Recover data from failed SSD SanDisk Ultra II

Scott Fell
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New SSD drive stopped being recognized after 2 months.  Good news is all my data is continually backed up and SanDisk is sending me a new one.  

Is there a software tool that can read or better wipe out data from a bad SSD?
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noxchoIT Product Manager
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If the drive is not being recognized by any computer you try it on then it is dead and there is no need to erase it. You can destroy it if you want to be sure.
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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If I could get to it, it will save me a lot of time reinstalling programs. Only my data is backed up.  More importantly, if I send it back, I don't want to have any possibility of data being accessed.  They said I could drill one hole in it after I asked if I can send it back smashed and I was assured it would be shredded.

Just because the drive is not accessible as is does not mean somebody with a little know how and the right tools can't extract data.
IT Product Manager
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The SSD drives have inside the chips which store your data. If they are damaged then nobody even with a know how would get the data from it.
To get the data from it or at least to try to get it the drive should be detected by any PC or drive box. If it won't show itself in BIOS or BIOS then it is dead. And you got a good advice - 100% guarantee goves you physically destroying the drive. Drill it, smash with a hammer, burn it - then nobody would ever get anything from it.
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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I just got off the phone with SanDisk and they said the same thing.

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