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Hard Drive Cover Removal: Seriously, Don’t Do It

This classic video from our archive confronts an issue that remains as important as ever to data recovery. We know people are naturally curious, but that curiosity can sometimes threaten the chances of a successful data recovery. The “do it yourself” spirit is alive and well in the age of video tutorials and online forums, but when it comes to your hard drive, you should never attempt a cover removal or any home data recovery method yourself. When hard drives have their cover removed outside of a data recovery lab, it almost always complicates the recovery attempt in the lab. Aside from the obvious barriers, like the chance of dirt or dust touching the platters, cover removal poses other threats to a successful recovery as well.

In this video, we show that simply changing the torque settings of the case screws can mean the difference between whether or not a Western Digital WD800 80 GB hard drive is detected by a computer when it’s plugged in. With incorrectly torqued case screws, the drive makes the “click of death” and is unrecognized by a computer. Hard drives are highly specialized, sensitive pieces of equipment. Even the slightest disruption can cause mechanical failure. For reliable data recovery with the highest chance of success, trust your data to the professionals at Gillware Data Recovery.


  1. Pinaki Maitra says:

    I am from India. First i would like to thank the team for such an extrordinary thought of sharing knowledge. I am very much interested in this stuffs and i have done graduation in computer science. I appriciate Scott and thank him for sharing the knowledge. Here in India recovering data is very expensive as we dont have plenty of resources. I too have 2 hdd not working at this moment and they both carry a lot of data and memories of mine. Some momories belongs to a person who is not there with me anymore so they are very special. But I will try to recover those now on my own as I cant afford to loose them. I cant afford a professional recovery as i cant afford it financialy.
    I will need your help
    Friend From India
    Pinaki Maitra.

  2. […] like simple control board swaps, we’ve discussed at length. We’ve talked about the dangers of opening up a hard drive by yourself. But there is one myth we’ve devoted far too little of our efforts toward dispelling. And that […]

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