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Flooded Hard Drive Data Recovery Services

Each year, thousands of businesses and personal computer users lose data due to flooding. Hard disk drives are sensitive devices, and exposure to even a small amount of water can cause circuit board failure and platter damage. When a hard drive is completely submerged in water, it needs fast treatment.

Flooded Hard Drive Data Recovery Services

Floodwater can cause permanent damage to a hard drive's physical and electronic components, so fast treatment plays an essential role in recovery.

Hard drive data recovery requires specialized equipment, and because flood-damaged drives are especially sensitive to environmental exposure and corrosion, engineers need to take extreme care to treat these storage devices. Data recovery companies need certified Cleanroom technology, adequate security controls and experienced engineering teams to offer services for flooded HDDs.

At Secure Data Recovery Services, we have decades of experience with water-damaged media. We receive hundreds of flooded hard drives each year and offer higher success rates than our competitors thanks to our advanced laboratories and our team-based approach to data recovery.

If you have a flood-damaged hard drive, solid-state drive or RAID array, contact us today to schedule free diagnostics.

Restoring Data from Flooded Hard Drives

Hard drives quickly corrode and decay when exposed to liquids. If your hard drive was partially or completely submerged in floodwater, you should immediately seek assistance. The longer that you wait to seek treatment, the higher the chances of permanent hard drive damage and data loss.

Do not attempt to clean your hard drive with any abrasive materials or cleaning liquids. Never attempt to boot a flooded hard drive or run data recovery software. Remove any standing water with a dry cloth and contact Secure Data Recovery Services as quickly as you can, ideally within several days of the flooding. We will provide you with detailed shipping instructions and the address of our nearest facility. We operate dozens of offices in major cities across the United States.

At Secure Data Recovery Services, we treat flooded media as a priority. Our engineers carefully clean damaged hard drive components, removing dirt and other contaminants that could accelerate corrosion. We then present our clients with a detailed data recovery diagnostic report, including a price quote and turnaround estimate.

After receiving our clients' approval, we repair damaged components in a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom. This environment allows fewer than 10 contaminants per cubic foot, providing an ideal resource for hard drive repair and data recovery. By working with hard drives in a certified Cleanroom, our engineers can obtain high recovery rates and fast turnaround times. Secure Data Recovery Services is one of the only data recovery providers following strict Class 10 ISO 4 standards, and we provide proof of our Cleanroom certification online for the benefit of our clients.

Our data recovery process varies depending on your hard drive's failure scenario. Flooded hard drives typically suffer from electrical and physical damage. We will often need to replace failed circuit boards and read/write heads to restore your media to a functional condition.

Common causes of data loss on flooded hard drives include:

  • Electrical Shorts in the Circuit Board
  • Read/Write Head Failures
  • Media Corrosion
  • Platter Damage
  • Corruption Due to Circuit Board Damage

Our engineers will make a bit-level clone of your repaired hard drive, and then treat logical issues with specialized utilities. We recover most flooded hard drives in several days.

Secure Data Recovery Services offers flexible options for flooded hard drive repair and recovery. If you need the fastest possible turnaround, our 24/7/365 data recovery service has an average case completion time of less than 48 hours.

A Certified Data Recovery Provider

Businesses need to maintain data security controls when recovering from a flood, fire or other major disaster. Unfortunately, many data recovery providers follow lax or outdated security standards, which put recovered information at risk of unauthorized access.

Secure Data Recovery Services was the first provider to earn a certification under SSAE 18 Type II attestation standards. We are also a certified member of the General Services Administration (GSA) contractor schedule and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

Our certifications include:

  • SAS 70 Certification
  • SSAE 18 Type II Certification
  • PCI Security Certification
  • Green Business Certification
  • GSA Contractor Certification

We are also certified by all major hard drive manufacturers. If your flooded hard drive has an active warranty, we will not void the warranty while providing our services. Visit our certification page for a detailed description of any of the credentials listed above.

Free Diagnostic Services for Flood-Damaged Media

Secure Data Recovery Services offers free diagnostics for flooded hard drives. Our data recovery professionals will remove dirt, floodwater and other contaminants, perform several brief diagnostic tests and provide you with an accurate media analysis. We will also provide a turnaround estimate and price quote for data recovery within 24 hours of receiving your HDD.

For a free media evaluation or more information, contact Secure Data Recovery Services today.