When a hard drive is damaged it almost always comes down to one of two things that are wrong. Either the electronics are bad or the heads have failed. Damaged hard drive recovery involves repairing the parts that are broken and then accessing the data stored on the platters. The image below shows details of what hard drive parts look like as well as a close up of the platters and head assembly on a working harddrive.
Techniques Used To Repair Damaged Hard Drives
While it is true there are a lot of articles around the Internet on how to fix a damaged hard drive, most of them are very dangerous if you actually care about your data. There are actually videos out there that tell you to whack your hard drive or use a screwdriver to get the platters and heads unstuck. Below I put in a tongue in cheek version of a hard drive repair video That is amusing, but still not too far from some of the other stuff I have seen online!
For the most part a damaged hard drive MUST be opened in a clean room to protect not only from dust, but from magnetic and static discharges. Anything else is putting your data at a great risk! Visit our main site if you have questions about hard drive recovery.