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hard drive recovery equipment and processing

ive recently been in a few situations that have made me want to know more about this stuff

what is the hardware called for HD recovery?
where can one buy said equipment?
anyone know of a good online training course?

any help would be greatly appreciated

thanks
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Forget it.  Hardware recovery, if I understand what you're trying to do, is going to cost you TENS OF THOUSANDS because you need a Clean Room to do the data recovery in.  The hardware itself will be useless without it.
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funnymanmikeAuthor Commented:
please tell me what i am trying to do
at this point i am trying to learn more, made that quite clear
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SysExpertCommented:
If you get to the point where you need to open a hard drive, you need a clean room so that it does not get contaminated. This is expensive to say the least.



For more info I would check the big recovery sites, since they have explanations of what they do.

ontrack.com

etc.


I hope this helps !
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
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Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
Hard drive recovery can be complicated.  There are two types of recovery:

Software-based recovery.
Hardware-based recovery

If a drive just has data corruption (from a virus, perhaps), or localized unreadable disk, you may be able to use software to recover and rebuild some or all of the data. In general, you use imaging software to make a copy of the disk (often and imaging utility is included in the recovery software), and then run recovery on the image.

For drives that are not software-recoverable, you need to perform a hardware recovery.  Hardware recovery requires an understanding of how hard drives work, and the ability to diagnose the failing component.  For example, it is possible that the drive controller electronics are bad.  Hardware recovery may be as simple as replacing the failed controller board, or swapping the platters into a know-good drive unit.  Any operation that requires the case to be opened requires a "clean-room" environment (or a "clean-room" box). Recovery firs that perform these types of recovery have working disk drive shells (controller, motors, heads, case) that can accommodate your particular drive, so that they can swap you (hopefully good) platters into a good drive unit.

Hard Drive Recovery:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA28zXo5e6I
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/saving-data-a-head-crash,1044.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/raid-recovery,1542.html

- Gary Patterson
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Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
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nobusCommented:
check x-ways forensics :  http://www.x-ways.net/           1 license: EUR 716.90
others :
http://www.diskdatarecovery.net/forensics
http://www.stellarinfo.com/forensic.htm
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funnymanmikeAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone, just so i am 100% clear on this

ive had a few friends HD die recently and Ive sent them to professionals, i have no interest in buying hardware or making a clean room. I just wanted to learn more about the equipment, an the process involved.

thanks to Gary_The_IT_Pro for the only training link. the you tube video was great, i sent it to my friends so they had a better understanding of their hard drives.
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