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External To Internal Hard Drive Platter Swap For Data Recovery


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...mikeloeven.....it could also be Medical Records
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Hi, the software is FREE, this dosen't imply inferior.

My brother used it yesterday to recover data from a WD 500Gb drive. He used ...deep scan...mode, circa 95Gb/hour.

It runs on XP...XP pro...SP2 & SP3.
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Hi 072702.Very informative vids. The first is slightly boring but the next 6+ are are quiet enlightening.


http://www.youtube.c...feature=related
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Try & watch them all. The first is slow to start but as they progress they impart a great amount of info. on hard drive operatinal mechanics & data retrival.
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072707, your paranoia over the safety of your data in the hands of a recovery service is pretty well unfounded. these services charge A LOT of money, they would NEVER have any business if they couldn't assure you that your data will be safe.

the extreme data forensics that they do requires A LOT of really specialized equipment. Quite often they actually use an electron microscope to physically read the 1's and 0's on the platter then use that to reconstruct the drive. sometimes they will get a drive that's exactly like yours (model, size, revision etc..) and swap out the controller boards. this CAN sometimes work in a home environment, but i wouldn't suggest doing it on something that you're that attached to. sometimes this will work, but sometimes it won't and can cause bad things to happen.


have you tried connecting these external drives to other computers?
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Hi DSENTTE, i posted link to vids.to show how forensic data recovery companies recover data. I don't advocate opening hard drives & trying this oneself. I belive 072707 is a guy, amongst others, who needs to see this process himself & what it entails. Perhaps after this he, & others, will be more informed as to the risks & subsequent total data loss if tried.
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APART FROM 072707 & his problem it is an interesting insight into that chunk of hardware inside your computer
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...mikeloeven.....it could also be Medical Records

yeah but they arent illegal and the data revovery service would not be obligated or even legally able to hand them over to anyone in the case of contraban they would be forced to hand over the data or be charged with complacincy and fined out the [bleep].
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...mikeloeven.....it could also be Medical Records

yeah but they arent illegal and the data recovery service would not be obligated or even legally able to hand them over to anyone in the case of contraban they would be forced to hand over the data or be charged with complacincy and fined out the [bleep]. so medical recoards are prety safe in this case besides even if the medical recoards got leaked you could sue the company for every penny they ever made.

Edited by mikeloeven, 30 April 2010 - 01:11 PM.

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Hey: the egos are really lame.

Yes, all the high-tech equipment and technical training was not needed when I swapped platers from one drive to another, and the data was saved; once I did it at the dinning table and another on the floor.

A few times plater replacement would not work: issues with firmware and EEPROM data differences, etc. But, no clean room was needed! The job has worked and has took a little more than an hour.

Joseph C. Carbone III
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Hey: the egos are really lame.

i don't think anyone has said anything egotistical in here.

is it POSSIBLE to pull the platters out of an HD? yes. is it POSSIBLE to put them in another drive? yes

is it a good idea? NO!

if there's ANY data on the drive that you want to keep, and is important to you, then doing a platter transplant is NOT a good idea. period. that has nothing to do with ego, and everything to do with fact. there's a reason that companies that make hard drives invest billions of dollars in clean rooms, there's a reason that data recovery specialists invest millions of dollars in clean rooms. it's not so they can charge more, it's because it's REQUIRED to do this stuff safely.

i've taken apart QUITE a few drives in my day, and there's almost NO way that you're going to get the platters off the spindle without touching them. add to that the fact that MANY large capacity drives are multi-platter drives, and you're asking for trouble.


so if you want, you can keep tossing around YOUR ego, but the purpose of this site is to offer the most accurate assistance possible, and we CANNOT suggest doing something like a platter transplant at home because there is a VERY high probability of data loss
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eloquently said !!!
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