Introduction: Data Recovery 101
Gillware is rolling out a new blog series titled “Data Recovery 101”, in which our bloggers will take a closer look at each of the different components of a hard drive and explain how they work, how they fail and how we recover the data from each failure situation.
The series will include five of the main components of a hard drive: platters, read/write heads, spindle motor, firmware and electronic components such as the control board and other circuitry. When a hard drive is functioning properly, these parts work together in an intricate balance. The parts are very delicate, and even the slightest malfunction can have disastrous consequences.
We see a variety of different failures on a daily basis, both logical and mechanical, and most failures can be tied back to one of the five components mentioned above. In the blog series, we’ll analyze each failure to give you a better idea of what’s going on inside a failed drive. But we won’t stop there, of course. We’ll also give you an inside look at some of the advanced techniques Gillware uses to recover data from different failure situations. This post will focus on the part of the drive that stores the data itself: the platters.