Can You Recover Lost Data?

March 14, 2018

DATA Recovery

In a nutshell, recovering data means that someone has to try to salvage inaccessible data from a corrupted or damaged storage site. Think computers and how they crash, sometimes inexplicably and you are suddenly left with nothing.

That feeling of helplessness when your computer crashes leads you to an expert in data recovery. Sometimes they are successful and sometimes they aren’t but they are all trained in salvaging files from storage media like external hard disk drives, solid state drives, USB flash drives, CD’s, DVD’s, and magnetic tapes.

Data recovery can be needed for different things, the most common is an operating system failure but computers can also be damaged by physical damage and things like tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes; things that are deemed ‘acts of God’. Then of course there is the good old virus or Trojan Horse that gets into the computer and renders it in need of quick and professional assistance.

If you have the most common type of data recovery it will be because of an operating system failure and in that case the technician will try to get your files on to an other device. If you have a drive level failure and/or a compromised file system or hard drive disk failure the data may not be as easy to recover and read. In this case the technician would try to repair the file system itself, and luckily some damage may be able to be repaired by replacing parts of the hard disk. If there is still damage there is a specialized disk imagining procedure that can be undertaken to try to recover every readable bit of the data that can be reclaimed. Then the files can possibly be reconstructed.

Usually if your computer crashes and you need a data recovery expert you will take the computer to them, but other times they have to do their work remotely either because the system is just too big to take in or just too far away for it to be possible. This of course requires a lot more skill and expertise in the field.

Simply, then there are four phases of data recovery. Repair the hard disk drive, image the drive to a new drive, logical recovery of files and repair retrieved files. Once all four steps have been taken, we hope that your computer is up and running again, and it should last-until the next time you experience a crash.

34 Comments

  • Guerro March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    How about software or something to recover data from an SSD drive that was wiped accidentally using the Clean command in DiskPart?

  • Primetime94 March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I would have also searched for files with the extension of jpeg and jpe. Both are valid extensions for JPEG files.

  • Lionel Wagner March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Bad camera work! Should be zoomed in on the drive!

  • PaPiRiCoSuAvE March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    how much do they charge to fix HDD or SSD?

  • PBMS123 March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    what about the fact some files are saved as .jpeg rather than just jpg?

  • Alex PR March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I need to know what would be a good software choice to try recover data from WD green 2TB drive. The drive is detected in BIOS, but not recognized in Windows. The board has been swapped out with original EEPROM and is working correctly, as much as I can tell. Would this be a good idea to image the entire drive onto a new drive? I have Acronis software for this task.

  • Berny M March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Interesting insight into drive anatomy and data recovery. Thanks.

  • حسين علي March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Hey man nice job I have a hard drive that got suddenly undetected what can I do to fix this problem please help me

  • benudhar sahoo March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Great Video

  • Carlo Gremar Jimenez March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    How can I download the DeepSpar Disk Imager?

  • Carlo Gremar Jimenez March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    What is the BLUE SCREEN? is that the BIOS?

  • K S March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I've never had anything but problems with WD drives

  • Suprakash Choudhary March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Can anybody help me? My disk is not spinning in hard disk

  • gile gilic March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Recuva is beter. Your software its too old. Im just kidding. Nice job!

  • Dave M March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    What software is this @ 23:48 ?

  • aknixo March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    How much $$ approx/roughly? (for the effort shown in this video)

  • Diego Scott Barton March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Esa parte me recordo al laboratorio de mi pais y mi hermano me dice ya lo jodiste todo no te pusiste el traje anti contaminacion XD se le metio un poco de tierra al disco duro y se averio por completo

  • Soumyajit Singha March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I had a Seagate 1tb internal hard drive which suddenly stopped working. It gave alert message 1day before that a problem has been detected in the hard drive. From the last few weeks it was making a rusty noise at the point of startup and after some time of starting it stopped automatically. Now it's dead totally. Please help and is it repairable.

  • Tatinee Dey March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Hi. I have an old WD 1TB external hard drive that I need to recover. It was working fine until the USB port inside the casing broke off the board and I took it to 2-3 shops where they told me that they can't fix it and don't have any means to recover it. I live in a place where there are no data recovery labs or any other services for this. I have tried everything. My drive looks exactly like this one and it's old, I bought it around 2011. Is there anyway I could do it myself? Would you suggest a docking station? I didn't really know that I could use one until I looked it up today, but I'm not sure if it will read my drive due to WD's data protection.

  • enilenis March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I recognize that drive model! I had one just like it brought to me for data recovery. It made noise like a coffee grinder and the owner let it run like that for the whole day while trying to get it working. When I opened up, I discovered that one of the neodymium magnets broke off and struck to a platter, hitting heads and turning into fine dust, which ended up coating all drive platters and scratching them on top of that. I wasn't able to pull a single coherent bit off that drive. Total loss. The problem with neodymium magnets is that they're often covered in protective coating, like stainless steel. When glued to a surface, the coating bonds fine, but if there are imperfections in the magnet, it may separate from the outer layer and then, it's say goodbye to the hard drive and all your precious bits.

  • Marmite Moringa March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Why is he wearing so much protective gear?

  • Maloy7800 March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    What brand of HDDs do you see least in your lab?

  • iJustRich March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    A bit OTT with the precautions 😂

  • Chi Chu March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Western Digital hard drives products are always died earlier than any other brands of mechanical hard drives.Mechanical hard drives that lasted the longest are Hitachi,Samsung.

  • Bonk March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    This isn't really my area, but I watched start to finish. Really cool that you shared the knowledge. I learned some valuable stuff, like don't go stick'n inexperienced fingers inside an HDD. Seems like a good, honest company. Thx.

  • Pfirtzer March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Anyhow avoid WD , makes junk

  • Pfirtzer March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Western Digital drives are the worst to have! I had several and all of them failed one faster as the other, piece of junk! Avoid them like pest. Those from Samsung were good, Seagate are also fine, I had them for years,Western Digital are crap!

  • John Doe March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    the software for cloning is Acronis Disk Manager?

  • Hassan Al-Tabbaa March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I have the same type of 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive and unfortunately hit the ground and no longer works you opened it and try it and the result like the video attached or on the following link:

    https://youtu.be/0UrOrhyWgaw

    What exactly can be repaired or extracted from it?

  • UMUT iSMET CAP March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    uranyumla uğraşıyor sanki :p

  • jason adams March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    what if the disk is all jpg files?

  • bxdogg March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I know i'm late to the (reply party) but I just came across this video…great work and patience with the HDD – you have given me hope I have a 250gb seagate which suffered the fall of doom – i'm definitely going to be going to your website and giving you guys a call – this video was a sign of hope

  • Kazuya Mishima March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    help please. i have 3tb external/portable disc with adapter, i plug in the wrong adapter and the disc is not working anymore. can some1 tell me, if this can be fixed? ty.

  • Sean Vinsick March 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    What's that utility you're using?

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