I do have Windows 8 recovery USB that I can boot up from, but when I try to either do system restore or use their new "Automatic Repair" my desktop simply freezes up indefinitely, and the only way to bring it back is to press and hold down the power button.
Interestingly enough (I discovered it by accident) if I plug in this SSD into my old Windows 7 desktop, when Windows 7 boots up, the chkdsk utility pops up and does some checks on this SSD, saying that it needs fixing, or something of that nature. After that I can access files on this SSD drive from Windows 7, and they seem to be intact. But if I plug it back into my Windows 8 desktop, the story above repeats again...
I'm not sure if they did away with chkdsk in Windows 8 or what, everything seems to look new and... doesn't work .... argh!