Linux Hard Drive Data Recovery – Boston, MA
Your Linux hard drive failed? Unfortunately you are not alone. Hard drives have a 100% failure rate. When they fail it takes very specialized tools, knowledge & techniques to recover the data. The good news is that our Linux Data Recovery services can recover data from most failed Linux hard drives.
Symptoms Indicating Your Desktop Needs Data Recovery
- Linux computer or drive is displaying unusual error messages
- Linux computer or drive is unresponsive or slow
- Linux computer or drive does not power up or spin
- Failure to boot or constantly freezes
- Linux computer or drive is making unusual noises (clicking, beeping, grinding)
- Water or other liquid was spilled onto the Linux computer or drive
- Linux computer or drive has taken impact from being dropped
- Accidental formatting or deletion of files
- Bad sectors on the hard drive are detected
- The Linux computer or drive was subjected to a virus
- Files or folders are no longer accessible on the Linux computer or drive
- Partition table has been damaged
- Any kind of physical damage to the Linux computer or drive
It is evident that there are many factors that may contribute to a hard drive failure. We have outlined only the most common occurrences. If your Linux computer is experiencing other symptoms, we are still able to help. We pride ourselves in our ability to recover data from any type of failure. We are not limited by the complexity, brand, size, or manufacturer of your hard drive.
Over time hard drives are bound to fail. There are two main types of hard drive failures. The most common is a logical failure. The second type of failure is a mechanical or physical failure.
The hard drive’s internal components are functional, but other complications make the data inaccessible. The integrity of the data is compromised and the stored data is damaged in some way. Common causes of logical hard drive failures include accidental formatting or deletion of files, corrupt or missing partitions, operating system errors, a corrupt file system, or a computer virus.
Hard drives contain internal moving parts. When a mechanical or physical failure occurs, one or more of the internal components has malfunctioned. The drive may be experiencing difficulty spinning or, in some cases, it may not spin at all. This will result in data that cannot be accessed unless the drive is opened. This requires a clean room environment where the hard drive can be rebuilt mechanically. Common causes of mechanical hard drive failures include head crashes, alignment issues, a broken motor, or spindle problems.
The initial evaluation usually takes between 1-3 business days depending on the extent of the damage. Upon completion of the evaluation, you will receive an exact quote for the recovery. We will also provide you with the estimated time to completion and probable success rate. You can stop by anytime. An appointment is not required.
Level one Linux Data Recovery is when your hard drive is working properly but there is other damage to the computer. This prevents you from accessing your data. For example, you spilled liquid on the computer and it no longer turns on. As long as the drive wasn’t damaged by the liquid, this would qualify as a level one recovery.
Level one recoveries are usually completed within 2 business days. This often requires complete disassembly of your machine in order to gain access to the drive. Once the drive is removed, it will be tested to confirm that a level one recovery is possible. If so, we will transfer all of the data to either an external hard drive or to another computer. The more data there is on the drive, the longer the transfer will take.
Level two Linux Data Recovery is where about 80% of our clients fall. In this case, the drive has started to fail but has not yet suffered a catastrophic failure. If the computer powers on but does not boot, hangs, or flashes a folder icon then it may qualify for a level two recovery. However, not all drives with these symptoms will be recoverable using these techniques.
We are usually able to extract the data from the failing drives using specialized level two recovery tools. Failing drives are very delicate and must be handled properly. A level 2 recovery attempts to recover as much data as possible before the drive suffers a complete failure. Upon completion, you will be able to review the recovered data and confirm that it has been recovered to your complete satisfaction. If you are not satisfied, there is no charge for the attempt.
About 15% of our customers have no other option aside from a level three Linux Data Recovery. This is the last resort when dealing with severely damaged drives. It can also be used as a safer alternative to level two methods. At this level, the drive is sent into our clean room laboratory for extensive reconstructive work. The parts inside of a hard drive are incredibly delicate and can be easily destroyed with one wrong move. These recoveries can be considered the equivalent to open heart surgery. They are very complex and require great skill and precision.
Before files can be restored, the drive must be disassembled and repaired. This must be done in a special environment in order to prevent damage to the data. A Class 100 clean room is necessary to safely complete a level 3 repair. Exact matching donor drives must be used to restore the patient drive. Once the data can be read properly, the file system reconstruction can begin. Depending on the extent of the damage, we can often recover all or most of the data.
Mass Data Recovery uses a Class 100 clean room for hard drive data recovery.
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