WHAT IS A MECHANICAL HARD DRIVE?
Parts of a hard drive
A mechanical hard drive is a device that stores information. It consists of one or more plates that rotate thanks to a very fast motor. The reading or writing of information is done through a reading unit or head (the equivalent of a needle on a record player) with the particularity that the head of a mechanical hard disk never touches the surface of the dishes.
In order to transform the data stored on the platters into visible information (a photograph, a PDF...) the mechanical hard drive has an internal software called S.A (Service Area) that is unique for each drive. This software works together with specific components of the electronic board to be able to display the information on the screen and, in turn, save the information on the surface of the dishes.
PROBLEMS WITH A MECHANICAL HARD DRIVE?If you encounter a situation similar to this:
- The computer does not start and reports a hard drive failure.
- The drive is making a strange noise or is very slow.
- After a power outage or blackout the hard drive stops working.
- The computer has crashed and the disk has crashed.
- The computer boots but does not recognize the hard drive.
- Unable to access saved videos, photos and/or documents.
- Any other situation not mentioned above.
TIPS TO AVOID DATA LOSS
Both internal and external mechanical disks offer capacity and performance at a relatively low cost. However, they contain fragile components such as reader units (heads) that can be damaged over time, through use, shock or unexpected vibrations.
To avoid further damage to the device:
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HOW DO WE DO THE RECOVERY PROCESS OF
MECHANICAL HARD DRIVES?
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HOW MUCH DOES DATA RECOVERY FROM A
MECHANICAL HARD DRIVE COST?
HARD DRIVE DATA RECOVERY PRICES
The price to recover data from hard drives will always depend on the damage suffered by the device, together with the hours and technical equipment required to carry out the recovery processes.
In any case, a prior diagnosis is necessary to detect the type of failure or combination of various failures. Below we detail the most common breakdowns and the reference prices:
For logic or board faults
- Access problems to damaged partitions, bad sectors or surface degradation / Electronic boards burned / damaged by short circuit, wrong voltages or burned components
For Firmware faults
- SW internal disk corrupted. Damaged modules.
For engine breakdowns
- Over temperature or motor unit failure.
For head failures
- Surface degradation or reading unit failure.
The prices for data recovery on mechanical hard disks are mainly determined by two factors: Damage to the mechanical hard disk components and the hours of work involved in the recovery. At Laby we will NOT charge you a higher amount for data volume. Only because of the difficulty of access. This difficulty is also noticeable in today’s hard disks (SMR technology).
Older hard drives (approximately up to 2015) used the PMR or CMR format. The idea was simple, the reader unit was positioned in a certain area and read or wrote in a sector (a sector could be considered as a small box where information is stored). As an idea, we could say, that the width of the reading needle would be equivalent to the width of a track on these discs (A track would be the equivalent of a circle on the disc where inside that circle are all the little boxes or sectors) Inside a platter, there are several tracks and these tracks in turn contain many sectors. The speed flow was constant and the module in charge of translating physical to logical information (Translator) was hardly corrupted. (The modules or firmware, would be the equivalent of small independent programs, but that work together to make the mechanical hard disk work).
In order to achieve more capacity in the same space, manufacturers have developed SMR technology. The tracks are smaller than the reader unit and therefore fit more data density.
There is a problem, however, and that is that the reader unit or head cannot be positioned in a particular sector as it could with PMR or CMR technology. It must now read a set of sectors, load it into a buffer (swap memory), modify the necessary values and write the data again (both modified and unmodified data).
It is an inefficient process, which affects the disk performance in terms of writing and also entails major firmware problems due to all the operations that have to be carried out.
This example – although there are many more – gives an idea of why there is a wide “price range” for mechanical hard disk recovery processes.
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These prices are indicative, to be able to give you a reference.
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WHICH DEVICES CAN WE RECOVER IN LABY?
Mechanical hard disks
The main components of HDD disks are the main platters (disks), where the data is stored, and the heads, which are responsible for accessing the information. The most common hard disk.
SSD Hard Drives
SSDs do not move, hence the name solid state. The information is stored in blocks and no headers are required to access it. It is much more efficient and faster than an HDD hard disk.
External Hard Drives
External hard disks allow us to store outside the computer all the important information of which we want to make a backup copy. But one failure can cause us to lose all this data.
Iphone, Ipad or MacBook
Apple devices, such as Iphone, Ipad, Macbook, Macbook air Imac, Mac Mini, etc; are reliable, elegant, powerful and easy to use devices.
Laptop hard disks
On the laptop hard disk we store important work or home information. If a failure occurs, it can cause us to lose all this valuable personal data.
NAS, SAN and DAS disks
A SAN, NAS or DAS disk is a compact enclosure consisting of several hard disks that are connected via a network cable to the system, hence the common name network hard disk.
RAID disks are a redundant group of independent disks. They can be HDD disks or SSD disks and together they form a storage system to distribute or replicate data.
Pendrives and USB Flash Drives
Pen drives or USB flash drives consist of one or more memory blocks. They work in many cases like SSD devices (same Flash technology).
Memory cards are used to store information from devices such as cameras, cell phones or tablets. They differ in their storage capacity and read/write speed.
Virus or Ransomware
We recover data encrypted with viruses or ransomware. Ransomware is extortive software: its purpose is to prevent you from using your device until you have paid a ransom. Depending on the type of ransomeware, either the entire operating system or only some files are encrypted.
Mobile Phones and Tablets
In mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, the recovery process can be performed through electronic repair of the damaged components or by performing the chip off process.
We offer the service of secure data erasure and destruction with certificate in our laboratory to perform personalized management or we can offer the service of destruction and erasure of data remotely.
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