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Sometimes it is absolutely impossible to recover your data

What happens when your hard drive fails or becomes physically damaged? If a hard drive suffers a head crash, platter damage, or spindle motor problem, these are typically classified as mechanical failures. Mechanical failures are some of the most complex problems associated with hard drives. In most of the cases of physical damage, the data are successfully recovered. However, sometimes data recovery companies are unable to get data back regardless of their best efforts.

Here are photographs that confirm severe condition of the hard drives where data recovery cannot be completed.

hard drive with broken platters

In this case, the primary reason for the data not being recoverable is that the laptop hard drive has platters made of glass that shattered when the laptop was accidentally dropped. There is no way to get data back.

hard drive platter with rings hard drive platter with rings

The magnetic platters of the hard disk have been scratched by the read/write arm of the drive. This might happen when anxious users try to start the computer again and again after the hard drive has failed (usually caused by dropping it). Even after the drive crashes, its read/write arm still rests on the platters and damages it when the drive starts to spin.

hard drive platter with rings

Sometimes due to the overheating, the platters, after being used for a long time, are expanded, and in the process of spinning they happen to touch the read/write head. However, such a small touch may destroy them completely. It is sometimes accompanied by an odd noise from the disk.

hard drive platter with rings

This hard disk had the symptoms of clicking noise. After our engineers have inspected the hard disk, they found that the head's wrong position (turned aside) caused a number of scratched rings on the platters.

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