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Hard drive recovery by Datlabs  – recover data from ALL makes and manufacture of hard disk drives:

We retain in-stock replacement parts for the large majority of current world manufactures shown above and many legacy manufacturers and branded hard disk drives such as Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, HP, Quantum, Conor and many more.

Computer hard disk drives store your operating system, programs and/or data. The data is retained when power to the computer is switched off. Faulty hard drives will usually present with the following problem categories:

  • Logical Failure (corrupt file system data),
  • Electronic Failure (PCB + connector damage),
  • Firmware Failure (corrupt drive operating code),
  • Media Degradation (magnetic platter surface damage)
  • Mechanical Failure (moving part component failure ).

A faulty Solid State Drive (SSD) will typically exhibit storage chip or on-board power component failure.
In most cases the device will not be recognised by the BIOS and the computer will show a black screen.

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Hard Disk Drive Mechanical Faults.

Second only too media issues, we see an inordinate number of hard drives whose moving parts have failed, often in portable devices such as laptops, external devices and music devices. where there at an increased risk of a knock or fall. Hard disk drive moving parts will exhibit signs of wear and tear over their extended life leading to problems such as an increased number of reported bad sectors (bad sector count) and SMART error reports.

Hard Disk Drive fault symptoms.

Typical symptoms of a hard disk drive with faulty mechanical components are unusual noises during power up and operation. If you hear clicking, beeping, grinding or buzzing we encourage you to power off the device immediately to prevent further damage occurring.

If you hear such a noise our staff are on hand to help and if required discuss your needs for data recovery, we have a fully equipped clean room to deal with all hard disk drive mechanical faults and can in the majority cases replace faulty components , restore operation and recover the data stored on the recording media.

Hard Disk Drive Corrupt Firmware.

Hard drives with corrupt or deleted firmware require specialist diagnostic test equipment to diagnose and remedy the problems.

The hard drive firmware is the operating code or as we like to call it the drives own operating system, which controls the actual hard drive operation. From time to time this firmware can become corrupted, damaged or become inaccessible and access to data on the drive will be lost.

Symptoms of a firmware failure vary, however if your drive sounds as it should and isn’t recognized in BIOS then it may just be suffering from a firmware failure. Is your device is recognized in BIOS with an unusual capacity or incorrect drive label then this is an indication that the hard drive firmware is faulty or corrupt.

Updating, repairing and correcting faulty hard drive firmware requires that you have access to the hard drive interface at machine code level using specialist equipment. Here at Datlabs we have all the tools and experience needed to overcome firmware failure and recover inaccessible data.

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