How to Repair Hard Bad Sectors
The reality of bad sectors is that eventually you may be forced to deal with data loss and hardware failure. It is not possible to repair hard bad sectors using software products alone, despite what Google searches might suggest. As the issue is caused by physical damage to the hard disk, a physical repair is required.
It is at this point you should call Gillware and arrange for the disk to be couriered to our data recovery lab in Madison, Wisconsin. We will provide a free assessment of the damage and provide you with an estimate of how much data is recoverable, as well as the cost and the time it will take us to complete the job. The disk drive will need to be opened, cleaned with specialist equipment, or even physically rebuilt from spare parts.
We absolutely do not recommend attempting a home fix no matter how confident you may be at completing the task successfully. If you chose to open a disk at home in an uncontrolled environment, then it is highly likely that dust and particles will get inside the disk platters and cause irrevocable damage.
Our data recovery lab provides a clean, sterile environment that is certified to ISO 5 class 100 standards, and we have a large range of donor parts that can be used to rebuild the damaged disk. Our data experts will disassemble the hard disk in the clean room and examine the damage. If required, we have specialized equipment that allows us to directly clean the platters and rebuild the drive heads.
Once the media is in a position where it can be read, we will take a clone of the disk and then proceed to recover as much data as possible using our in-house proprietary software known as HOMBRE. This tool enables Gillware to track the lifecycle of the disk’s journey within our lab and catalogues the data we recover for our clients.
Hard bad sectors are typically physically damaged data blocks. There is a chance that not all data is recoverable; however, Gillware’s data engineers are experts in their field, and our specialized tools including the disk platter cleaning tool is highly accurate and significantly increases our success rates of recovering all of our clients valuable data.
If you’re ready for a quote for data recovery from a hard drive with bad sectors, contact Gillware today.