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 +79

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    • Pentu Prager
      Pentu Prager Month ago +1

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

    • Pentu Prager
      Pentu Prager Month ago +1

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

    • Pentu Prager
      Pentu Prager Month ago +1

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

    • Pentu Prager
      Pentu Prager Month 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 Month ago

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

  • James Kirk
    James Kirk Hour ago

    I've recovered data from defective drives by merely holding them in a specific orientation that would loosen the bearings enough to spin and operate long enough to pull the data off. I've secured some really nice maintenance contracts doing this in front of prospective clients that heard of me from word of mouth. Thank God, however, I'm no longer in the IT business.

  • James Kirk
    James Kirk Hour ago

    I have many memories doing this.

  • salim shahzada
    salim shahzada 7 hours ago


  • TOFIK89
    TOFIK89 2 days ago

    This plastic handcone ? Where i can bay this?

  • m b
    m b 3 days ago

    Do you pay Jason for all his overtime? If Jason is doing it free, without compensation, then he isn’t that smart.

  • daytonpyro
    daytonpyro 4 days ago

    i have a bad pcb. i tried to do a bios swap. assume its just the one U12 chip. no luck. can i do just a platter swap to a working HD or would i still need to do the bios chip swap?

  • Dan Scott
    Dan Scott 5 days ago

    That was amazing work. I'm new to IT but would love to learn more of this kind of stuff. Top notch gentlemen!

  • Abdelbaki BENKOLLI
    Abdelbaki BENKOLLI 5 days ago

    The best or nothing ; SORIN you are the best !

  • Asad Ullah
    Asad Ullah 6 days ago

    2:46 there is an ostrich in there?

  • Spe Cial
    Spe Cial 6 days ago

    Are you guys looking for someone who can do video edit?

  • ikov
    ikov 8 days ago

    soooo. if i adjusted one of the platters like half a millimeter everyday, would i ever get them to line up again? or is it microns...?

  • iTuMoxai
    iTuMoxai 9 days ago

    ачо так можно было чтоли!?

  • William Curry
    William Curry 10 days ago

    i would have to be shown thats just me

  • ID Dr
    ID Dr 11 days ago

    nice PC3000 - do you guys have deepspars too?

    CRYPTO-RADIO 12 days ago

    OMG! I love the Neodymium Magnet On the Phillips Screw Driver! Easy Screw Management.

  • 露帝
    露帝 12 days ago

    I tried to open my dead hdd before 😭 i scraped the platter trying to get it open, and i was pretty sure the only damage back then was just the mechanical arm. But i blew it 😭

  • noel fabregas
    noel fabregas 12 days ago

    it was neat man.. great job

  • Justin Jimenez
    Justin Jimenez 12 days ago

    Hello, I have a very pressing matter to deal with on my 5 tb Seagate external drive that I use for business. I work in videography and have a lot of my work backed up on this 5 tb drive that my friend accidentally knocked over and caused a cm long scratch on the top platter and possibly others but I'm only aware of the top platter's scratch. The drive doesn't read on my laptop as the platter doesn't read now and stops spinning after a few tries. When I opened it up I could see a scratch of about a cm's length. I keep being told that no one can do anything to let me access my files but I just don't believe that. I really need to access these files again and seek any amount of guidance to help me do so. I know my way around hardware and can do a general amount of repairs on my own.

  • Sascha Zorn
    Sascha Zorn 13 days ago

    You use magnetic screwdrivers to screw in the holder of the platter? Is this a good idea? Or is the field strength of that screw driver unable to flip bits on the platter?

  • Zephyr
    Zephyr 14 days ago

    This video was recorded at 19:30, damn. Guys are working really hard. No rest for those willing to be successful in the tech field I see. This is very motivating in a way I must say.

  • Aurélio Ricardo
    Aurélio Ricardo 15 days ago

    I'm trying to open a 4TB Seagate external hard disk. The key is pentalobe but I don't know what size is. Could you tell me?

    JUMOR EL PALOMITO 16 days ago


  • Calvin McHoward
    Calvin McHoward 17 days ago

    Man, this was awesome! Good job!

