The Internet is full of “Do Recovery Yourself” materials for data recovery from damaged storage devices. These methods often confuse drive owners, as most of them are based on data recovery myths.

These so-called methods will not damage a drive any further only if you are fortunate enough. But if you are not, the result can be fatal for the device and eventually for your data.

User’s Actions after Data Storage Failure

When a failure on the device occurs, the first thing user does is google the symptoms of failure, trying to find what caused it. 

After seeing the precise reason for the malfunction, a person looks for a way to fix the device. In addition, a user is looking for a solution for fast data recovery.
To restore access to all the files as soon as possible, people follow nonexpert tutorials rather than consulting data recovery professionals.
So, two DIY recovery scenarios may happen to the user after a failure occurs.

The first is when a user tries to gain access to the data by fixing a device. Many things could go wrong when opening the drive in unspecialized facilities and trying to repair the media. Our engineers highly recommend not to replace broken parts with new ones without any experience in the field. The damage made by the person will remain irreversible, making the files lost for good.

Another situation is when a person tries to use the data recovery software on a failed storage. Some recovery applications claim that they are able to fix physical hard drive problems. As a matter of fact, these programs are only effective with logical or software issues. In addition, if a person does not use them correctly, they can cause more harm. When a device suffers a mechanical or physical fault, it should not be turned on unless a professional data recovery specialist performs it.

Powering the device up and attempting to use data recovery software to fix a physical fault will not bring anything good. Not only can it overwrite all the files stored somewhere on the drive, but it also can insert viruses. Installation of unverified recovery programs on the failed device creates the perfect environment for malware. 

Cases with DIY Recovery We Receive

Our team receives a huge amount of media storage devices into the lab for data recovery that DIY restoration efforts have damaged. Recently, we accepted a case from our client, who followed repair guidance and worsened the situation with it.

Corrupted Hard Drive

When his drive started making clicking noises, he googled it and found out why.

After, he decided to handle the situation himself by replacing read/write heads and spindle motors. The black magnetic dust on the recirculation filter obviously hints that he was not that lucky. Read-write heads are also a great indicator of an unprofessional approach.

PITS Global Data Recovery Services helped the client using a different technique on a device and could recover the maximum of the possible recovered files.

Our data recovery company offers an extensive set of recovery services for failed hard disk drives, solid-state drives, servers, flash drives, RAIDs, and other devices. 

Our skilled technicians perform the data recovery process in Class 10 ISO Certified Cleanroom using the latest tools and advanced technologies. With years in the recovery industry, PITS Global Data Recovery Services takes pride in supporting the highest 99% success rate. Our team has thousands of successful recovery cases on the account. 

When facing any problem with the data storage device, do not try to restore the files yourself. Instead, call us at (888) 611-0737, or fill out the “Request Help” form.