You may have wondered how your hard drive data is recovered by the experts. When a drive is delivered to the experts, and once it has gone through the process of having the problem diagnosed, you must approve for the recovery project to get under way. The lab team then will get on with trying to recover your data as quickly and as accurately as possible at a price that is agreed upon by both of you. And you will have to sign a contract.
Quite frequently, many problems turn out to be of a mechanical nature. This means that the data cannot be recovered until the drive itself has had physical repairs done to it. So the first step is to get the right parts that are needed to make the repairs. A clean work station is used to replace the parts that have stopped working, such as adapters, read and write heads, and other components. The experts are careful to keep dust and other foreign objects out of the open drive.
Electronics can stop working properly as well. Take into consideration for instance the fact that the main board can have issues that are related to faulty soldering or damage that has been sustained from a power surge, which has fried chips or has melted contacts. A stereoscopic microscope and other specialized soldering equipment are used to fix such problems. This is a delicate process that is very time consuming and that proves very challenging because of the small size of the hardware.
When the drive has become operational, then it is imperative to image the drive. An exact replica is made section by section, or at least an attempt is made to do this. But bad sections can disrupt the procedure. Some experts use conventional desktop PCs that have been equipped with special adapters in order to make the recovery of data possible. This kind of set up provides the lab technicians with the ability to move forward or backwards through the sections of the drive in order to focus on specific data or to use custom algorithms for the speeding up of the recovery process in relation to obtaining the data. If the problem happens to be too many bad sections, then the technicians will need to manipulate a slower and more detailed algorithm that will be able to search section by section for every last bit of data that is still in tact in there somewhere. They will even deal with specific file types, such as jpeg images, mp 3 audio files and more.
When the recovery is finally completed, then the data is carefully uploaded onto a local server for the integrity of security reasons. Thus the server is not connected to the Internet. The customer will be informed of the good news that his or her hard drive data has been retrieved. The data will be given on a physical drive, such as via the usage of a flash drive. But larger amounts of data may require the usage of a mechanical hard drive.