I am not sure if all the data is gone. Here's my initial report. Will update thread with solution or whatever this means. My first SSD failure, so I am not sure if this is even a drive fail.
sys: ADATA SP900SS SSD, Win 8.1, AMD
Accessing a freq used media folder containing MP3/MP4, the contents were missing.
A search returned the correct pointers to the file, however no actual file itself... See image here: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/249834710644162560/336434604108021760/image.png
Other dirs/folders on drive visible but contents also MIA. My paranoia kicked in so shut it down in case of ransomware - this system's worth 30USD so without hesitating I turned it back on with great pride and courage at whatever I faced. Then suddenly before me; there it was. The windows bootloader rotated the little circles for a brief moment before - A BLACK SCREEN. For a minute there was nothing. Then came a dubious Windows login prompt, everything about this screamed I was using a VM, but again, what was there to lose?
With peanut M&M's and a jar of maple syrup from the Snow Mexicans at heading FAR NORTH of here, I gave the machine my credentials, and she played along 'til I realised one of them obamadrones took a liking of my goddamn Hard Drive. I shot that thing out the sky with my shotgun. GODDAMN OBAMA DRONE. BETTER NOT BE LOOKIN AT MUH DAUGHTER WITH YUR GADDAMN OBAMADR...
[Homage to Terry Davis - talented programmer, TempleOS creator]
So the drive came up in drive manager, I assigned it GPT (I think it used to have GPT), and now it's sitting in Drive Manager as an unallocated disk. I don't want to allocate anything to it to prevent Windows from touching it further (Obamadrone....), but I assume if the drive has told windows it's empty then the drive's own internal hardware has probably done some lovely magic in the backend on it already.
Anyhow, you came for the story, I hope it was somewhat cringeworthy to say the least. Please let me know what you think I should do. Leave as unallocated? Never use again?