A hard drive repair service must evaluate the device before fixing the disk’s flaws. Diagnosing the
defects is one of the essential steps in learning
how to repair a
. Engineers devise a detailed plan once the issues are identified. Depending on
the problem, technicians utilize evolving techniques and expensive tools to achieve the best
For example, a stuck motor is one of the most common mechanical failures, but restoring it is a
complex procedure. Given a hard drive’s delicate, ultra-compact design, the most comprehensive
approach to a stuck motor involves moving patient platters to a donor base. And performing a platter
swap is one of the most difficult tasks in hard drive repair since a single mistake could represent
irreparable damage to the drive.
First, engineers must find a compatible base for the patient platters. Doing so seems simple, but the
practice is quite complicated, as the components must meet several stringent requirements. Then,
technicians enter a cleanroom and proceed with the careful removal of components on the patient
drive. Following the removal, the platters are cleaned and swapped to the donor base. There can be
zero errors during the transfer. Afterward, professionals adjust the motor balance and platter
alignment using specialized tools. Once finished, the working spindle motor allows access to the
data stored on the platters.
A stuck motor is just a single scenario. A certified repair service is prepared to handle dozens of
failure scenarios with the same level of expertise. As hard drives continue to develop, preferred
repair methods change. More advanced, efficient techniques emerge, and once-popular procedures
disappear. Finding an innovative
data recovery service that remains at the technological forefront
An unusual clicking noise warns users of impending breakdown and data loss, and crashed heads are the
most frequent cause. Professionals recommend a head replacement, which entails experience and proper
tools. In these cases, a customized head comb is the safest solution because it eliminates contact
between heads or the platter during the dismounting process. Contact between heads and the platter
could ruin tracks, resulting in irreversible data loss.
Yet there are other reasons for hard drive clicking.
An actuator, which controls the movement of read-and-write heads, could wear out. When a worn
actuator struggles to sweep the platters, it resets itself to attempt a smoother transition. Given
the condition of the actuator, it might repeat the action, leading to a series of short, sharp
sounds. Or, if an area of the hard drive that stores manufacturer information, known as the service
area, suffers damage, it could cause the actuator to reset again.
When an actuator fails from usage, specialists replace the entire head stack assembly (HSA).
Replacing the HSA requires patience and precision, considering the narrow margin for error. It
starts with finding a suitable set of donor components. The donor set must match the manufacturer,
model, and other advanced architecture. Once found, the transplant process begins inside a secure
cleanroom. Mistakes made while transplanting could ruin the donor parts or scratch the platters.
After the HSA replacement, professionals can often obtain a complete image of the drive and recover
No matter the failure scenario for a clicking hard drive, an accurate diagnosis, and a
state-of-the-art cleanroom are crucial to the success of the repair.
SSD repair is a different endeavor. Unlike HDDs, a
solid-state drive (SSD) features integrated circuits for persistent storage instead of mechanical
heads and magnetic platters. Comparisons between the two storage options continue, but the drives
can serve supplemental roles. However, the drastic difference necessitates a specialist to save the
data. Common causes of SSD failure include detection, firmware, media, and hardware errors.
Establishing whether an HDD or SSD is responsible for data loss is one of the first steps in
Since 2007, Secure Data Recovery Services has repaired thousands of damaged or defective hard disk
drives and retrieved billions of valuable files. Our extensive experience in hard drive repair and
hard drive recovery means we have encountered and resolved all failure scenarios. And our investment
in research and development means we have remained on the cutting edge of a changing industry,
creating new solutions for old problems.
But, throughout the changes, our commitment to our customers has endured. We strive to provide successful recoveries, even in the most challenging circumstances, with free consultations, guaranteed results, a Class 10 ISO 4 cleanroom, SSAE 18 certifications, and award-winning service.
Call 800-388-1266 now or stop into one of our convenient, local locations to repair your hard drive and reclaim your data.