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Detailed info on rebuilding hard drives and recovery of your own data.

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by phototec, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

    May 23, 2008
    There is allot of chit chat one Signs 101 regarding hard drive failure and recovery, some good suggestions and some are bad according to the experts.

    I found a series of videos by Scott Moulton of Forensic Strategy Services, they run about 9 minutes each and are very informative. I believe all here could benefit watching the videos to better understand why and how hard drive fail, and options to recover the lost data.

    Scott has uses a neat trick of purchasing an exact copy of the bad drive and swapping out the circuit boards, without even opening up the hard drive. He says that out of the thousands of hard drives his company has recovered data from, only 15% was related to hardware malfunctions, most failures are attributed to software and often a component on the PC board gets fried by static or heat, and by changing out the PC board you can get the drive to work long enough to recover the data.

    After going thru all 7 of the basic videos and if you want to learn more, you can watch the 5 advanced videos. I have viewed all of them, and for the first time have a real good understanding about what goes wrong and how to fix the problem and recover the data. I will be looking for a match to a bad drive I have and use his techniques to see if I can recover the data.

    Hard Drive Recovery Part 1

    Hard Drive Recovery Part 2

    Hard Drive Recovery Part 3

    Hard Drive Recovery Part 4

    Hard Drive Recovery Part 5

    Hard Drive Recovery Part 6

    Hard Drive Recovery Part 7


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  2. wrapworld2

    wrapworld2 Member

    Apr 5, 2011
    Cookeville, TN
    i agree 100%

    i learned of this same Strategy they are talking about from my computer guy and we saved the first 4 years of my art and design by doing this same technique as they are in the videos. this is going to save you all some serious cash by just swapping out the guts and booting them back up... i almost dyed when i saw all this old stuff again after they had been thrown in a drawer for three years and left for dead. we recovered almost every bit of it in less than an hours time...... for frrrrrreeeeeee !!!! thanks for sharing this info.. it will help lots of people on here... our backup is our life at times ... as we all know.... thanks again .... lee
  3. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

    May 23, 2008

    Yep, I have a drive that died about 4 years ago, I kept it and now I will search ebay for the same model drive and swap out the guts, I think I can do it for the cost of a old drive, nothing compared to the $800-$1000 the recovery pro's charge.

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