Should I send my damaged hard disk for data recovery service, or should I do-it-myself (DIY)?
DIY is good when it comes to card making for your loved ones, building IKEA furniture with your friends, or fixing the faulty light bulbs at home… After all, what could be bad about doing things yourself? How about DIY data recovery then?
I mean, the fact that you could save yourself tens of dollars isn’t it enough a reason alone to triumph over the other cons of these DIY work? What’s more, you get to add one more skill onto your resume, right? Or so I thought. Hmmmm.
Well, before you begin thinking to yourself that fixing your faulty hard disk could not be that much of a difficult task and start gathering those screwdrivers, I am going to say not so fast Señorita! (or Señor…. depending)
If you are reading this, perhaps you are considering of fixing your own damaged hard disk with your own bare hands.
Well, my advice to you is – DON’T.
You know the saying – it is easier said than done? Hard disk recovery definitely falls into this category and all we can say is, it is much much much easier said than done, even for the professionals like us.
1. You need a (very very very) Clean Room
We are not talking about a room that is just neat, tidy and sparkly clean. We are talking about a super duper clean environment whereby the amount of dust particles is reduced to a minimum (i.e. fewer than 100 particle larger than 0.5 microns in each cubic foot of air space), and other factors taken in account too such as the temperature and humidity are all being monitored and controlled strictly.
2. Delicate processes involved
This one is pretty straightforward.
If the components alone are delicate, that only means the processes involved in recovering the data from these components are even more delicate, right?
So you can imagine our horror when we hear some of these “home remedies” about freezing your hard disk when it is making the clicking sounds (something about freeing the spindle so it can spin. Like seriously?) or giving it a knock on the table so that it can start spinning again…?? Ermmm.
We are not sure if these methods really work, but what we can be sure of is that the components inside are not built for such harsh conditions.
If your faulty hard drive holds essential data, you are better off taking it to the professionals for a thorough evaluation check first instead of taking matters into your own hands.
Some data recovery companies these days offer free diagnostic service, and here at Data-X Recovery we are one of them who offer a free evaluation and diagnostic check of your damaged storage device.
3. Irreversible Damage
Some of our customers liken our jobs to that of a doctor, after knowing how delicate the data recovery process can be and the fact that there is little to no room for mistakes to be made in the entire procedure.
That is why they say that the first attempt at data recovery for your damaged hard disk is the most important because it guarantees the highest rate of success of recovery. The chances of recovery dips each time a mistake is made in the recovery process and most of the time, such mistakes can cost permanent data loss or corruption of your data.
End of the day, always ask yourself this question – how important is your data?
If it is a once in a lifetime memory, and you only have this ONE chance to recover back the data, will you risk it all just to save yourself some monetary costs? Or will you hand it over to a data recovery professional instead to save these priceless data?