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Recovering data on Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive

August 9, 2017 Jon 20 Comments

Recovering data on Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive
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This hard drive had a lot of problems with reading. Even modified SMP, to minimize extra activities that the drive performs by default, this unit was struggling reading information on all heads in every section. Once we verified that the problem was not firmware related, the only thing that was left for us to do was to perform a head replacement. Normally, head replacements are done on hard drives with clicking sounds, but our drive was not clicking, but it was incredibly slow. Speed of this hard drive would never allow us to successfully recover data from it even if we spend months on this project. For this data recovery procedure we need following:

Laminar flow bench – to open hard drive securely
PC3000 with Data Extractor
Head replacement kit by HDD Surgery – http://hddsurgery.com/data-recovery-tools/hdds-sea-3-5-ramp-set
Donor hard drive with identical and working head assembly

This Seagate ST3000DM001 belongs to Grenada family of Seagate hard drives, which is notoriously known for having extremely unstable heads. I personally had 2 of them fail in less than 4 months. Seagate data recovery success recipe begins with foundation, which is proper evaluation of platter condition and head surface. This step will point you in the direction with which heads should be kept inside, and which heads need to be surgically removed. More on this subject in one of my upcoming Q&A vlogs next week.

Once, media surface has been inspected, we have to find an identical donor hard drive, that would have a compatible head assembly inside. Not every 3TB Seagate hard drive can be a donor to our failed unit. If head replacement is done with incompatible parts, then the drive would just keep making clicking sounds like and would never get recognized by computer.

As always I would like to give a shout out to guys over at HDD Surgery for making an outstanding product that helps all data recovery professionals around the globe to pull these procedures off with most precision and efficiency. Nothing else on the head replacement tool market comes close to the attention to detail of their kits.

One thing that should be noted, while recovering data on Seagate ST3000DM001, is that this process is not a permanent repair of the drive, and is only done for the purpose of getting access to the data. Once we gain access to the data, with help of Data Extractor, we will image out the important content onto a healthy hard drive using a sector-by-sector duplication process.

By the time I finished editing this video, all of the data was successfully recovered from the device and transferred onto a functional hard drive.

This Seagate performed really well with new parts in it. So if you guys have a problem with a hard drive don’t hesitate to ask for help. Our contact info:

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Ottawa, ON
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  1. karmatik MCN
    August 9, 2017 - 6:44 pm

    All 3 of my ST300DM001 drives have failed. I inspected the drives. The platters are all immaculate. No scratches or damage from what I can see. They all start up both my OS does not recognize them. How much for you to take a look?

  2. toutagamon
    August 9, 2017 - 7:28 pm

    So where can you buy heads for these things?

  3. ASAP Data Recovery
    August 9, 2017 - 7:41 pm

    Kayfuyu ot tvoix video, ni to chto nekotorie debili. 🙂

  4. TaserTester
    August 9, 2017 - 7:48 pm

    I've had two st3000s in my desktop for about 3 years, they've both died now. These drives were for archival and my steam library…. Never, ever, ever again Seagate. I'm now torn between getting some new WD drives or just going completely solid state.

  5. Max Bojchuk
    August 9, 2017 - 8:12 pm

    Poor contacts on the controller board can be one of the causes of pending sectors ? To unscrew the bolts from the controller board should be TORX T6 ? I've just overwrite the sector program DMDE and they appeared again, though in a smaller number, Current pending sectors 72. I wanted to check the status of contacts and even to buy this screwdriver.

  6. Francisco Viper Díaz
    August 9, 2017 - 8:51 pm

    The mine ST1000DM003 is spinning really slow but in the bios is detected. In windows not :S

  7. Gary
    August 9, 2017 - 9:13 pm

    I saw how they made these hard drive and they use rooms dust and moisture free, isn't a problem to open an hdd in normal air?

  8. Everton Neri
    August 9, 2017 - 9:26 pm

    Hi Erkin. Awesome your channel…. COuld you help me please? My ST3000DM001 HDD needs heads replacement. Which specs should match so that I have a chance of having a possible donor that works? I'm from Brazil and it is hard to find donor parts here. My HDD specs are:
    SN: W1F0NX7Y
    PN: 9YN166-570
    FW: CC9F
    DATE: 12527
    SITE: SU

    I've found these possible donors:
    1 – SN: S1F……., Site : SU, PN: 9YN166-570, FW: CC9F
    2 – SN: W1F0…, Site: SU, PN: 9YN166-570, FW: CC9E
    3 – SN: W1F0…, Site: SU, PN: 9YN166-500, FW: CC4B

    Do you think any of them could work?
    Do you know where I coud find other donor HDD?

    Thank you very much……..

  9. Coll Ections
    August 9, 2017 - 10:15 pm

    which software you used to do that?? Please share With us. My WD drive is showing RAW and not botting.

  10. 3410 5610
    August 9, 2017 - 10:57 pm

    ??How to adjust donor HDD

  11. Jay Walt
    August 9, 2017 - 11:32 pm

    Have you had any requests to recover data from those new helium filled drives? That just sounds so ridiculous and Ill definitely never buy one…

  12. Tech Knewz
    August 9, 2017 - 11:55 pm

    What is mft. And why do u need that to the recovery? Is that for folder and file names?

  13. PanDeGaming
    August 10, 2017 - 12:20 am

    Just all of you know the sound blends as you never recover your data.

  14. Maui Medrano
    August 10, 2017 - 12:52 am

    Hi EaseUS Why only 2GB data can recover WHYYYYY ?! I lost more than 800GB from my external hard drive and your label in this video is "free external hard drive data recovery software"

  15. yabadaba doo
    August 10, 2017 - 1:49 am

    you have to pay for it isn't there a free way

  16. Kag Tim
    August 10, 2017 - 2:23 am

    and why music?!!! Annoying!!

  17. Lucas Krijgsman
    August 10, 2017 - 3:18 am

    so sad

  18. Sean Greaves
    August 10, 2017 - 3:27 am

    Thank you so much.

  19. Phil Colins
    August 10, 2017 - 4:26 am

    Thanks for wasting 5 hours of my time only to recover 0.05% of my HDD.

  20. KingVicious93
    August 10, 2017 - 5:06 am

    love your voice.

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