Data Recovery: Hard Drive Platter Swap in Our Lab!

  • Published on Mar 19, 2017
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  • Louis Rossmann
    Louis Rossmann  2 years ago +87

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    • Pentu Prager
      Pentu Prager 4 months ago +1

      @Colin P. The Sound of Silence. Still no answer.

    • Pentu Prager
      Pentu Prager 4 months ago +1

      @Sammy Blaze how many edits? Always thumb down edits.

    • Pentu Prager
      Pentu Prager 4 months ago +1

      @TechyBen really? Eternity is a very long time.
      Autist Follower.

    • Pentu Prager
      Pentu Prager 4 months ago +1

      Oooohhhhh noooooo! Always thumb down edits. Why? They can be edited again and again. #Shame.
      Best delete and repost or repost. If I ever need to edit my report I will delete and repost if it's a new report or repost an updated version if I spot a mistake later.
      Autist Follower.

    • Tushar Singh
      Tushar Singh 5 months ago

      do you have to use the same model for donor driver or you can use anymodel?

  • azir ken
    azir ken 10 hours ago

    i want. to know why 5xx people dislike. amazing video.

  • Kalpna Singh
    Kalpna Singh 18 hours ago

    the drive to be repaired should be of same company as that of donor drive!!! if this is true, why and how a normal working person would buy a donor drive and then open it only to destroy it!!.
    As far as I know, the internal configuration of each drive from different companies is different @Louis Rossmann

  • Mad LabZ
    Mad LabZ Day ago +1

    Two questions for Rossman, Q1: have you found yourself using one specific brand of tape Q2: have you found any better solution or specialty tool in place of tape since 2017. great video was a nail biter!!!

  • John Bain
    John Bain 2 days ago

    nicely done

  • Felix Otero
    Felix Otero 4 days ago

    I know this is an old post, but I waited 2 years to learn as much as possible to salvage my files for a novel I was working on. I had about 60,000 words that were lost and I went ahead and purchased a used tunnel system this past month. I then got a hold of a new donor HD (luckily, it was a single platter). I was able to carefully pull the parking break and get the heads out of the way and gently pull the platter. Yes lol, I used tape to pull up the center platter very carefully. Once I landed the platter into the new donor housing and sealed it. I recovered 99.3% of my data. You guys rock. I'm sort of stubborn and like to learn stuff myself. So I took the time to do this myself because I wasn't willing to risk additional impact or having too many hands touching it. I also did not want to risk sending this via mail and risking the package getting lost. So... Thank you for inspiring me to grow and expand my knowledge.

  • Tom Leahy
    Tom Leahy 5 days ago

    Veddy interesting. Jason's on his way to becoming a Livestream star!
    Thanks, Louis and Jason.

  • xelaju8
    xelaju8 5 days ago

    I want one of them clean rooms. Good job.

  • Ironbuket
    Ironbuket 6 days ago

    Do the helium filled drives work at all once you have had them open?

  • Sumanta'sDARPAN
    Sumanta'sDARPAN 6 days ago


  • WizardsWithMachinery

    Very, very cool. I learned something. Quite the surgical procedure, that's for sure! Yikes.. 😅

  • asa 7319
    asa 7319 7 days ago

    that camera man is allover the place

  • Wizard Ace
    Wizard Ace 8 days ago

    Love the dust on the platers already

  • Andrew Christiansen
    Andrew Christiansen 8 days ago

    I clicked all ur amazon links I hope that helps you hahaha. Do I need to buy something for it to pay you out?

  • bigbangnone
    bigbangnone 10 days ago

    Nice bearing replacement. But the most common failure is head crashing from dropping the HD or other root causes. And it would be very interesting to observe the process of head crash recovery.

  • Barrett Abney
    Barrett Abney 11 days ago


  • Usually leaves negative comments

    Repair guy not digging camera guy's attempted humor

  • Rodger Henderson
    Rodger Henderson 13 days ago


  • Unauthorized Expression
    Unauthorized Expression 14 days ago +1

    A better tape to use would be air conditioning duct tape. NO not duck tape. That duct tape is incredibly sticky and it's metal so it holds it's shape.

