Hard Drive Data Recovery

pacifier

pacifier

ProArt
#1
A guy who fixes electronics and computers came into my shop today and was telling me about how can recover data. He once sent out a hard drive that was dead to a service that cost 1500$ and when he got it back he asked how they did it. They told him they increased the voltage comming into the hard drive from 5v to 5.3 and it gives them ONE chance to grab data. He said he figured out how to do it and now can offer the same service for 700$.

I was wondering if this is really possible and if so how?
 
Sir Flannel

Sir Flannel

Resident Curmudgeon
#3
That does sound like BS... but, the freezer tricke sounded like BS until I used it! :D
 
jankerson

jankerson

Super Moderator
#4
Sir Flannel said:
That does sound like BS... but, the freezer tricke sounded like BS until I used it! :D

True, but then I am not buying this one. ;)

I bet they opened up the drive and removed the Platters and put them into their machine and got the data like they usually do.

There is a reason why data recovery costs a ton of money, it's the equipment that is need costs a fortune.

That is also the reason why they drill holes through the Drives when they are RMAed before they trash them. ;)
 
pacifier

pacifier

ProArt
#5
what Im wondering is, what is the 5v in on the HDD used for ? Conventional wisdom says the stepper motor. In which case I can see no benefit from increasing the voltage.

Correct me if Im wrong, but doesn't the act of opening the HDD expose the platters to too much dust and keep the read/write heads from being able to 'skim' the surface ?

Keep in mind, the guy could just be using standard 'un-delete' software to charge an arm and leg.