We recently had a case where a 4.0TB Western Digital hard drive had been dropped. When a hard drive is dropped, the read/write heads are typically damaged and need to be replaced. In the best cases, there is no platter damage, but on average there is some damage, even if it’s just to the edge […]
This is an example of a recent recovery we did at Blizzard Data Recovery. In this case the USB flash drive had been broken in half. Some cases are just a matter of replacing the broken connector, testing for shorts or open circuits, and then recovering the data. Although that doesn’t sound too difficult we […]
We continue proving to new customers that we are more than competitive, “we make data recovery affordable”. This past month we received cases for hard disk drives that had already been quoted by Drive Savers and Secure Data Recovery. Here are two examples. Case number 1 was a Western Digital SATA drive model WD5000AAKS. The […]
This week’s special case was a 2007 PATA HDD. This Samsung SP2514N was in an external enclosure and got knocked over. Since the drive was identified as dropped and “previously opened” we first opened it in one of our laminar airflow workstations. Upon inspection we noticed a stiction mark on the top platter but the […]
This weeks special case was a 6GB Western Digital EIDE hard disk drive. That’s right! That was not a typo, six gigabytes of storage in one desktop hard drive that was manufactured in 1999. The data was distributed across two platters but only used 3 heads. This hard drive was making some very unusual screeching […]
In a typical week for some data recovery shops you’ll get standard recovery jobs where drives or files are not accessible to the end user, or maybe an easy, dropped drive case where there is no platter damage and you just need to swap out the head stack assembly. You might also get 1 or […]
Photos of hard drive heads and information about the transition to 4k sectors.
The case of the dropped WD10JPVX-75JC3T0. Hard drives that are dropped while they are in use can present some of the most complex data recovery jobs. This was one of those jobs.
This is what it looks like inside a Western Digital WD5000LPVX-11V0TT0. As you can see they don’t look very complicated. The heads are pretty durable compared to some other brands and models.