  • MB Technologies
    MB Technologies 16 days ago

    i tried but operation success patient dead

  • Dumb Comment
    Dumb Comment 17 days ago

    Hmm the way you describe him, is he Asian?
    Yup he is

  • Spencer Bruno
    Spencer Bruno 19 days ago

    25:03 Eu imagino se fosse o manual do mundo ali: "vamos usar o jeitinho, se não der certo tem um suuuper imã aqui".

  • WonkaaVision
    WonkaaVision 20 days ago

    I have lots of data on Freemasons, Illuminati and that the world needs to see once they are no longer under the control of the TV and mainstream media, if you can, please send me some drives to backup my data.

  • God of Zeus Kratos Zeus slayer

    Hi I have a broken my mobile and the inner hardware parts are good and just display gone and I want to recover the data in it can you please make a suitable work for that please.

    SAMIR ROY 24 days ago

    Unique lab..

  • mohamad123sh
    mohamad123sh 24 days ago

    A very good job, before watching this I think you must wear clean clothes like in hospitals!!!!

  • r0gu3Sch0lar
    r0gu3Sch0lar 24 days ago

    Fix your line levels, i hate it when a random video starts shouting at me

  • Cushshon
    Cushshon 26 days ago +1

    Forget fan spin, we now have platter spin😂

  • Bram vandenbroeck
    Bram vandenbroeck 28 days ago

    I did a full data recovery once using this technique! It was a 10gb hard drive so it didn't take long

  • doppler
    doppler 28 days ago

    I would build a three fingered clamp in two sizes to grip it surly around the edges. Would give a sure place to grip to take it out after you remove the filters and other components there would be plenty of room for the fingers. I give you this idea for free but my name is Matt so you just have to refers to them as the damn matt clamps like in who took my damn matt clamps

  • Peter Welsh
    Peter Welsh 28 days ago

    Wow. I can't believe I watched the whole thing

  • Casus Belli
    Casus Belli 29 days ago

    Annnnd... This is why you hire asian 😁

  • Stephen Tsang
    Stephen Tsang 29 days ago

    how can i like this video more? love the tech, hard work and the result, collab of 2 ethnic groups, use of hands, sharing of info (by the Rossmann team and the HDD recovery serv), humor, and the relevance. well done. wish there are more people like this in the world.

  • Dr. Lawyer
    Dr. Lawyer Month ago

    Louis saste nashe kar raha hay ... solder fumes ke

  • Anandam Karthikeya
    Anandam Karthikeya Month ago

    @nice video@

  • John Greene
    John Greene Month ago

    He does great work, but it really bugs me that he uses tweezers to place the screws in place when he obviously has a magnetic screw driver. Am I missing something? And before anyone comments, a magnetic screw driver will not fuck with data. It takes a very strong magnet to cause that problem

    • John Greene
      John Greene 29 days ago +1

      @Jozef Vallasek So I just took apart a Toshiba laptop hard drive and I now understand my confusion. It had been quite a while since I disassembled a drive and since they were bad, I never reassembled one. All of the screws are all ferrous material. However, some the screw heads are not deep enough to remain on the tip of the driver. Removing was fine but the reassembly was difficult but not impossible. The tweezers definitely made it easier to position some of the screws. I stand corrected but wanted to share my findings.
      Edit: Funny thing I just noticed. If I use the magnet from the drive attached to the shaft of the screw driver, the screws stay attached to the driver and reassembly can be done without tweezers. Just an interesting find and thought I'd share. Thanks

    • John Greene
      John Greene 29 days ago

      @Jozef Vallasek Thanks, I guess I will re-watch the video. I know on hard drives that I have disassemble regardless of laptop or desktop, the screws are all the same material and a magnetic tipped driver holds them all.

    • Jozef Vallasek
      Jozef Vallasek 29 days ago

      @John Greene You can clearly see that most of the screws inside the hard drive are made of different alloy than the screws on the lid. Judging by their colour might be copper, or brass based alloy, and those metals are not ferromagnetic. Obviously those screws are not permanent magnets, nor have I ever suspected them to be. Hope this helps

    • John Greene
      John Greene 29 days ago

      @Jozef Vallasek Don't understand that at all. I have taken numerous bad hard drives apart to retrieve the magnets inside. The screws are all the same material. When I magnetize the tip of my driver the screws stay on the driver. Besides that, screws are not magnetic, it's the driver that is magnetic or magnetized.

