looking for harddrive disk reader

Is there such a device that can read the plate (disc) inside the hard drive
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WEINBERGERAsked:
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InteraXCommented:
Hi WEINBERGER,

Only if you work for an HDD manufacturer or the likes of OnTrack (a data recovery specialist).

This would have to be done in a sterile environment (ie. NO dust). Once the platter has been exposed to normal free air, it's almost useless. What's the problem?

Good Luck
;-)
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Cyber-DudeCommented:
You mean binary reader? Actually there is; what brand you need?

Cyber
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WEINBERGERAuthor Commented:
Yes Interax this is what I am looking for. I want to be able to add data recovery services to my existing services.
Yes I am aware that a clean room will be needed.
Do you know where I can get such a device that OnTrack uses ?
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WEINBERGERAuthor Commented:
In essence , I will be starting my own data recovery program
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Cyber-DudeCommented:
Oh, you want to build a recovery room. It is not only software but the combination of hardware plate reader and a software accomodate with it.
Have a few links and recovery instruments, but take in mind high budget and investmant; I just want to be sure before providing you with further information;

Cyber
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WEINBERGERAuthor Commented:
Yes this is a business opportunity and I know there will be some substantial costs involved. I just have to determine how substantial and if it is going to be viable.
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Cyber-DudeCommented:
Here it is (an example - there are more utilities but this is what I know of):

A little on drive recovery:
http://www.epos.kiev.ua/pubse/ee.htm

Instruments:
Portable device EPOS Tester IDE:
http://www.epos.kiev.ua/pre/ide.htm

EPOS TESTER HDD – Device for HDD maintenance
http://www.epos.kiev.ua/pre/et1.htm

EPOS Data Recovery Tools
http://www.epos.kiev.ua/pre/edrt.htm

Hope that helped in some way;

Cyber
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icemanwolCommented:
I do not know if this is possible.  From my understanding, most of the time the data recovery places just replace the componate of the hdd that has gone bad such as the circit board contoler or motor.  In the case of a head crash, i belive they remove the platters, then find a working drive of the same model then put the platters that need to be recovered in the working caseing and read the data that way.  This is why HDD recovery can be so expensive.
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InteraXCommented:
icemanwol,

You are probably quite correct.
It is a very easy job to replace the PCB of a dodgy HDD. This should be a lot cheaper than a full blown drive chassis replacement.
However replacing the motor/moving the platters is a very time consuming, delicate and tricky task. This is the expensive bit.

Because they don't tell you what was wrong, you don't know what they have done, thus have to pay the high price to get your data back. This is why backups are pushed so much.

;-)
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WEINBERGERAuthor Commented:
When rebuilding a harddrive you need the identical components of the damaged drive. So my problem would be if I get an oldere drive say a 2 GB or 4 GB that has been out of production for a few years now , how  would I read that drive as I will no longer be able to get that model to get the spare components. This is why I was wondering if there is a universal device that can read the plate/disc.
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icemanwolCommented:
Ebay is there best freind from my understanding, plus, alot of these places have been in bussness for a LONG time now (like 5-10 years) and have collected many old HDD's that work and can use the same drive chassis many times if it still works
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WEINBERGERAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys your information was very helpful. Splitting the points
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