• Platter Swap Tools and Stand

    by Apr 18, 2017

    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) […]

  • We Make Data Recovery Affordable

    by Apr 02, 2017

    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 […]

  • Data Recovery Tools and Software

    by Feb 11, 2017

    This post might be helpful if you are thinking about starting your own USB Flash Device or hard disk drive data recovery lab, but the primary reason for writing it is to let our customers see why the business is different than computer repair and support. We also get questions about the the cost of […]

  • Samsung SP2514N and SP2504C Head Swap

    by Jan 28, 2017

    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 […]

  • Recertified Hard Disk Drives – Refurbished HDD

    by Jan 02, 2017

    At Blizzard Data Recovery we sometimes get asked “What is a re-certified hard drive?” According to Seagate if you return a defective drive they “may replace your product with a product that was previously used, repaired and tested to meet Seagate specifications”. In our experience the replacement drive the customer receives will often have a […]

  • How To Find a Seagate Donor Drive

    by Dec 19, 2016

    The following is information we have gathered to help find compatible hard drives for Seagate head swap data recovery cases. None of this information is guaranteed to help you find a matching Seagate donor drive. This is just information that we have gathered from other resources and then refined from our own experience. Use at […]

  • WD 6GB AC26400 Recovery

    by Nov 18, 2016

    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 […]

  • I Opened My Hard Drive – Now What?

    by Nov 06, 2016

    Even if you have opened your hard drive we might still be able to recover your data. If you experienced a hard drive failure and started searching for solutions like: How do I fix a failed hard drive? How to recover lost photos Dead hard disk drive repair Can I fix my own HDD? How […]

  • A Week in the Data Recovery Shop

    by Sep 13, 2016

    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 […]