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Internal Hard Drive Data Recovery Services

Hard drives have been the most popular storage technology for desktop computers and servers for decades. As technology improved, hard drives became smaller, and internal HDDs are now found in MP3 players, laptops, DVRs and hundreds of other devices. Modern internal hard drives can hold several terabytes of data, and they are a fundamental component of nearly every significant storage system currently in use.

Internal Hard Drive Data Recovery Services

Secure Data Recovery Services' engineers can treat all internal hard drives regardless of size, interface type or other factors.

Hard drives have several basic components: read/write heads, platters, a spindle and an electronics board. The read/write heads go to exact positions on the platters to write magnetic information. Meanwhile, the platters spin at speeds of around 5400 RPM on average. The electronics board allows the hard drive to interact with a computer to call up specific data by sending the heads to an appropriate place.

Manufacturers go to great lengths to make hard drives as reliable as possible, but due to the incredible precision of an HDD's internal components, hard drive failures are not uncommon. When an internal hard drive fails, its data is no longer accessible.

If your internal hard drive fails, you need a professional data recovery provider with relevant certifications and a history of success. Secure Data Recovery Services operates more than 30 offices across the country, providing you with a fast, local source for safe hard drive repair and recovery. We offer free media evaluations, 24/7 emergency services and the best set of security certifications in the United States.

Factors that Affect Data Loss

Internal hard drives have several qualities that can affect their functionality and reliability:

  • Size : Newer hard drives can hold two terabytes of information, and every year, hard drive manufacturers develop new technologies to store even more data. The larger the hard drive, the more precise its components, and data recovery engineers need to take extreme care when recovering data from larger drives.

    Physical hard drive size also plays a role in data recovery. 2.5-inch laptop internal hard drives require different tools than 3.5-inch desktop drives, and 1-inch Microdrives require another entirely different set of tools. Professional providers should have familiarity with all hard drive sizes.

  • Interface Types : Hard drives can communicate with computers via several types of connection interfaces. SATA, SCSI, IDE, EIDE and other technologies are all in use in the United States. If an internal HDD has physical or electronic problems, data recovery engineers will need to use interface-dependent repair techniques to successfully regain access to data.

  • Manufacturer - Major companies like Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor, Seagate, Dell, Iomega, Toshiba and Hitachi all use different manufacturing techniques to create reliable, fast hard drives. In order to successfully recover data from a damaged hard drive, an engineer should have significant experience with drives with the same model number or manufacturing series.

    Secure Data Recovery Services' engineers have recovered thousands of internal hard drives, and we are certified by all major media manufacturers to perform physical and electronic data recovery procedures.

  • Operating System : Various operating systems utilize different file systems and organize information in fundamentally different ways. Successful data recovery engineers understand how to work with Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Unix, FreeBSD, Solaris and other operating systems.

All of our engineers have hands-on recovery experience with all major systems, and many specialize in certain types of cases. To give your internal hard drive the best possible chances of recovery, we use a team-based approach to ensure that your case gets the attention it needs from a qualified, experienced engineer.

Types of Physical Data Loss

Hard drives can fail for a number of reasons. Head failures are probably the most common type of physical failure, since read/write heads dart back and forth over the surface of hard drive platters with amazing speed and precision. The read/write heads can eventually fail, sometimes coming into contact with the platters and causing a clicking or whirring sound.

This is an extremely serious symptom, and you should immediately turn off your computer if its internal hard drive makes any type of unusual noise. If a hard drive encounters excessive vibration, extreme temperatures, the chances of a head failure increase dramatically. Other types of physical failure include spindle failures and PCB malfunctions, which may cause a drive to lock up and stop reading data.

If your hard drive fails due to any of these physical issues, trained data recovery engineers will need to repair it in a certified clean room in order to avoid damaging the sensitive components of the drive. Data recovery is a highly specialized process, and because a piece of dust or debris can easily cause permanent damage to a hard drive's sensitive magnetic platters, engineers need to work in extremely clean environments.

Secure Data Recovery Services is one of the few companies to use Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom. Our clean environment allows fewer than 10 particles per cubic foot and provides a safer recovery environment than the Class 100 Cleanrooms used by other data recovery companies.

Visit our clean room page for more information.

Types of Logical Data Loss

Internal HDDs can also lose data due to logical issues, including:

  • Data Corruption
  • Accidental File Deletion
  • Virus Damage
  • RAID Server Rebuild Failure
  • Software or Operating System Malfunction

These logical issues can be just as serious as physical hard drive failures. Secure Data Recovery Services' engineers have the knowledge and experience to reliably recover both physically and logically damaged media.

As mentioned earlier, hard drives vary greatly from model to model and by failure scenario, so we start every case with a free media diagnosis. This diagnosis helps our engineers create an accurate price and turnaround time quote for our customers.

Choosing a Hard Drive Data Recovery Provider

Data recovery companies need extensive experience with different operating systems and file systems in order to recover data from internal hard drives. At Secure Data Recovery Services, we recover thousands of hard drives every year.

We have more certifications than any other data recovery provider, including:

  • Class 10 ISO 4 Clean room Certification
  • Certifications from Every Major Media Manufacturer
  • Green Business Certification

We are also the most secure data recovery provider thanks to our excellent networks and access control systems. Secure Data Recovery Services was the first provider to earn a SSAE 18 Type II Certification, and to keep this certification current, we regularly test our laboratories and perform full procedural audits. We post our certification report online, which gives our clients a close look at the measures we take to keep recovered data private.

We are also SAS 70 certified and have compliance certifications for PCI-DSS, FERPA and HIPAA. As a member of the General Services Administration's contractor schedule, we also regularly perform hard drive data recovery for United States government and military offices.

When you choose Secure Data Recovery Services, you receive safe, fast and reliable recovery from the nation's most experienced provider. Whether you need a single file or hundreds of databases, we can help you recover from data loss as quickly as possible. We are the only SSAE 18 Type II certified data recovery company with 24/7/365 emergency services for internal hard drives, and we recover most drives in under 24 hours under this service option.

Our engineers can also recover data from RAID servers, solid-state drives (SSD), flash media, data tapes and hundreds of other digital devices. Get started today by going online or calling our 24/7 toll-free line today.