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Debunking the Myths: Why You Should Never Recover Your Own Data

Performing a DIY recovery on your hard drive can render your data unrecoverable if done improperly.


When your hard drive starts making a clicking noise and the files on your computer start to disappear, you know that your device is in serious trouble. Though you are eager to retrieve your data from the impending doom of failed or damaged media, DIY recoveries are a serious mistake. 

Exposing Common Myths of a Home Recovery

While a recovery at home may seem like the cheaper option and more convenient than using a professional, it rarely turns out the way that you plan and in some cases can render your data unrecoverable. There are several home remedies for failed electronic devices that seem too good to be true. Here are the top 5 DIY recoveries you should avoid at all costs.

  1. Turn your bathroom into a Cleanroom facility–If you run hot water in your bathroom, the steam removes dust and dirt particles from the device leaving the area a safe place for data extraction.

WRONG: there is still dust and dirt in the air and your device is now susceptible to water vapor. 

  1. Open your hard drive with a screwdriver and use any tools you can to access the platters.

WRONG: you may miss a screw and forcing the drive open will result in scratching and         gouging the platters.

  1. Freezing the hard drive and then powering it up to quickly recover the data.

WRONG: The water will either freeze to the platters or thaw and drown the device completely.

  1. Removing the platters and putting them inside of a new hard drive to access the files.

WRONG: The platters have no background or context as to where they came from and what the condition of the device was as a whole. Without that information, the data cannot be recovered in a proper way.

  1. Running recovery software on my device will bring my information back to me.

WRONG: This software will overwrite the files you are looking to recover and even if it recovers some, will not guarantee you a full recovery.

Disadvantages of DIY Recovery

Recovering data from a failed or damaged hard drive requires skill and professional experience. It is no time to “try your hand” at working with failed technology. Beginners will not understand the complexity and will most likely further damage the device and render the files unrecoverable. There is no guarantee that you will have a successful recovery, especially in the case of a physical failure. 

Without the proper tools and know-how, your sensitive files are at risk of being lost forever. It will save you time and protect your data if you simply call a professional data recovery service to retrieve your files. Engineers will be able to correctly diagnose the problem and create a recovery program that best suits the needs of your damaged device for the highest chance of a full recovery.

Secure Data Recovery has a 96% success rate for recovery on all devices and operating systems. Our engineers have decades of experience working in a certified Cleanroom and have the fastest turnaround times in the industry. So stop putting your phone in rice and your hard drive in the freezer and call for free diagnostics today at 1-800-388-1266. 

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