Hard drives can lose data in a lot of different ways. Any number of physical issues can break down the drive’s sensitive internal components. Logical issues can render file system metadata damaged or unreadable. Even something as simple as disconnecting your external hard drive from your computer without safely ejecting it first can make your drive unreadable. When an HDD breaks down, sometimes it can take a whole lot of work to recover hard drive data.
Hard drives keep a “map” of where data lives on the drive so your computer can easily find it. Logical hard drive failure causes portions of the map to vanish, resulting in data loss. When done by accident, even deleting data or reformatting a hard disk counts as “logical damage”. Logical data loss isn’t always the result of human error, though. Corruption of the boot sector or other filesystem metadata also causes data loss.
Data recovery software tools can often resolve these logical data loss situations. However, these software tools have many limitations, and are often used by home users with little knowledge of how hard drives store data. These software tools try to make data recovery as user-friendly as possible, but as a result, they often struggle with more severe data loss situations. If improperly used, data recovery software can even lead to more data loss.
Sometimes it’s better, for both your peace of mind and your data, to leave data retrieval in the hands of data recovery experts. At Gillware, our skilled data recovery specialists use powerful data recovery software tools of our own design to recover hard drive data.
The first hard drive was invented by IBM in the 1950s. It was the size of a refrigerator, and was an extremely complicated data storage machine. Nowadays, hard drives are smaller than sandwiches. They hold orders of magnitudes more data and are that much more complex as well. When they break down, it takes professional experts to repair them and recover hard drive data.
The margins of error for your hard drive’s internal components are razor-thin. It doesn’t take much to throw a wrench in the works and cause data loss. Frequent symptoms of a physical hard disk failure include clicking, beeping, or grinding noises. A failed hard drive can also stop spinning up or start producing smoke.
Whatever component has failed, it takes hard, careful work to repair them and recover hard drive data. Even a single grain of dust is bad news for the interior of a hard drive. To recover hard drive data from broken hard drives, our highly-trained hard drive repair experts need to open them up at the cleanroom workstations in our data recovery lab.
To repair broken hard drives, our engineers frequently have to replace mangled read/write heads and shorted circuit boards. Drives with scratched and debris-laden disk platters need burnishing with specially-designed hard disk burnishing tools. Severely damaged drives often need multiple repairs before we can recover hard drive data from them. Hard drive repair is difficult work—but as Gillware’s happy clients can attest, not without its rewards.