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25-05-2015, 03:42 PM
I have an LG external SSD which appears to have gone to the great recycling bin in the sky. I've tried it with two different PCs and two different cables and nothing will recognise it.

My questions are:

Is there any likelihood of me or anyone else being able to revive it?
If it is dead, how can I totally neutralise it before I put in the next e-waste collection?


25-05-2015, 03:50 PM
A data recovery company would probably be able to do it, may cost $$$ though.

If you want to be sure nobody can read it, smash all the memory chips.

25-05-2015, 03:50 PM
For the second question, a big hammer would do it!

25-05-2015, 03:53 PM
Is there any likelihood of me or anyone else being able to revive it?
Yes. Take it to a data recovery specialist. Expect to pay $500+

If it is dead, how can I totally neutralise it before I put in the next e-waste collection?
If its dead, its dead. Who ever finds it in the trash is unlikey to spend $500+ to get some unknown data off it.
Smash it up with a hammer :badpc:. Then throw it in the trash, not the ewaste .

25-05-2015, 04:12 PM
Thanks everyone. I'm certainly not going to the expense of formal data recovery. It contains weekly backups and acts as my offsite storage (in the garage). I have a new backup on a different device so there is no disaster.

I think the hammer treatment is the way to go, although I'll still send it to the e-waste so that some elements can be recovered.

25-05-2015, 04:13 PM
If it's usb maybe the controller has died, is it something that can be pulled apart? Just wondering if it would have an internal sata interface like conventional hdds do.

25-05-2015, 04:25 PM
It appears to be totally sealed, although maybe a strategically inserted blade might spring it apart. Even if that worked, identifying analysing and fixing a dead USB controller is way beyond my capabilities.

25-05-2015, 08:44 PM
If the USB-SATA interface has failed and is separate from the rest of the drive, you can just buy a new enclosure and put the drive in it.

25-05-2015, 10:12 PM
OK, I might give it a go. The case doesn't look very accessible though - no visible screws.

25-05-2015, 10:40 PM
If it's a named drive there may be something on the net about accessing it

26-05-2015, 09:51 AM
Perhaps back to the hammer advice. Apply more gently, though!!

26-05-2015, 10:07 AM
Fixing this is on the list, but it has gone down in priority since my house alarm went on the fritz yesterday and started going off at random intervals. It seems to be behaving as though it is permanently activated. It looks like the controller board might have gone bung and of course they are no longer manufactured. My electrician is currently looking to see if he can source one otherwise it looks like I may be up for a whole new system. Just what I need at the moment.

29-05-2015, 11:06 AM
ah well, your drive in that case may be perfectly fine.

i have had very strange happenings occurring recently. from money appearing in empty pockets to a laptop with a white screen during installation of windows being remedied by momentarily connecting a monitor (briefly killed the monitor). i went to sleep when the white screen reared its ugly white mug, owner was none too comfortable the next morning. refreshed from my slumber i plugged in a monitor in an effort to troubleshoto the screen. AND SHE JUST WORKS LOLOLOLOL.

29-05-2015, 01:14 PM
....from money appearing in empty pockets ....

I have money disappearing from my pockets, perhaps thats my money appearing in your empty pocket
Can I have it back please

29-05-2015, 02:24 PM
The electrician came again this morning, checked there was no water in the outside alarm box (there wasn't), connected everything up again, and whadya know - it all worked perfectly, and has done ever since. I'm not sure whether to be pleased about it working, or worried because we haven't found a root cause. The good news is that if it does turn out be a faulty board, the sparky can get his hands on another one.