I haven't lost any mission critical data or anything, but I have in my possession a large number of SSD 2.5" drives that were pulled for unreliability or being "dead". I am curious if there's any way to bring them back to life, but purely as an experiment and ignoring things like warranty and sending them to a professional.
This is almost certainly a big waste of time, but I thought I'd ask all the same.
The drives I have fall into two types: I have a stack of Kingston SSDNOW V100 drives that never got the important firmware update that is supposed to prevent data loss. I also have a stack of OCZ Vertex2 SSDs.
In both cases the drives are not recognized at all by the system. Not through an external enclosure, not by connecting the drive as primary SATA, and not by changing the BIOS to AHCI or IDE SATA mode.
That probably means that nothing can be done, but if I open the OCZ drives there is a connector featuring 4 holes labelled GND, TX, RX, and VCC. Is there any chance I can connect a ROM reader or something to this interface and possibly repair or gain more information about the drive?
Has anyone successfully attempted something like a reflow of the NAND chips, which I've seen mentioned online before?
Could there be any other avenue for refreshing these drives to the point where they are recognized somewhere?
I accept they're probably toast and worthless, but before I threw them away I was curious if there's any possible tinkering I could do.
Thanks for your time.