Morning all. A problem I've been working on for a week to no avail. Last Friday, I awoke to find my computer (Win 8) frozen. I had to hard restart by holding down the front power button for 6 seconds in order to proceed. After that, I would progress to the 8.1 loading screen, but the circle of dots would just spin forever. I attempted to use a recovery USB to fix the MBR (which I assume was borked), but the recovery USB would not load. I then made a new install USB with Windows 8.1 (would not load, just would go to a black screen) and then with 10 (same issue). The drive, by the way, was recognized by the BIOS just fine and, when I wasn't trying to recover it, would go to the loading screen and just hang there. Of course, I couldn't get into safe mode, given the impossibility of doing so from a cold start.
I ended up pulling the SSD and putting it in an external enclosure and using another hard drive I had laying around as the bootable; windows 8.1 was installed and works fine on that hard drive (and has since been upgraded to 10, as I don't trust the other HDD anymore). I scanned the broken SSD with HDD regenerator (found no bad blocks). Recuva freezes when I select the disk to scan. In My Computer, I see the disk (divided into K and L), but when I try to open the disk, I get an error that the "location is not available" - screenshot attached. In disk management, when I try to convert to a dynamic disk, I get the error that "the operation is not supported by the object."
The drive is a Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) purchased new from Newegg 1/2011 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348
). I was running 8.1 pro when this happened, but the box has since been upgraded to 10 pro. Motherboard is an ASRock Z77 Extreme 6. Not sure what other information might be useful, so let me know what I can provide.
At this point , my main goal is to recover my outlook pst file and my dragon user files (so I don't have to re-train). Any thoughts? I appreciate any suggestions.