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Data Recovery Link Breaks the “Platter Replacement” Barrier in Hard Drive Data Recovery

Data Recovery Link “DRL” has recently developed the technology to perform “platter replacements” in the hard drive data recovery process and can recover data in ways never done before. In the data recovery industry there has always been an urban legend that if the drive crashes you can just replace the platters. The misnomer of this urban legend is that the data is stored on the platters so if you replace them you loose the data. What the urban legend is really asking is “if some part of the drive goes bad then why can’t the platters be put into a working hard drive and the data be recovered?” The answer is that most hard drive failures don’t require the platters to be relocated in order to perform a successful data recovery. Hard drives are built of three primary parts. These parts are the heads or “head stack,” the platters or “substrate,” and the spindle that mounts the platters and houses the bearings. In most hard drive failures, the cause is either the heads have lost their ability to read the data or the magnetic surface on the platters has degraded. In both of these situations the platters can be left in the original hard drive housing and the data recovery can be performed around these failures.

Until now there has been one type of hard drive failure that has always plagued the data recovery industry. This failure is when the spindle bearings seize due to heat or manufacturing defects. In the past the outcome to this type of hard drive failure was a total loss of data. This is because there has been no way to replace the spindle bearings without first removing the platters. Once the platters are removed from the spindle, the physical alignment is lost and up until now could not be realigned.

Data Recovery Link has recently broken this barrier and now has the ability to completely remove platters from a seized spindle and realign them using a proprietary process. DRL can now read data from the once separated platters for a 100% data recovery. Other companies have had the ability to partially recover data using a “drill bit” like apparatus that forcibly spins the platters after a bearing seizure but this process causes so much spindle vibration due to the grinding of the locked bearings that the process destroys the magnetic surface within minutes. For this reason, only a percentage of the data is recovered prior to complete and permanent failure. With this new data recovery technology developed by Chris B. Hewatt of Data Recovery Link, the platters are read without using the locked spindle bearings so there is no vibration to cause damage to the platters. Data Recovery Link started testing this technology in early 2006 and since has recovered numerous failed hard drives using this technology with over 98% success.

Data Recovery Link is now offering this service to all clients as of January 2007 and can be contacted at 800.625.6451