So I think the answer to this is going to be “you’re out of luck”, but I figured it’s worth asking. I’ve got a dead hard drive and I’d love to fix it, or at least get some information off it.
It’s a 1TB Samsung SSD, and it’s not my main drive (whew!). That’s a 500GB Samsung SSD. This larger drive was a secondary drive, and it had basically all my game installs, along with the video editing I used to do. I’m 99% sure the games were cloud saved, although I’m a bit worried about a couple of things I’d been playing from the Epic Games Store and Uplay. I better not have lost my Watch Dogs progress!
Here’s what happened. Several months ago, I was trying to download Alyx, and the download crapped out because my drive disappeared! I stopped the download, mucked around, and eventually the drive reappeared. Weird. But every time I tried to resume the download of Alyx, it would “kill” the drive. So I didn’t download Alyx. I wasn’t that psyched about playing it anyway. Fine.
Fast forward to tonight, when I notice a folder in Steam called Download. It’s got 80GBs of junk in it. I Googled whether it was safe to delete, and it was, so I did. Except that it wasn’t safe to delete because now the drive isn’t showing up in Windows!
I’ve verified that it’s having issues regardless of which SATA port it’s connected to, so it’s not an onboard SATA port screw-up, and it’s not an issue with cables. Seems there was some “bad section” related to where I was downloading Alyx, and deleting the files “woke up” the “bad section” and now the drive is dead again? Those might not be accurate technical terms.
But here’s the deal. Sometimes I can see it in BIOS! It isn’t showing up in File Explorer, or the Device Manager, or on the Disk Management option. It’s not even showing up in Samsung’s “Magician” software (such a dumb name for disk management software). But I can see it in BIOS! It’s correctly listed and identified along with my other drive. At some level, it still exists! So at some level, shouldn’t I be able to access it, and at least get stuff off it?
My main concern is the cost of replacing it, and if there’s some way to identify and fix why it did what it did, I can save myself a couple hundred (?) bucks. But my secondary concern is some of the video I was editing. I have footage of playthroughs that I had half a mind to edit together and post. My tertiary and pretty much negligible concern is the games I had installed. I can just download them again and hope the saves are in the Steam cloud.
So does anyone have any ideas for how a fellow can access and troubleshoot a hard drive that shows up in BIOS, but isn’t accessible via the usual manners in Windows 10?