Data Recovery

Losing your data in today’s digital world can be a major impact for you. Data loss can be caused by Hard Drive failure, accidentally deleting a file, or data corruption due to system crash or not being shutdown correctly. A hard drive will fail at some point due to parts being mechanical, so the question is “are you backing up your data?”

If your hard drive has failed, all may not be lost, but it can get expensive to try and recover your data, depending on how bad the failure is. We have techniques to try and recover your data at an affordable price. So how is this achieved? It only becomes expensive when the hard drive needs disassembling in a clean room and replacing parts (like crashed heads) or reading the data sector by sector on the platters (see diagram below and How it works below). Our initial techniques doesn’t involve disassembling the drive and so will only cost you an hourly rate, and we can usually find out within the first few hours if this is achievable. We can also recover most deleted data from USB stick / pen, depending on the state of it.

How it works

The mechanism to how a hard drive works hasn’t changed since day one. The only differences between old and modern drives are the speed, capacity and pricing. So if we take a look at the diagram above, the right images shows us the inside of the hard drive. It’s pretty straight forward how it works. When the hard drive has power to it the Spindle will spin the Platter up to the maximum speed (5400rpm is the common). Then Actuator will move the Actuator Arm over the Platter and the Head will read / write the relevant information on the Platter requested via the IDE / SATA Connector (which is connected to the PC / Laptop). There is a circuit board controller underneath the left image hard drive which controls the workings of the hard drive. See Video