At R3 Data Recovery Ltd we endeavour to always reach a positive outcome for each and every job that comes into the lab on a daily basis. But on occasion some jobs are just too severely damaged to be recovered.
For instance, a hard drive can suffer a head crash, platter damage, or a spindle motor problem. At R3 we commonly classify issues such as these as mechanical failures. Mechanical failures are some of the most complex problems associated with hard drives and quite often can be recovered, providing the client are willing and able to understand the drive needs multiple donors and extreme attention to rebuilding the drive and getting it to function as it once did before it was physically damaged.
However as mentioned before, from time to time the damage is so extreme it is beyond rescue no matter how much money the client is willing to donate to donors, or how skilled or dedicated the engineer tasked with recovering the hard drive is.
A few examples of this we see regularly at R3 are that the customer has dropped their hard drive whilst using it from their desk, or similarly the customer has dropped their laptop whilst moving with it from a decent height.
The primary reason for the data not being recoverable in these cases is that the hard drive inside the external enclosure or the laptop has platters made of glass that can shatter easily when the hard drive chassis suffers blunt trauma. Once the platter is shattered there is no way whatsoever to get the data back.
Another example of major damage is when the platters of the hard disk have been scratched by the read/write arm of the drive. This usually happens when anxious users try to start the computer/laptop again and again after the hard drive has failed (commonly caused by dropping it). Contrary to what most people may think when the drive crashes,
its read/write arm still rests on the platters and damages it when the drive starts to spin, causing deep scoring on the surface and visible rings.
An additional example could be due to the overheating. This is not that common in all honesty, especially with jobs that come into the R3 lab, but it is still a valid issue. Basically, the platters, after being used for a sustained period of time become expanded, not too hard to imagine when The faster hard drives come with rates of speed of 10,000 RPM, and ultimately the magnetic surface area on the platters will get damaged, which results in a loss of data files. If the physical area of the platters are damaged, it will result in unreadable sectors.
Other parts of hard drives that can be overwhelmed due to overheating, are the heads. It is important to remember that hard drives are extremely sophisticated collections of components, and just can’t tolerate overheating.
As outlined at the start of this article, the talented and dedicated engineers here at R3 always strive to garner a positive result when attempting to recover a hard drive. Even in some cases where the damage was so severe it was declared unrecoverable by other data recovery companies, we have managed to recover the data.
However, there will always be the unwanted possibility that a certain hard drive is beyond repair and it is absolutely impossible to recover the data. And this is something important to understand and hopefully accept from a client’s perspective, as everyone at R3 always wants to recover every job successfully, not just for professional gratification, but for the most important reason of all, for the customers happiness.
After all that personal data could be something small or sentimental or it could be someone’s entire life or livelihood. R3 Data recovery ultimately never loses sight of that.
I lost my data after inadvertently deleting my hard drive instead of my wife’s micro SD card in her phone. This was late at night after putting in some serious hours so I can only assume I was over tired and not really thinking. I right clicked the drive I thought was my wife’s card, it asked if I wanted to format it, I said ok and renamed it. A few seconds passed and I took out the SD card put it in the phone and the photos were still there. It took me a few moments to realise what I had done. When I went to the drive that held ten years work there was nothing there and it was renamed.
I went drip white I could hardly breathe… My wife came in asking what was wrong I explained that I had deleted the hard drive and lost everything not just photos, contracts, books I wrote, manuals for my company, all the history of everything I had ever done.
I quickly Googled data recovery whilst my wife found my friend Jack Daniels, there were a few that came up some saying they were 24 hours, when I rang no answer. I came across R3 Data Recovery and they said they were 24 hours, I rang and a real person answered my call. The chap I spoke to calmed me down, asked what I had done and what I had done after. I had the insight to not try and do anything myself as well as do nothing else to the drive. He told me they have great success and a good track record. I explained to him that right now I had lost anything so any data recovery would be better than none.
I have now had the drive back for a week or so and I have not found any of the work that is missing. I have lost my honeymoon pictures, however I may have these on disc somewhere. I estimate the data recovery is about 85%-90% successful. I know there are things missing but it has allowed me to carry on seamlessly without any major issues. I have as of yet to have really missed something. There was a bit of a glitch with the lead that when I connected the drive to the computer it told me the drive had malfunctioned. They organised a pick up the next day and within three days I had a new lead and the data was there. I think all in all even with the lead issue the returned my data within the ten days they said.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. Do not go for anyone else nor attempt anything yourself just call these guys and leave it with them, They kept me very informed and have done a cracking job I am amazed… they exceeded my expectations, thankfully.
Thank you R3 Data Recovery
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