As the name suggests, entering an SSD in read-only or write-protected mode means that no more data can be written to its memory, but the data is still accessible in read-only mode. This means that if the SSD was your system drive, the PC will surely not boot anymore, but you can still connect the SSD as a secondary drive and access its data to take it elsewhere, which we will teach you how to do here. .
What to do with a write-protected SSD?
By the time the SSD has reached the end of its useful life and is in read-only mode, you have several options, but in each of them you should keep in mind that this SSD will no longer be able to continue to be used. use and you will have to buy another one.
If you had the SSD as a secondary device, what you can do is as easy as connect another extra SSD in the computer and copy the data from one to another, but the problem arises when the SSD that was put in read-only mode that was the system boot device because the operating system will not be able to boot. In this case, your options are reduced to cloning the SSD (for which you should have done some previous steps) using software, using a friend’s PC to do so, or cloning it with a dock. reception.
How to clone SSD to a new one
If your SSD is in the 2.5 inch format, it is easier, because you will only need a cloning station that you can buy for less than 30 dollars in stores. Simply plug the old SSD into the source (source) port of the docking station and the new SSD into the target port of the same device, press the copy button and just wait for the copy to complete. When it does, just install the new SSD where you had the old one and you will end up just as you had it because a cloning will have been done.
If the SSD you have write-protected is in M.2 format, the options are significantly reduced. You can buy an external enclosure for M.2 SSDs with a USB connection which has a price of around 20 dollars to connect it, although you can do the same if your motherboard has multiple M.2 sockets available to connect. SSDs, but in any case you will have to do it through software. To do this, you will also need a USB drive (since we also assume that this was the bootable SSD and the PC will “not work” without it).
The first thing to do is download Tuxboot (on another PC, like a friend’s, if yours won’t start due to the SSD), a free software that will automatically download Clonezilla and turn the USB stick into a bootable device. so that it can be can boot the PC from it. Run Tuxboot once you have downloaded it and at the top select in “Online distribution” clonezilla_live_stable and current, which are the parameters that come by default. At the bottom, select USB Drive in Type and in Drive, select the letter of the drive where you have the USB stick connected (of course you will have to connect it first).
After the process is complete, you will need to boot the PC where the old and new SSDs are connected to start the cloning process. When it starts up, a screen like the one you see below will appear, in which you need to select the first option.
Then you will enter a wizard, in which you must select the following options:
- Spanish language (es_ES.ITF-8 Spanish).
- Start Clonezilla.
- Device-device (disk / partition to disk / partition).
- Local disk to cloned local disk
- In this section, you need to select the source disk, usually the one labeled sda.
- In the following, select the destination disk, usually sdb.
- Check and repair interactively.
- Use the partition table of the source disk.
After that, it will show a summary of everything and after pressing Y and ENTER, the cloning process will start.
When finished, it will ask us if we want to clone the bootloader as well; press Y and ENTER again to say yes.
It only remains to wait for it to end. When it does, you can shut down your computer and install the new cloned SSD on your PC.