Samsung 860 EVO SSD Data Recovery

There's no doubt that the world of storage technology has come a long way. As we continue to depend more and more on digital data, the need for efficient, reliable, and high-performance storage solutions is paramount. Among these, the Samsung 860 EVO SSD stands out as a remarkable piece of technology. Despite its reliability, data loss can occur due to several reasons, often causing distress and disruption. This is where Zero Alpha steps in.

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The Samsung 860 EVO SSD: A Common Problems Overview

Before we dive into the data recovery process, let’s explore some common issues users face with the Samsung 860 EVO SSD. Despite being a highly regarded storage solution, the 860 EVO SSD series, which uses Samsung's advanced V-NAND technology, can encounter several problems that may affect its performance and data integrity.

1. Data Loss or Corruption:

  • Symptoms: Files may become inaccessible, corrupted, or completely disappear.
  • Causes: Power failures, sudden shutdowns, software bugs, or file system errors can lead to data loss or corruption. Accidental deletion or formatting of the SSD is also a common issue.

2. Firmware Issues:

  • Symptoms: The SSD may not be recognized by the system, may exhibit slow performance, or may frequently crash.
  • Causes: Firmware bugs or outdated firmware versions can lead to these problems. Keeping the firmware updated is crucial for maintaining optimal performance and stability.

3. Wear and Tear:

  • Symptoms: Gradual degradation in read/write speeds and overall performance.
  • Causes: The 860 EVO has a finite number of write cycles, and extensive use over time can lead to wear leveling issues, reducing the drive’s efficiency and lifespan.

4. SATA Interface Problems:

  • Symptoms: The SSD may fail to connect or experience slow data transfer rates.
  • Causes: Poor connection quality, faulty cables, or compatibility issues with the SATA 3.0 interface can result in connectivity problems.

5. Compatibility Issues:

  • Symptoms: The SSD may not function properly when used with certain systems or configurations.
  • Causes: Incompatibility with certain motherboards, operating systems, or drivers can cause the SSD to malfunction or underperform.

6. Performance Degradation:

  • Symptoms: Noticeable drop in sequential and random read/write speeds.
  • Causes: Over time, the SSD may experience performance degradation due to excessive write operations or inefficient garbage collection processes.

7. Power Loss:

  • Symptoms: Sudden data loss, file corruption, or SSD not being recognized by the system.
  • Causes: Unexpected power outages or improper shutdowns can cause data loss and may even damage the SSD.

8. Encryption Problems:

  • Symptoms: Issues accessing encrypted data or problems during the encryption process.
  • Causes: Errors with the AES 256-bit encryption, TCG/Opal V2.0, or Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667) features can lead to data inaccessibility or loss.

Despite its impressive specifications, including storage capacities from 250GB to 4TB, high endurance levels up to 2,400 TBW, and robust security features, the Samsung 860 EVO SSD is not immune to these issues. When data loss or other problems arise, it’s essential to address them promptly and seek appropriate solutions to prevent further damage and recover valuable information.

Zero Alpha's Approach to Data Recovery

At Zero Alpha, we have an experienced team of data recovery professionals who specialize in SSD data recovery, including the Samsung 860 EVO SSD. We use state-of-the-art technology and advanced data recovery techniques to recover your valuable data.

Initial Assessment

Once we receive your Samsung 860 EVO SSD, our team first carries out an initial assessment. This step involves identifying the cause of data loss. It could range from logical errors, physical damage, firmware corruption, electronic component failure, to accidental deletion.

Detailed Data Recovery Plan

Based on our initial assessment, we develop a detailed recovery plan tailored specifically to your case. For logical issues, we use specialized software tools that can bypass the issue and access the data directly. For physical damage or electronic issues, we have a Class 100 clean room where our technicians carefully replace faulty components without risking further damage to the SSD.

Safe Data Extraction

Once we gain access to the SSD, we proceed to safely extract the data. Our process ensures that the original data is not altered in any way during the recovery process.

Validation and Delivery

Post-recovery, we validate the retrieved data to ensure its integrity. After your approval, we transfer the recovered data to a new storage medium of your choice and securely deliver it to you.

At Zero Alpha, we understand the value of your data. Our commitment to a customer-centric approach, coupled with our expertise in data recovery, makes us a reliable choice for your Samsung 860 EVO SSD data recovery needs. We aim to provide the best possible outcome, assuring you peace of mind during the data recovery process.

860 EVO PMIC Schematics

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Data Recovery Case Log

Model : Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB
Serial : S4BENE0M202309M
Firmware : RVT02B6Q
Capacity : 500 GB (976 773 168)

samsung 860 evo 500gb mz 76e500 2019 data recovery

28March2024: SSD was staying busy for a while and came ready. When enters utility:

Utility Output:

Password set............................ : No
DCO..................................... :  DCO configuration identify error HDD Redynes timeout (10000)
Error scenario.......................... : Has finished with fatal error. Process terminated!
Set Max LBA............................. : Set max LBA (48-bit) reading error Operation aborted
Error scenario.......................... : Success
Capacity................................ : With no restrictions

samsung 860 evo PCB opened S4LR030 500gb mz 76e500 2019 data recovery

samsung 860 evo 500gb 2019 mz 76e500 thermal camera

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB MZ-76E500 Data Recovery Case Log

20Jun24: This 860evo ssd does not show up in windows. It takes a whooping 25 seconds to come ready. The ssd goes busy and unresponsive if you try and read any data from it. Thermal camera shows normal activity same as example photo above. 

Model : Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB
Serial : S3YANB0M608020F
Firmware : RVT03B6Q
Capacity : 500 GB (976 773 168)

CPU: S4LR030

samsung 860 evo 500gb how to open pentalobe p6 screwdriver data recovery

How to open 860 EVO Sata SSD

Use a Pentalobe (Five-Point Star) Size P6 (1.5 mm diameter). There are 3 screws to remove. 2 of them are hidden under the label as shown in the above picture (circled). Both parts will easily seperate.