Data Recovery Myths – Logic Board and Platter Replacement

April 15, 2018

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While many parts of your computer can be replaced to bring it back to normal, the myth that your hard drive recovery can be as simple as replacing certain components is only partially true. If you’ve experienced a crash, then you can understand the desperation many people go through when trying to find a cheap solution to recover the data. Even though the logic board replacement and platter fix solution is not free, some people attempt to have this service done to save lost data and recover important files on their hard disk.

First, it’s been reported that efficient clean rooms cost companies hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s safe to say that your local hardware component technician does not have the available funds to provide a clean room for their customers. The first error in this myth is that whoever claims to be able to fix hard drives likely does not open them in a safe, uncontaminated room like they should do. While you may consider this a viable fix for your broken drive, consider our article on clean room and its specification before attempting to have the platters or logic board replaced.

Now, there are several refurbished sites that are mostly in countries such as India or China who promise to fix hard drives back to working condition. The refurbish drives and promise to get the working for years. While some hard drives may last for many years, the chances of a good refurbished drive actually lasting for long periods of time are slim. These refurbishing sites will replace the parts and hide bad sectors give you back a formatted hard drive that is supposedly fixed. While you can take the chance of your hard drive working, you still may lose data. You can use this as a form of data recovery by taking data off the hard disks while it is still working, but no one should expect a refurbished product to last many years. In fact, refurbished disks should be used with the expectation that data recovery will be needed in the near future, so make sure to use a good storage backup system.

Replacing platters is just as dangerous as replacing the logic board in a hard drive. Data recovery, once again, needs to be done in a low contaminated room with few particles that can cling to components. Replacing platters is a delicate process that can ultimately ruin the drive altogether. Hard drive recovery is dependent highly on the tools that are needed to open, repair, and replace components. Most local shops don’t have access to these highly advanced technological devices, so it’s not possible to repair the platters properly. Other things to consider are the firmware and technology that allows the hard drive to read the data on the platters.

When deciding on a data recovery method, use professionals that can recover your data. Once you receive your data, the safest way to keep it stored is replacing the drive altogether rather than parts replacement.

25 Comments

  • Charles Trevillian April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    My computer is having problems it's saying an operating system wasn't found try disconnecting any drivers that don't contain an operating system I tried recovering my computer and that's what happened

  • Devorantem April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    When you do this, is anything saved on your PC or is a "true" wipe? I'm trying to resell my PC but I don't want any personal info to be able to be recovered.

  • AQAVAR April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Hi, my keyboard F8 key isn't working and external keyboard isn't recognizable at start up. Is there any other way to do Recovery Partition?
    I tried to install OS by myself and it won't allow to do so: "System is already installed' got a message when partition is empty.

  • nQ Rushing April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I’m using an Alienware but it didn’t use AlienRespawn it popped up Dell Datasafe, can you help?

  • damian April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    i own alienware 17 r2 2015 model , it came with 1tb hdd so i replaced the hdd with m.2 drive then cloned the original hdd to the m.2 ssd now m.2 boots as first so i formatted the original 1tb drive and use it as my secondary but now i cant find my restore option and all i get when i install respawn is failed installation due to no recovery enviroment , is there any way round this thanks

  • leafpool121 April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    my m17x laptop is running windows vista. i trieddoing what you said in the video but nothing is working! please help!

  • InfraRedAnus April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    mine does not have the repair your computer option

  • Alex Casanova April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    i get up to the menu were it says repair computer i hit enter. then it just starts up windows 7. help?

  • Michelle Lloyd April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    The repair your computer option doesn't come up on mine. It is missing.

  • bappy bananto April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    My msata is blocked bcz i have lost my password 😭😭 please help

  • FashionChick MSP April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I have an MSI laptop :/

  • Naif April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I have an alienware laptop that I cant set recovery via f8 ? what can i do

  • Just 4 you April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    its not worked in dell inspiron 3041

  • ripperx444 April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I just got a new Alienware 13 OLED screen and I do not see the AlienRespawn app. How do I reset everyting including reinstall windows and make it dead stock?

  • Alexander Vemmelund April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Ive already somehow deleted everything on my M15x with the one of the 2 cd's that came in a book with it. So now theres not that last option in the boot menu when you hit f8, there is nothing on my computer that makes it an alienware just all the normal windows 7 things. No Alienrespawn no Command center (Can not remeber the exact name of it, but the program you use to control the colors) No light in the touch bar, but there is light in my keyboard somehow. Please help me out

  • bryson myers April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    i have this system i have an alienware x51 and my os i believe is corrupt it wont open f8 but i am able to open the repair page but i do not have the bottom option and all other do not work i tried re downloading windows 7 using product key on comp form windows but they wouldn't let me do it saying that it is original windows 7 that come from provider contact them for assistance i know how to do load what i need onto usb for recovery but i cant not seem to get windows 7 download pleas help

  • Sneaky Hobbitses April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    thanx

  • John James April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    What should I do if Im on Windows 10?

  • kyle pike April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    what is the key for vista?

  • Qexumiro Albato April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    tip : do not buy an alienware laptop or desktop. total waste of money and i and extremely happy with the pc i have right now. You guys can get a prebuilt one from custom pc stores and it'll be way cheaper and much more powerful than this shitty alienware. even resetting a alienware is so bloody retarded. buy at ur own risk

  • Saulee Bronson April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    mine has been 3 hrs already and only 33%!!!!

  • Haeuk Chung April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    @Alienware If I deleted recovery partition by mistake during clean install of the OS then I would never have the Alienware recovery system?
    I had so much trouble during the clean install. I ended up installing OS with Legacy booting mode(it was the only way I could fix my computer and install the OS) and now I can't have benefit of secure boot which was faster than now.

  • Yadher Bustamante April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    i need this but for my 17 r3 windows 10. when i use alienrespawn it will not work. and when i do it with system restore it also unsuccessful

  • Zulghiram Ahmed April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Dear Travis, Many thanks for sharing this video and it's very helpful for those who accidentally deleted windows C and D drive partitions. I have just recovered my recovery partition from Dell DataSafe Local backup on my laptop. It would be appreciate if you please let me know how can I create my recovery image file on my USB drive.Once again thank you for this help.

  • Luis Valencia April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    what versión of alienrespawn can I use to restor to fabric my Alienware 15 R2. it comes with Win10 and i don´t find the partition for restoration

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