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    Any Hope for Failed Drive?
    Hi,

    I have an external drive which I think is an SSD from a few years ago which failed. Is there anyway of a) knowing this for sure or b) any hope of recovering files from it?

    This is what disk utility shows.

    Thanks!

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    Are you assuming it's failed because it doesn't mount when you plug it in? Try the drive with multiple Macs to see if it works. If not, it could possibly (usually unlikely) the enclosure. From a recovery perspective, there are a few programs that have trials that you can grab and it'll tell you what it found and then you pay to have it recover it. If the data on there is vital, then you might have to go the professional route which can get quite expensive.
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    What make and model is the drive?
    If it has a separate SATA to USB bridge, I would open up the case and test the drive with the SATA connection.

    I had two external drives fail a few years back and in each case it was the SATA to USB bridge that failed, not the actual drive.

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    @Kizon

    It might be useful to know which OS your Mac is running. Reason for asking - long shot I accept - is that your External HD is formatted APFS. If your OS is Sierra or earlier it would be formatted OS X Extended (Journaled) and therefore unable to read an APFS HD.

    Also, if your External is a few years old, are you sure it's a SSD?

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    Something is not right about that drive. It appears that it may have been removed from a Mac and placed in an enclosure. The reason why I ask is that the drive is labeled by Disk Utility as an Apple APFS media. I know that Apple at one time sold external drives but never formatted as APFS.

    So... @Kizon: What's with the drive? Is it an SSD? Was it removed from a machine and placed in an enclosure? Also you state from a few years ago as that does not sound right either.

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    Snap!

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    It might be useful to know which OS your Mac is running.
    Something is not right about that drive.

    +1!!! And I think we have two winners above!!!

    PS: almost any SSD and the mention of any data covering is a huge oxymoron… it when the big expensive recovering guys say so now, especially with garbage collection and leveling often in place. Then it becomes almost impossible.


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