Unrecovered Devices? There Still May Be A Chance!

Have you been told your device is unrecoverable? Do you need a second opinion?

R3’s Data Recovery Hospital have a lot of experience of recovering from hard disks and storage devices that have been declared unrecoverable by other data recovery companies, even mechanically failed hard disk drives (HDDs) discarded by others as unrecoverable have been recovered by the lab engineers at R3.


While the complexities of how this is done is in-depth and different for each case, our continued success is as a result of several factors most notably the ethos and philosophy of R3 is different to that of some other data recovery companies.

While we are of course a business we don’t operate as clinically as other data recovery companies do. Data recovery is very much an evolving technology in its own right, it has to adapt and advance every day.

Occasionally there is an instance within the data recovery industry that a series of device failures are caused by one specific problem with one easy applied solution, one such example was the Seagate 7200.11 firmware bug that did the rounds a few years ago.

While most cases of hard disk failures can be classified within a group of particular fault types (such as mechanical, degraded media, firmware etc.) few cases are the same and as such require a solution that is unique and perform research and development on a case by case basis.

Whilst most apply a strict time scale to recoveries based on their ability to be able to spend a set amount of time to a problem some cases as a result are marked unrecoverable where at R3 we do not apply such strict time-based rules to how we go about difficult cases and as a result we can get recoveries when others cannot.

Many data recovery cases are true R and D projects, some disks that weren’t recoverable a few years or even months ago can be recovered now.

Why not give us a call to discuss your failed device even if you have been told it isn’t recoverable by someone else?

Why You Might Need A Good Hard Drive Recovery Service

A Good Hard Drive Recovery ServiceYour hard drive is one of those items that you just tend to take for granted until it stops working. Only when your hard drive crashes do you realize just how important it is. Your whole life can seem as if it is stored on your PC, and when it stops working, you may worry that your irreplaceable data is gone forever.

Fortunately, even the worst hard drive crash is unlikely to completely destroy your files. By taking your PC to an experienced hard drive recovery service, you can often recover virtually all of your files. Even if there are a few files that cannot be completely restored, the service can often retrieve at least a portion of their contents.

Hard drives are very delicate and complex devices, and it is remarkable that they fail so infrequently. A hard drive has to spin at a very high rate of speed, and the drive head hovers just a fraction of an inch above the data surface. If anything goes wrong, the two parts can collide, causing a lot of damage.

However, not all problems with your hard drive are the result of a physical failure. Do not assume that just because your hard drive has crashed that it must have been physically damaged. In many cases, the problem is simply that some data has been corrupted so your PC can no longer access the files stored on the drive.

These crashes are the easiest to fix, since all the recovery service has to do is remove the corrupted data and replace it with the correct information. Once this has been done, your files will once again be easily accessible. In many cases, this task can be completed within a few hours.

Before you call a hard drive recovery firm, there are a few things you can try on your own. For example, you may be able to boot up your computer using a boot disk, and then run a basic recovery program. If the problem is not too complex, this may be all you need to do to get your PC working again. Making a boot disk that has these programs on it can be a sensible precaution to take.

However, even if you are able to use these programs to get your PC running again, it can still be a good idea to take it into the recovery service. There may still be problems that the program was unable to detect or repair that could cause your hard drive to fail again. By having the recovery service give your PC a thorough inspection, you can make sure that no hidden problems remain that could cause difficulties for you in the future.

Hard drives fail all the time, and you should assume that yours will do so at some point. By taking your computer to a good recovery service, you can make sure that your important files are not lost forever after a crash.

With industry-leading data recovery rates and a fast professional service available at very competitive prices, your data really couldn’t be in safer hands if you choose the Data Recovery Hospital Team. We offer most of our services on a no recovery no fee basis and our policy is to maximise the chances of recovery for all clients regardless of service level.

RAID Data Recovery Process

RAID Data Recovery Process

If your RAID has failed and time is critical  Call 0800 999 3282 or use the contact form. Emergency and priority services call 079 3282 4264, Data Recovery Hospital treats all RAID recoveries as extremely high priority, collection of your server or failed disks can be within 60 minutes of your call –  day or night 365 days of the year.

The first step is to establish whether or not the storage device needs to come to our market-leading laboratory facilities. If so, we will look to create an image of the accessible data onto new media, so that we can perform a logical analysis to understand the exact nature of the data loss problem.  We can repair, recover and restore data 7 days a week and routinely restore failed RAID arrays and servers within 24-48 hours if required.

If any files are inaccessible, our lab will exhaustively test each of the components to determine whether or not there has been any physical damage. Typical components that can cause mechanical failure include read / write heads, electronics, drive motors, head assemblies and magnets.

In the event that any of the components have failed, or been damaged, we will replace them in our ISO 3 clean room . We will then use specialist hardware and software to create a raw image of the data to be recovered.

If data has been lost due to a logical problem, our data recovery engineers will examine the low-level data sectors to establish the layout of volumes which are striped over more than one drive. They will also work out the fixes that are needed to the filesystem structures, to enable access to the missing data.

We will ‘de-stripe’ multiple drive servers to enable filesystems to be repaired, so that the lost data files can be restored. In the event that the filesystem structures are missing or damaged to the point of being useless, we will look to extract the data directly from the destriped image.

Over time, our data recovery programmers have built a suite of bespoke tools that allow our engineers to analyse, de-stripe, fix, and recover data from, raw images from pretty much any operating system.

When the data has been successfully recovered, we will provide a complete file list so that you are able to establish that we have been successful in restoring all lost files.