition of my SSD pictures:

    I repeat, any advice or what to do, please tell me, any information you need, please ask me, but please, don't ignore this post, help the others like you would like to be helped.
  2. Arfdog macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2013
    Your problem is too complicated. Call a disk data recovery service.
  3. Enemmy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013
  4. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    Contact LaCie and see if they can do a repair. If you don't have a backup then that's too bad (both HDD and SDD can fail, so always make a backup)

    I assume they will replace it under warranty because it is only a week old.
  5. Enemmy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013
    This means there is no way to get my stuff back? :(
  6. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Not if you don't backup unless you take the data recovery route which could cost thousands.
  7. Enemmy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013
    Where can I do that?, please tell me :(
  8. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    Well, maybe LaCie has some trick to recover your data. I think it is worth a try.
  9. Enemmy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013
    Already did, acutally I raged over them, not my intention, its just not fair that my cheap external HDD worked for 4 years (still working), and then I buy this item of 1,050 USD and it crashes on 2 weeks, its kinda my fault because I never do backup
  10. Mitch619 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2013
    As everyone has said, there is really nothing you can do to get your stuff back. If it was that important you should have it in a cloud, and two separate drives.

    I would just call them and get a replacment.
  11. Enemmy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013
    I can't give up on this so easy, there should be a way :c
  12. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Without backup... Only disk recovery might get your data restored. I've never done it, because I always have multiple backups. My understanding is the cost can be astronomical.

  13. macthefork, May 4, 2013
    Last edited: May 4, 2013

    macthefork macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    Don't give up yet... just the fact that you can "see' the Micron SSDs in the LaCie shows there's some hope.

    You could try downloading the free demo version(s) of one or more of the following data recovery utilities. The demo of each will show you exactly which files the full paid version would be able to recover, before you need to pay for it:

    Data Rescue



    Just having the RAID as a RAID-0 makes this difficult. Mirrored would have been much better. But, since you can see both "slices" that means that the data should still be recoverable. I'm surprised Disk Warrior didn't help, Maybe Bootcamp is throwing it off.

    Personally, I've had luck mounting unmountable volumes using Tech Tools Pro. However, it's always been on single spinning HDDs that failed with bad sectors. With that I was able to recover all data that wasn't on one of the bad sectors.
  14. xrs74 macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2013
    Data Rescue Pro worked for me before using the deep scan. Try it.
  15. Enemmy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013
    I just contacted a data recovery company near where I live, they will see my SSD and tell me the price on monday, but if that fails, I will have to download all my data all over again, and that would take a while.


    Thanks so much for this information! Will try it out within time and tell you if worked :)


    Thanks will try that out too :)


    Thanks so much to everyone trying to help me out :) as I study Cine and Animation, losing all my programs information isn't cool, because that means that my showreel is gone and therefore asking for a Job isn't easy.
  16. Enemmy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013


    I got all my stuff back, thanks to everyone! :D just showed me what forum to go when I get more problems ;) I will save you all if theres an apolayptic scenario with zombies :)
  17. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    The only lesson you should have learned today is that drives WILL fail.

    The chance of a storage medium failure is 100%.


    It doesn't matter how much you paid for your drive, or how long other drives have been working, or how long the same drive your buddy owns has been working. It will fail, and you must plan accordingly.

    There are two types of files: lost files and backed up files.
  18. Enemmy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2013
    I agree with you :) I will put all my data on my Time Capsule
  19. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    If the data is so important you should have more than one backup. Time Capsule is fine, but I would make at least one image backup as well. I'm not a fan of Time Capsule or Time Machine - I prefer clone backups.

    I have 3 image backups of my systems, split on multiple external HDDs, and some are kept in locked cabinets.
  20. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    Good idea!
    I backup all my data with Time Machine. And I also have everything backed up to a separate HDD which I store in a different location (in the house of a friend) so I also have a backup in the case of fire or theft.
  21. macthefork, May 5, 2013
    Last edited: May 5, 2013

    macthefork macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    That's excellent news. As already mentioned, a clone backup is best.

    Those RAID-0 arrays like what's in that LaCie are fine for daily usage because of how fast that configuration is, and you get the most storage area. However, as you've found out, with two separate drives in that configuration, there's two times the possibility of a failure with no fault tolerance, which can result in a complete loss of data.

    So, if you're using RAID, I would suggest using RAID-1 in that situation, because then you have a mirrored array where there is a complete copy on each drive (redundant array). The disadvantage is that you would only have 1/2 the storage of RAID-0, and it's only as fast a the single drives by themselves. Yet, with SSDs through Thunderbolt, speed might not be an issue.

    This is only my opinion. Your needs vs. risk may vary.
  22. KaraH macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2012
    When I was in college in the 90s both myself and a housemate got large (for then) drives and that summer the AC failed. Since we were college students so could not afford backup drives we had to manually reconstruct the data. It was a big pain but not completely undoable since quite a bit of the stuff was on various floppies. So yeah, I feel your pain.

    I have had other drive failures through the years. Fortunately those I was able to recover data from (either drive resurrection or backups) but a failure of all drives will happen at some point.

    You can get a cheap one terabyte drive now (or two TB if you need it). You were lucky this time but please take this as a learning experience and buy 2 or 3 now. Use one as a time machine in an external enclosure. The other (ideally: 2 or more) do a full backup of your entire system at intervals and store elsewhere in your house or even in another building. You do not even need to buy enclosures for the full backups, you can get something from OWC that allows you to hook up a bare drive.
  23. ifraaank macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2012
    Odense C, Denmark
    How'd you get your stuff back then?? :D
  24. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Exactly, how did the OP gets his/her data back.

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