Hard Drive Recovery

Even as new data storage technologies evolve like Solid State Drives, conventional hard disk drives (HDDs) remain a popular choice for personal and business data storage. Still the cheapest storage option, disc drives have grown in capacity and decreased in size as the price per terabyte of storage has dropped dramatically over the years.

Widely used internally in desktops and laptops hard drives have found their way into our mobile devices, tablets, game consoles, thermostats, DVR's and more. External drives are also likely to be conventional, and HDD's are commonly stacked in an enterprise server room. The internet of things, has put the HDD into a growing number of devices and demand for storage is growing.

We trust hard disk drives with financial spreadsheets, documents, photos, videos, music and many other forms of data. As HDD's are used in more devices in our home, we may not even realize the impact, until the drive fails and our data is gone!

Getting Your HDD Recovered

A drive requires logical data recovery if files have been deleted accidentally, are corrupt or have experienced a different software error. At 24 Hour Data, our engineers have a minimum of 10 years of experience, allowing our team to quickly and affordably extract any lost data.

If a hard drive has been physically damaged or is mechanically broken after too many read/write cycles, the drive may require physical data recovery to extract lost data. In this scenario, a drive needs to be repaired, which requires the external enclosure to be opened and the sensitive components inside to be exposed.

A certified clean room environment is necessary to eliminate dust and microscopic contaminants that can enter the drive. A clean room drastically improves the odds of a successful recovery operation. 24 Hour Data handles all physical HDD recoveries in a certified clean room enviornment located in Dallas, TX.

At 24 Hour Data, our engineers have the skills, talent, expertise and industry partnerships to:

  1. Obtain manufacturer grade parts to repair a damaged drive
  2. Repair the drive in a clean room environment
  3. Extract the lost data, transferring it to a new drive for safe storage, where it can be reintegrated into your desktop, laptop, notebook or RAID array.

Potential Reasons for Hard Drive Data Recovery

Hard Disc Hazards

  • Disk Reformatting/Accidental Deletion
  • Mechanical Hard Drive Failures
  • Head Crash Causing Platter Damage
  • Virus/Malware
  • Deleted Files and Partitions
  • Blue Screen Of Death
  • File Overwrites
  • Physical Damage From Fire or Flood
  • Software Corruption

Understanding Physical Hard Drive Failure

Hard drives use a magnetic head to read data imprinted on spinning platters. A hard drive can fail if the platter develops bad sectors, preventing the head from reading data from that sector. It can fail if the platter becomes scratched or knocked out of alignment. Or it can fail if the magnetic head actually gets stuck to the platter. This is called a head crash and could mean complete data loss if you don’t call a professional data recovery service to repair the drive and extract the data. 

When hard drive failure is occurring or imminent, often signaled by a beeping or clicking hard drive, it’s important to power down your drive immediately! Taking any other action, including repeatedly rebooting the computer to attempt to read the data on the drive, could ruin the hard drive and make data recovery impossible. If 24 Hour Data can get your data back after such extensive damage, it’s likely to cost more. 

Power down your computer at the first sign of hard drive failure and call a professional!

Don’t Take Chances with Your Data

In spite of the many myths and misconceptions about do-it-yourself data recovery, if you need your data back fast, and can’t afford to take the chance of losing it all, you need the help of data recovery professionals. Nothing else can replace the expertise and environment of a professional service like 24 Hour Data. We have the positive reputation and success rate to prove it!

Hard Disk Drive History

In 1956, IBM deployed the first hard disk drives for commercial use. These early disc drives measured 24 inches and were mounted in standalone boxes or equipment racks. By 1980, hard disk storage leader Seagate introduced the first 5.25 inch hard disk drive to ship in a desktop computer.
Hard disk drives have followed a trend similar to Moore’s Law in terms of development. Moore’s Law states that in the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. Hard disk storage capacity expands as the price per megabyte (and, most recently, terabyte) drops, based on a phenomenon called Kryder’s Law. Today, 4TB drives and larger are affordable even for personal use.
While the basics of hard drive operation have remained the same for decades, today’s hard drives include hybrid drives, combining the best aspects of hard disk drives with solid state technology, and encrypted drives. Drives using Full Disk Encryption (FDE) encrypt data at the hardware level for protection against unauthorized viewing or use, even if a laptop or external drive is stolen. 

Professional Data Recovery Services for All Hard Disk Drives

As hard disk technology has evolved to include hybrid and encrypted drives, data recovery becomes more challenging. It takes professionals to safely extract data from an encrypted drive or to repair the components of a hybrid drive before data recovery.
Whether it’s a conventional HDD, encrypted drive or hybrid drive, 24 Hour Data has stayed ahead of the technology curve, offering state-of-the-art proprietary methods to ensure high success rates.

24 Hour Data Works on Drives From All Manufacturers and Operating Systems

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