Philadelphia clean room Data Recovery
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Clean room data recovery repairs:

  • hard drive stiction recovery

  • hard drive seized spindle recovery

  • hard drive heads replacement recovery

  • hard drive platter swap recovery

  • hard drive surface damage recovery

  • hard drive platter damage recovery

What does a

damaged hard drive

sound like?
Click on the image below for sounds that damaged drives make.

hard drive sounds
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The top level 3 clean room data recovery in the Philadelphia area, By Don Anderson

hdd diagram
Hard drives with physical damage including most clicking, beeping, or dropped drives require the most advanced stage of data recovery. They must be repaired in a clean room environment. "Donor" drives must be used that much up with the damaged drive for compatible parts. Sometimes the "donor" drives are hard to find due to the age and model of the "patient" drive. This is where skill and experience are vital to the success of the recovery.

hard drive platters
If the drive is having motor problems then a platter swap would be required. The delicate head assembly must separated and removed, the powerful magnet must be taken out ever so carefully. Special tools are used to remove the platters while keeping perfect alignment. Other obstacles could stand in the way like multiple platters, spacers, ramps, and other internal parts. All this while no dust or particles can fall onto the platters.

hard drive heads
When removing the head assembly the tiny magnetic heads at the end of the arms cannot touch each other. They must be separated before being removed from their parked position on the platters or the ramp.

You can think of a level 3 recovery as performing surgery on your hard drive

Once the repair has been completed the second phase of the recovery process begins. Special machines like the DDI or Data Compass are used to image the repaired hard drive onto a good working drive. This is required because even though the drive was repaired bad sectors and problem areas on the platters will become a problem.
Once the drive has been imaged onto a good working drive, then the file phase of the recovery process can be performed using special softwares to extract the data from the imaged drive.

“ He was able to recover a substantial amount of data even though my disk drive was physically damaged.”
-Joe Arsenault, Environmental Consulting


Worldwide Data Recovery Services

worldwide data recovery

Our lab is located in Gloucester City, New Jersey, only a few short minutes from Philadelphia. You can choose to bring us your hard drive personally by scheduling an appointment or shipping us your drive.

Shipping your hard drive

hard drive shipping

Please visit our shipping page for detailed instructions on starting a case and shipping your media to us.

Affordable Philadelphia data recovery rates

Our rates are nearly half the price of larger data recovery companies that advertise in Philadelphia. You will get the satisfaction of knowing that your priceless data will be in the hands of someone who is qualified and experienced. Click below for pricing information on our offered data recovery services.
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Our popular commercial starring Don Anderson as "Jim", and
Michelle Carvalho as "the beautiful woman". Watch how Jim drops his laptop with his critical presentation on it!

Our popular commercial starring Michelle Carvalho as "the college student". Watch how Michelle becomes upset by a phone call and involuntarily breaks her USB flash drive with her mid-terms on it!

Our popular commercial starring Marty O'Hara as "himself", and Sue Cracha-Carvalho as "the housekeeper". Mr. O'Hara is preparing his taxes to bring to the accountant on a external hard drive. Watch what happens when the housekeeper cleans off the desk.

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data recovery advice

Do not open your drive.

Do not cook your drive.

Do not freeze your drive.

Do not continue to power the drive on.

Do not run checkdisk.

Do not bang the drive.

Philadelphia Facts:

In 1946 Philadelphia became home to the first computer.

liberty bell Tradition tells of a chime that changed the world on July 8, 1776, with the Liberty Bell ringing out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.

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User data is left on disk drives removed from computers and storage systems, creating a data security vulnerability that many users are unaware of. Recent Federal and state laws requiring secure erasure of user data expose companies to fines of $250,000 and responsible parties to imprisonment for 10 years. Complete eradication of user data off drives can be accomplished by running data Secure Erasure utilities such as the freeware "HDDerase" downloadable above.

It executes the Federally-approved (NIST 800-88) Secure Erase command in the ATA ANSI standard, which is implemented in all recent ATA drives greater than 15-20 GB.

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