I have never seen a clone kill hardware, if the drive already had an issue or was failing prior to cloning, the extra usage while cloning may have finished the drive off. By ruined I assume they ran diagnostics on the drive and found it was bad?
The only time I have seen a problem with clones (outside of already failing hard drives) is when the cloning order was incorrect, possibly the blank ssd was cloned to the 1TB drive? This means that the info on the 1tb drive may be lost entirely as it would have been over written with blank data from the SSD. I am not certain this is what happened but it is one possibility.
I would recommend you run seatools on the old drive as suggested by John C if possible.
If data is important, you can try to use a data recovery tool such as RStudio, GetDataBack, (Free: Recuva, Test Disk). You will need to attatch your 1tb drive to the computer to do any of the tests or data recovery. There should be no issue reconnecting the hard drive.
Just FYI, if indeed the clone was done from the blank SSD to the 1tb drive, it might be very difficult to recover data if at all.
Edited by zingo156, 12 January 2015 - 11:28 AM.