Rotational Scoring

April 14, 2017
A photo of Core International workers dumping defective CMI hard drives into the Atlantic Ocean

Hard Drive History Lesson: The PC AT and CMI’s Burial at Sea

Hard disk drives might seem like a dry subject. But the history of hard disk drives and their evolution from five-megabyte fridge-sized monstrosities to five hundred […]
February 16, 2017
A typical BOOTMGR image error: "BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot."

Data Recovery Case Study: Fixing a BOOTMGR Image Error (The Hard Way)

When you turn on your PC, you expect to see the Windows startup screen shortly afterward, followed by your familiar Windows login screen. You don’t expect […]
February 1, 2017
WD My Passport status LED

Seagate Hard Drive Repair Case Study: LED the Way

In this data recovery case, our client had been using their external hard drive to store important documents. After their Seagate external hard drive stopped detecting in their […]
January 4, 2017
Western Digital Server Crash

Server Crash Recovery Case Study: Lightning Strikes Twice

The client in this data recovery came to us after their local fire department suffered a server crash. A lightning strike to the station had led […]
November 11, 2016
Clicking Western Digital hard drive

Clicking Western Digital Hard Drive Recovery Case Study: Settling the Score

The client in this data recovery case came to Gillware with a clicking Western Digital hard drive. They had been using their Western Digital My Passport […]
September 22, 2016

Hard Drive Platter Damage Recovery Case Study: Western Digital

When a hard drive comes to our data recovery lab here at Gillware after spending some time in another data recovery company’s lab, it’s usually for […]
June 20, 2016

RAID 5 Video Demonstration: Salvaging Data with a Stale Drive

In this RAID 5 video blog, Brian Gill breaks down one of our recent RAID 5 data recovery cases. Our client sent in a 3 drive […]
July 8, 2015
A hard drive platter with visible platter damage

Barriers to Hard Drive Data Recovery: Rotational Scoring

Updated 7/8/2015 One important question clients ask when considering data recovery is: “How likely will a successful data recovery be?” For us, the answer depends mostly […]
January 30, 2015
scored hard drive

Cleaning Hard Drive Platters

Recovering the data stored on a failed hard disk drive (HDD) has always been hard…really hard. The nano-scale tolerances and cutting-edge technology that make the ultra-high […]
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