Apple Blade Solid State Drive Recovery

Do you have a failed drive from a MacBook Pro machine manufactured late 2013 to current time? If so, then more than likely the machine contains an Apple Blade SSD similar to the one in the picture. The interface on those Solid State Drives is proprietary to Apple.

So, what to do if this type of blade SSD has failed with regard to data recovery?

First since this is a solid state drive, then there are no moving components compared to a hard disk drive. So, this leads us to three possible major SSD problems: electronics, firmware and bad sectors.

In the data recovery case study below, we have a Mac Blade SSD model MZ-CPA1280/0A2 with a Samsung controller that sustained an electronics failure.

Upon powering on, the SSD was literally dead, no signal in status register.

The data recovery technician verified several chip ware components with a multi meter and determined that a couple were defective from a possible power surge. The respective failed SSD components were a diode, a capacitor and a resistor.

To recover the files successfully, a compatible donor blade SSD was sourced to replace the broken components. An important tip here regarding donors is that often it is possible to source a SSD of the same family despite being slightly different in the model. For this particular case, the donor model SSD was MZ-CPA2560/0A2, which is the same drive, but 256GB in size. The Apple Blade SSD architecture is the same, except it has a larger NAND capacity for storing data (128GB versus 256GB).

As seen in the picture, a combination of replacing the failed SMT component and reflow soldering were necessary to get the drive in operating condition, create a binary sector by sector clone, and lastly extract the relevant critical files.

If you are dealing with a Mac Blade SSD with any of those failures and not sure what to do, contact us for further instructions via email to or directly at (781) 762-1606. We will be happy to assist.