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What options are there for a Tech doing Data Recovery?


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#1 mystic12

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:05 AM

Hey guys, so many people come to me with failed HDD's and aside from trying softwares and linux which does not work most of the times, is there any other option to prevent them from having to go to a lab which most of them cannot afford?

 

I am guessing the only option would be to get the same machinery  as the labs but is that possible? If yes, what exactly will be needed please?


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 09:17 AM

For failing drives about the only thing you can do at that point, without using a professional service, is to clone the drive to a image using ddrescue. This program will attempt to read a bad sector 3 times before proceeding to the next sector. You can then attempt to mount the image with OSFmount or to scan the image with Testdisk/PhotoRec. See the below guide by BC member James Litten.

 

https://html5.litten.com/make-full-image-of-broken-raw-infected-or-encrypted-hard-drive-with-free-tools/

 

Other than that a failing drive requires one to seek professional help if it can not be read by regular means.



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 09:48 AM

That's a nice link thanks. Thing is, that will work for "failing" drives but for drives which doesn't power on, my research shows the labs are the only option



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 11:42 AM

Correct, a dead drive needs a lab for data recovery.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 03:31 PM

I have not done this in a few years but, it is possible to swap the board if that is the failing part.  I have done this on three different WD drives.  I bought used same size and series to get the boards, I have given up on this kind of stuff due to massive junk complaints by my other half!!!!!!!!!!!!


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