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DIY Hard Drive Repair – Seagate Platter Swap – Data Recovery Video Project 3

September 7, 2016 Jon 16 Comments

DIY Hard Drive Repair - Seagate Platter Swap - Data Recovery Video Project 3

If you need professional data recovery services, visit https://acsdata.com or call 1-800-717-8974.

Do it yourself hard drive repair and data recovery on a Seagate 750GB hard drive. ***WARNING*** This is NOT recommended for situations where you are trying to recover critical, irreplaceable data. The chances of permanent data loss are extremely high. In this video we show you the process for transplanting hard disk platters from a hard drive with a damaged spindle motor. We made an effort to do this using simple tools to show that it could be done. We DO NOT recommend this method at all for those who have important data that needs to be recovered.

Please note, this process only works with 7200.10 model Seagate hard drives. Do not attempt on any other model Seagate drive, or any other brand hard drive…especially Western Digital.

Hard drive data recovery is much more involved than what can be shown in simple videos like this. Professional data recovery requires the ability to not only properly diagnose your failed hard drive, but also having the right equipment.

Clean rooms for data recovery are not as critical as having the proper knowledge and experience. In addition, having proper software for imaging is crucial. After the platter swap in this video, this is absolutely no way this drive would have been accessible on a computer, no matter how it was attached. The drive had many areas where it really struggled to image completely, and our Deepspar Disk Imager is one of the few tools on the market that intuitively knows how to handle unreadable sectors without pushing the hard drive to its limit.
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  1. Patrick Musson
    September 7, 2016 - 6:12 pm

    Number one and the most important rule: DON'T leave irreplaceable photos on your hard drive. Transfer them to an SSD or a flash drive, chances of a failure of those are extremely slim. Any drive that has moving parts is bound to fail eventually. SSD's will eventually fail too, but that's not until they wear out at the end of their life. DON'T just put your important stuff in one place, be a little bit paranoid and put your files in 3 places ideally so if your hard drive fails, at least you have the data in 2 other places. The odds of all your storage failing at the same time are about 100,000,000/1 against such a failure. If you have irreplaceable data, send it to a secure cloud site as well as your removable drives. If you buy an expansion drive or external drive, get an SSD.

  2. jay t
    September 7, 2016 - 6:47 pm

    just wondering what brand hard drive do you end up recovering data from the most western digital or seagate

  3. John B
    September 7, 2016 - 7:04 pm

    Thank you for the demo.
    I wonder if you can confirm one question.
    A data centre returned my drive, I couldn't afford the £400 for a 70% chance of getting the data back. (Seagate 1TB)
    Q/ if one of the 2 disks are rotated from the original position, are you saying the data is gone?
    Thank you
    John (UK)

  4. Jafar Al-Djaber
    September 7, 2016 - 7:10 pm

    I swapped an identical fully working PCB… it didnt help
    So I decided to follow this guide.. Dont ask me how or why.. but I mixed up my 3 spindles and confused the order (flipping them upside down etc)

    After trying 20 times to get the correct order and failed, I decided to put the donor drive back as it was… And it didnt work after my restoration attemp.
    I had fun doing this project and the information lost was pictures etc, but not worth a 3000 dollars expert assistance

    So, a PCB swap is not a 100% solution. This might work (atleast i got the drive to spinn up normally)
    In my case – the reader/writer was so damaged on the drive (10 years old drive that somehow was my primary drive) that it corrupted the spindles (where the information is stored).

    I took the drive to a cementary – made som prayers and moved on with Life 😛

    Thanks for the guide – I had fun doing this

  5. Darin McNew
    September 7, 2016 - 7:43 pm

    What software are you using to recover the data from the hard drive?
    Nice Job BTW.. Haters are gonna hate..

  6. Adibat
    September 7, 2016 - 8:08 pm

    My hdd is not showing any image, but when I power it up, I can hear it spinning, no clicking or buzzing. It just beeped twice. Any idea what it could be? Thanks.

  7. MathCubes
    September 7, 2016 - 8:15 pm

    Does you utility works only with NTFS? Or does it work with pretty much all file systems such as like EXT4 and including some RAID-like file systems like BtrFS, and ZHS?
    Also is it much harder to recover data on a flash storage device like a SSD?

  8. Nicholas Robinson
    September 7, 2016 - 9:06 pm

    This is great! Thanks a ton for the info. I was going to attempt to do this before i saw this video. You are extremely talented! I have to just accept the fact that my stuff is gone :)

  9. Kazeem Kamorudeen
    September 7, 2016 - 10:04 pm

    thanks alot…

  10. Samir Gazaoui
    September 7, 2016 - 10:39 pm

    tank You pour votre savoir partage

  11. boon XG
    September 7, 2016 - 10:47 pm

    Your voice in video feels like watch Golf (PGA Tour)
    Thumbs up! very informative!

  12. thishadowithin
    September 7, 2016 - 11:01 pm

    I can't help but wonder why are you removing the platter? I would just swap the old non-working components (head, actuator, motor, magnetic plate and PCB. That way you don't risk damaging it in the process of removing the platters. If I try that I just know I'd slip and run the screwdriver right over that thing. lol

  13. Matthew19002
    September 7, 2016 - 11:14 pm

    I lost music lyric that I wrote on a toshiba 500GB portable usb 3.0 hard-drive and over leaving the faulty hard-drive plugged in my computer ended up having complete freeze glitches… any theories on that? I thought it was a firmware glitch so I pulled the solidstate drive I had hooked up internally when it froze and it rebooted and I've had no issues like it since..

  14. aayush shrestha
    September 7, 2016 - 11:40 pm

    my hd has disk spinning and it shows the drive but i cannot access my files!! how do i recover that???

  15. Erick Cordero Giorgana
    September 8, 2016 - 12:16 am

    Seth Rogan voiceover!!!

  16. Mode B
    September 8, 2016 - 12:41 am

    What software is he using?

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