SSD in Mac Pro has died. How can I recover the data?!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ben1l, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Ben1l macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2006
    Hi I have an OSZSSD3-2 VTX180G (Vertex 2 series)

    I've been happily running the drive as my main system drive in my Mac Pro. I came back to find the Mac Pro with a grey screen with nothing on in but, an image of a file with a question mark in it. The system refuses to load, no matter how many times I've tried restarting it.

    I have a docking station that connects internal hard drives to other machines. I've tried the SSD in this, while connected to my macbook Pro but the drive will not load/mount

    Please Please help!.

    Many thanks!
  2. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    If it won't mount in the machine, or even in a docking station you are out of luck.

    Invest in a Time-Machine drive.
  3. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    The grey screen file question mark symbol means it isn't recognized due to an error, usually it means the drive has "died" and the hardware is no good. If you keep getting the same error and it can't be read then there's nothing you can do other than take it to a specialist who can try to repair it but the data is probably lost if there isn't a backup copy.
  4. seek3r macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2010
    I know you're going to get tire dof hearing it, but this is why backups of some kind are essential!

    Try booting to different disk/OS and see if you can see and mount the drive. If the drive is logically seen, even without mounting, dd or such may be able to pull data off.

    Failing that you're going to have to go to a specialist like Drive Savers. I hope the data's valuable if you do that because they (and their competitors) don't come cheap.

    Drive Saver's SSD page

    Good luck!
  5. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    You have invested on an SSD drive and yet you don't have a Time Machine backup? Time Machine is a part of OSX use it.
  6. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    time machine


    carbon copy cloner

    would have saved you .

    most likely you are f'd since you did none of them.

    a mac pro is a 2500 dollar machine a backup drive is under 100.

    next time use a backup drive
  8. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    I wouldnt think many people would fork that much cash on a mac pro AND an SSD and only use the single drive.

    I've got a macbook pro and a Mac Pro, and neither of my computers use an SSD for more than just holding the OS and applications acting as a boot drive.

    both computers have a secondary drive for storage and both of THOSE drives share another drive for backup (data is the same on storage on both computers).

    I do manual backups, so time machine and all the other options arent absolutely necessary.
  9. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    For the record, performing any kind of data recovery on an SSD is extremely difficult, due to the nature of how an SSD stores data.

    Backup, bro. Now you see the benefit.
  10. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
    Please boot from different drive and check S.M.A.R.T.
  11. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    SSD = backups are essential. Period! Just the nature of the technology.
  12. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
  13. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004

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