Solid State Drives are arguably the best type of storage drive on the market at this time. An SSD is designed to have faster read/write speeds, to run using less energy, to take up less space than conventional platter drives, and to operate more reliably in conditions that could derail a normal HDD.
Now even the price of SSDs are beginning to drop, removing the only reason most average consumers had for not upgrading to a new drive.
When a Solid-State Drive Fails
However, not everything in SSD land is rainbows and sunshine. When an SSD drive fails, it fails abruptly and completely. If a HDD decided to stop operating correctly there are options: booting from a Linux flash drive, using USB drive docks, placing the drive in a different PC, data recover companies, and many more options.
Unlike a mechanical platter drive, the only reliable option to recover data from a failed SSD is to contract a data recover company.
Because of the finality of an SSD failure, all SSDs should be protected by a comprehensive backup plan. In most cases, backup plans are an important and integral part of any PC system. However, the ability to recover data from an unexpected mechanical drive failure has made many consumers lackadaisical in configuring backups. This should never be the case when using an SSD.
Backup solutions for PC equipped SSDs are plentiful. Hardware options include using a USB external drive as a simple plug-and-play solution and creating a RAID configuration using 2 or more SSDs to create fault tolerance.
The explosion of Cloud services has made offsite backups relatively inexpensive with products like Carbonite and Crashplan. The style of backup is not as important as making sure an adequate backup plan is in place.
If all else fails, along with your SSD, before a backup solution is in place, the best and most effective way to recover data stored on the failed SSD is to contact a company that specializes in data recovery.