Disaster Strikes: How Is Data Recovered From A Dead Hard Drive?

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  • jamie_1318
    Wow, really neat article. I had understood most of the general practices but it was interesting to see the facilities at work.
  • mayankleoboy1
    great article. considering i lost my decade worth of data 3 days back due to a WD HDD failure :(
  • Da_Man
    one of my 2tb drive suddenly detected as RAW in my windows 8.1 machine, Luckily i manage to fix it using TestDisk (free) to repair my ntfs partition, and all its fine. only couple file is broken.

    so always backup your drive :)
  • ChiefScooter
    I wonder if they can handle encrypted drives...
  • feidv
    Thanks a lot great article!.. how much did your 28 man hour did cost you in the end?
  • Vorador2
    Good article. Most people only take backup seriously when it's too late.

    Makes me glad i do weekly backups at home.
  • Divyanshu Sah
    Really helpful article. I appreciate it.
  • lilcinw
    Wow... your NAS didn't inform you that a drive had failed? I hope that beast is in the trash.
  • clonazepam
    In the future, can it just be assumed we all want to "see more"? Thanks =)
  • Quarkzquarkz
    You people should always back up your data, and NEVER cloud data. Yes yes I know backing up data is tedious and takes precious time but you would never have to spend 3000-20k us dollars for recovery.

    And besides, in RAID 5 you still lose data? You must have been beyond lazy to not figure out your 1st drive failed before the whole RAID collapsed. Shame on you, and let this be a lesson to the rest of you lazy IT's, TRUST me~ =(
  • ram1009
    We all learn the backup lesson the hard way. It's in our DNA. Reading between the lines of this article it makes a strong case for SSDs. NO MOVING PARTS. I wish they had quoted some numbers on the average price to recover a single SSD vs a single HDD.
  • spookyman
    You never know when you might need to recover valuable data for your company.
  • jecastej
    I do have critical data in 3 different drives, one is isolated and only gets connected for BUs, but I lost a year of information during back ups 2 times, years ago. This year however I am very close to add a second 2 tb to BU my 2 tb drive that is about 3 years old.
  • lp231
    Glad you got your data back and cool article
  • Dagstar
    Definitely an interesting read. I wonder what's been the weirdest, most embarassing, etc. data they've come across and recovered...
    How do you click the images to view it in hi res? Everytime I click the image it either navigates forward or back on the slideshow. I'm using Google Chrome, if that makes a difference.
  • Roger Rogers
    Lost Terrabytes of treasured data?
    Been there; done that. almost got arrested and had my life turned upside down. Frustration can be heard three blocks away. :)
    Thats putting it mildly.
    SSD is the way forward; with RAID clone.
  • uz-spark
    "Especially if you click on this image to view its higher-resolution version"

    Uh ... oh ... toms trolling me ?
  • boliveira
    That's a great article! Thanks for sharing such detailed information, and congratulations for an happy ending.
  • adamdbz
    William How much did you pay?
    And is srs usa only?