We recently added to our long list of HDD repair tools and were pleasantly surprised at the quality and value of these new tools. The platter removal tools and platter stand from HDD Head Tools (DFL) support both 2.5″ and 3.5″ hard drives. The platter removal tools (1 x 2.5″ and 1 x 3.5″ tool) are a new implementation of an older concept. They have definitely taken some of the risk out of platter removal. The platter stand incorporates 2.5″ and 3.5″ capabilities all in one tool.
Our previous platter swap tools were effective for standard hard drives (no spacers) but the materials and workmanship were not top quality. These new tools recently listed by Dolphin Data Labs at HDD Head Tools are really good quality and priced incredibly low for quality data recovery tools. And the best part, they work on HDDs with spacers.
I couldn’t wait to try out the new tools, and like anything new in data recovery, you need to test and practice with used devices before attempting a real recovery. So I broke out an old Seagate 3.5″ hard disk drive with spacers for a quick test run. The tools performed just as advertised and by the 3rd platter I was already releasing the tool from the platter with a steady and fluid motion. The tools did not include instructions but didn’t really require any. They should be easy to use for any data recovery professional.
Comparing the platter stand to the competition I can’t see why I would need to spend FOUR times as much to accomplish the same goal. The only advantage the competition has is that their 2.5″ and 3.5″ platter stand are separate tools. As far as the platter removal tool goes, I don’t really see an easy to use competitive tool for sale right now.
It’s really nice to see some competition from the data recovery tool manufacturers. There has always been a huge gap in the quality and price of the tools we need to make data recovery affordable.