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Damaged Hard Drive Recovery

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.

Parts for Fixing Damaged Harddrive Recovery

Parts for Fixing Damaged Harddrive Recovery

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.


7 Responses to “Damaged Hard Drive Recovery”

  1. George August 6, 2009 4:57 am #

    Hi.. Thanks for such nice post. I have recovered my Laptop hard drive last week from Datarecoveryman in Irvine. named server data recovery oc

  2. Larry W Krosko August 10, 2009 4:10 am #

    I have a fujitsu ext. harddrive that shows up on my computer, but when I click on it, it says it is unavailable. I can hear it run, and tried changing cases too. I am lost here. Is there any way I can recover my data?

    • DTI Data Recovery August 11, 2009 10:46 am #

      Larry, we have some software that will take care of this for you. Recover It All is the best for fixing partitions that is easy to use. We also have a partition repair tool that is Freeware, it can also help, but is advanced. Here are the links to both:

      Recover It All

      Partition Repair Tool

  3. Anonymous October 5, 2009 11:03 pm #

    that video is great!

  4. Sam May 22, 2010 6:33 pm #

    guys pls help…
    i deleted a partition from my hdd while i was browsing my windows vista
    the partiotion was like 10 gb, i had nothing on it so i deleted it for sme reasons
    while deleting the partition
    i got a blue screen
    then the laptop ain’t boot anymore sayinn ” boot error ”
    i tried fixmbr from the vista recovery tool and it was not showinn any hdds in the system…
    then I took the hd out connect it through usb,
    and its showinn that it’s all unallocated though i had like 4 partitions b4
    So, anyway I can recover my data ?
    plzzzzzz i have so much important stuff on it nd i dnt want to format….
    plz help

    • DTI Data Recovery June 3, 2010 11:44 am #

      You need Recover It All, it will get your data back, then you can format. If You are feeling daring, we have a FREE NTFS Partition Repair tool as well. Here is the NTFS Partition Repair Tutorial

    • curt April 28, 2013 4:18 pm #

      Send it to them good work low prices

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