How does a brand of a hard drive affect data recovery?

Hard drive manufacturers use advanced technology to create exceptionally durable products, but hard disk failure and data loss are always possibilities. At Secure Data Recovery Services, we receive thousands of hard drives every year. Through years of experience, our engineers have developed specialized techniques for many specific brands and models.

Does Hard Drive Brand Affect Data Recovery?

While hard drive features vary from brand to brand, most drives are completely recoverable with the right tools and technology.

Many of our customer ask whether we can recommend a particular storage media manufacturer. The major hard drive brands all estimate similar operating lifespans for their media, and in our experience, no brand offers a noticeably superior product in terms of reliability. While we have developed independent recovery techniques for certain hard drive models based on case histories, we cannot evaluate hard disk durability or give specific product recommendations.

However, in our experience, major hard drive brands are well-built and less likely to take serious media damage than generic hard drives. While we can successfully recover data from most hard drives, turnaround times are typically shorter for popular drive models, and some models certainly have higher recovery rates on average than others.

Secure Data Recovery Services offers data recovery for all models and brands, including drives from:

  • Toshiba
  • Western Digital
  • Seagate
  • Maxtor
  • Hitachi
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Buffalo Technology and More

Secure Data Recovery Services is one of the only major data recovery companies with risk-free media diagnostics, and we always provide our clients with an accurate turnaround estimate and a no-obligation price quote. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation or read on for information on different failure scenarios and data recovery techniques.

Factors That Affect Data Recovery Success Rates

There are a number of drive-specific factors that play a role in our process. Hard drive brand is only important as it relates to these factors, and we always need to physically evaluate hard drives before estimating the chances of a recovery.

Drive-specific data recovery factors include:

  • Hard Drive RPM (Rotations Per Minute)
  • Hard Disk Capacity
  • Susceptibility of Firmware to Corruption
  • Quality of Electronic Components
  • Material Used for Hard Drive Platters
  • Operating System and Filesystem
  • Susceptibility to Platter Damage and Contamination

During our media evaluations, we open physically damaged media in a certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom to inspect internal components. We compare each hard drive to past cases to create an appropriate plan for each recovery.

Recovering Data While Maintaining Strict Media Controls

To treat hard drives with mechanical or electronic issues, engineers need access to a certified Cleanroom. This technology prevents media contamination from affecting exposed hard drive components, greatly improving the chances of a successful recovery.

Secure Data Recovery Services' Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom limits airborne contaminants substantially, allowing fewer than 10 contaminants per cubic foot of space. We are one of the only major data recovery providers with an up-to-date Class 10 ISO 4 certification, which we maintain by auditing our Cleanroom on a regular basis.

We also maintain media security controls to prevent unauthorized access to client data. By using state-of-the-art networks and encryption, Secure Data Recovery Services has developed a reputation as the world's most secure data recovery company.

We were the first data recovery company to earn a SSAE 18 Type II Certification. SSAE 18 Type II standards require regular audits, attestations and laboratory interviews to ensure consistent security. Secure Data Recovery Services is also SAS 70 certified and a member of the General Services Administration (GSA) contractor schedule.

Scheduling a Free Media Evaluation for a Damaged Hard Drive

You should immediately turn off any hard drive that presents symptoms of physical, logical or electronic data loss. Operating a failed drive can cause permanent platter damage and other issues that severely reduce your chances of a successful data recovery.

Secure Data Recovery Services provides free diagnostics for all internal and external hard drives. You are under no obligation to pursue recovery after receiving our evaluation report, and we offer several service levels to meet any turnaround requirement or budget. Our 24/7/365 emergency service carries an average turnaround of less than 48 hours.

Each evaluation report includes:

  • A Price Quote
  • A Turnaround Time Estimate
  • A List of Recoverable Files
  • Media Failure Analysis

With years of experience in the data recovery industry, our engineering teams offer consistent results for all hard drive brands and models. To set up free media diagnostics at one of our facilities, contact our data recovery specialists today.