    • Jozef Vallasek
      Jozef Vallasek 29 days ago

      If you look closely you will see that some of the screws are not magnetic

  • Just like the movies

    What is your job title,

  • Moemn Bagdady
    Moemn Bagdady Month ago +3

    0:52 As a tech employee for 10y now I had only one experience with working with a boss who will appreciate the hard worker and give positive feedback. on behalf of everyone thank you for give credit to your employee.

  • Yok Long
    Yok Long Month ago

    I learned nothing

  • Ahmad Saki
    Ahmad Saki Month ago

    Hi my Bradewise software I would like to thank you for more help
    Which site should I download from


    its not liquid it has air as a lubricant i think

  • Uzumaki Naruto
    Uzumaki Naruto Month ago

    Nice bro :D

  • R. T.
    R. T. Month ago

    i did this using duct tape worked perfect

  • David Mars
    David Mars Month ago

    when i do these things they give me so much anxiety

  • drewp831
    drewp831 Month ago

    What're all the silent parts??? When he said something incorrectly?

  • Joe Sevy
    Joe Sevy Month ago

    Years ago I watched a video about a platter swap using a specialized tool... now obsolete due to guy who discovered scotch tape sticks to platters too!

  • jakobole
    jakobole Month ago

    Nice video! What was the price?

  • Jay Bee
    Jay Bee Month ago

    Was not expecting that noise lol

  • Edsknife
    Edsknife Month ago +2

    HDD goes "OINK, OINK, OINK"

  • Flor Hoorebeke
    Flor Hoorebeke Month ago

    I've been told that when a hdd doesn't work and makes a clicking sound, that this clicking sound are the heads banging to the sides, because the heads weren't in park position when the hdd was shut down (improperly) and this can be fixed by manually put the heads in the park position. Is this true, or is there a lot more too it? I have such a drive that I bought new and only used for 3 months, but they claimed I dropped it or something else as an excuse to deny warranty on that drive. I'm handy too, but I'm not going to blindly believe someone who just claims what is wrong and how to fix it, I rather take the advice of an accomplished professional like you If you don't mind :-)
    This looked like something relatively easy to do and apparently a hdd doesn't have that many parts and is easy to disassemble and assemble again, so that clicking sound I can imagine, doesn't require to take the discs themselves off so the risk of misalignment is minuscule I reckon?

  • RedSlonik
    RedSlonik Month ago

    Оператор, сука, от бога. Просто обожает зум.

  • w4csc
    w4csc Month ago

    Inspite of the unprofessional camera controller, this is one of the finest videos to come out of Rossmann Group. Very professional, indeed. Thanks, guys......Now let's watch it on a 4TB drive....hee hee.
    What about one of those big building projectors and put this video, with a new Rossmann Group header and trailer on the smoothest building across the street from the Crapple Store??
    "Told you can't recover it?? Quoted thousands to repair anyway? Call Rossmann Group's data recovery experts, first, (phone number)(webpage)"

    RAVI CHAUHAN Month ago

    My hard disk in not working
    And I won't backup
    What I am do

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  • noodled
    noodled Month ago +1

    Wait, there's people who don't know how to google, learn and solve problems by themselves?

  • soufi abdelkader
    soufi abdelkader Month ago

    creat work , bravoooo

  • cem türkoğlu
    cem türkoğlu Month ago

    steves dead box hahahah lol

  • Darkburrow
    Darkburrow Month ago

    He needs to learn to do less "eh" and "um" and think a little about what to say to he don't stutter so much

    • Brian B.
      Brian B. Month ago +1

      perhaps you need to take a remedial course in English writing skills...."think a little about what to say to he don't stutter so much." Really?

  • Mol Kancil
    Mol Kancil Month ago

    I have a hard drive. to enter Windows is still normal, but when used for a longer period of time, the hard disk suddenly stopped working. traffic jam. even though the health of the hard drive is 100%. What components are damaged in the hard disk?

  • Voyager
    Voyager Month ago

    With the recent improvements in the SSDs, I ain't going back to these shitty mechanical means of storage garbage bins called HDDs.
    Fuck them.
    I am happy with my SSDs. Over 5 years of excessive use, still running like beasts. Bought 2 more recently for expanded storage.