Hard Drive Recovery Platter Swap: Hardly A New Technology.
Recently I came across a news article about how another data recovery company “broke the platter replacement barrier”. I didn’t realize other companies saw hard drive platter swapping as a barrier! DTI Data Recovery has been successfully replacing and controlling platters independantly for years. When my hard drive crashed a while back I even wrote about how DTI replace the platters to recover data.
Some of the reasons we might have had an edge in developing advanced hard drive recovery techniques are we are not only a forensic data recovery company, but we teach and certify forensic technicians. Forensic recover and electronic discovery have led us down a path of having to deal with raw data ripped mostly by law enforcement professionals right off of a suspect hard drive. Without actually having the original disk media, DTI has created proprietary tools to break hard drive manufacturers encrypted microcode. These techniques and technology are the foundation for being able to read hard disk platters independent of the electronics associated with drive media.
The second factor is where we are located. Operating in Florida has forced us to deal with a lot more flood and hurricane related hard drive recoveries than the average data recovery company. Because of the disaster recovery situations we have been forced to deal with DTI has developed cutting edge techniques in dealing with just the hard disk platters. You see that is the real trick. Any competent mechanic in a dust free area can exchange platters with the right tools. It is breaking down what is on the platters that is the hard part.
These are just two of the many building blocks that have created the technology DTI uses every day. While it is true we employ many different tools and data recovery techniques to deal with hard drive failure, each situation requires its own unique solution. It is also not just us. I personally know of at least three competitors that also have been swapping platters for a while. Don’t be fooled by these “revelations” of “new” technology. In this day and age, press releases are a prime manner to get into search engines. I suppose they have to say something!