  • ElectroPig Von Fokkengruuven

    You can use small CD labels and dead drive platters as business cards. LOADS cheaper than getting cards done at a print shop...AND it saves you the cost of discarding all those dead drive platters!

  • Toby Baker
    Toby Baker 18 days ago +1

    how much does it cost?

  • TheDarkKnight
    TheDarkKnight 19 days ago +1

    *opens hard disk
    *destroys alignment of platters
    *watches video later telling not to lose alignment
    *puts a gun in mouth

  • devendra12345678
    devendra12345678 19 days ago

    sir ji my 2tb hdd seagate external not open easily when open folder showing but not open when iam trying to open any folder system jaming

  • John Langerijs
    John Langerijs 20 days ago

    If this grease is dried out; can it be revitalized by adding some dissolving fluid.. to make it work again? Like for example adding some WD40 to it? I suppose that when the bearing itself is not damaged by the dried grease... it would save some work? Great explanation btw. Like this kind of investigations a lot. Namasté.

  • Rayen Staali
    Rayen Staali 21 day ago

    How much to change the head please

  • Jorgen Sandstrom
    Jorgen Sandstrom 24 days ago

    Sounds like my Seagate barracuda 3Tb

  • Miguel S. P.
    Miguel S. P. 26 days ago

    Solid technician there, man.

  • Simon Schmid
    Simon Schmid 27 days ago

    I know what your doing works (but sometimes you fuck it up because of this for sure)!
    But if you clean your hands they should never leave the flowhood before you finished. You constantly dragging dust in which can damage the hdd. Additionally you should put the hdd really close to the back if you have no other option and want to grab something outside!
    Really no offense - I have a lot of experience working with MO under GMP condition.
    Maybe you can improve your workflow.

  • Kurt Boczarski
    Kurt Boczarski 29 days ago

    I would love to get back into data forensics... use to be a ediscovery SME and did some low level physical data recovery before that... most my time was on servers pulling ediscovery from IBM products... EMC EmailXtender and EMC SourceOne in a Notes shop before they switched to windows outlook and etc...

  • UnderdogTactics
    UnderdogTactics 29 days ago

    The guy holding the camera clearly doesn't get how difficult this can be. His "no pressure" comment made me say STFU. Really obnoxious in the worst way.

  • Ghostrydr1972
    Ghostrydr1972 29 days ago

    Be like Apple and leave a screw missing. Lol

  • rahul kala
    rahul kala Month ago

    Sir how can I contact you...

  • Anonymous Leader
    Anonymous Leader Month ago

    I see porno

  • Pilletta Doinswartsh

    Brain surgery. Literally.
    I assume they're going through all this to save the data on the drive?

  • James C
    James C Month ago

    Will scotch tape work for multiple platters 3 + and much denser type platters,?

  • James C
    James C Month ago

    Do you make your own headcombs or do you buy them elsewhere? Cause I worked for a data recovery company that made them in FL. Looked exactly like those, same material too.

  • Shaheryar Shaikh3535

    How to get data recovery software

  • Its Me
    Its Me Month ago

    How much did this cost client

  • Olivier Ngimbi
    Olivier Ngimbi Month ago

    Hi ; can you help me ! how can I buy the Air Science pur air station ?

  • Shug McGurran
    Shug McGurran Month ago

    I just wondered is there not a danger when using magnetic screw driver for it to wipe some of the HD? If there is an accidental touch

  • That CrazyGuy
    That CrazyGuy Month ago

    Kinda wish I lived in NY so I could inquire about an internship.

  • Pentu Prager
    Pentu Prager Month ago +1

    33:05 camera out of the way. Dont want Hard-core porn showing. #CopyrightStrike

  • Pentu Prager
    Pentu Prager Month ago +1

    Clean Room? No hair net? Clean room suits? Skin cells on HDD are a pain.

  • Pentu Prager
    Pentu Prager Month ago +1

    Cameraman loves Jason's watch and forearm

  • Pentu Prager
    Pentu Prager Month ago +1

    Louis does camera work on cooking shows.

  • Pentu Prager
    Pentu Prager Month ago +2

    22:43 since when do nuts come unthreaded and needing a screw to hold them in place?

  • Pentu Prager
    Pentu Prager Month ago +1

    22:25 a nut? Best call it a washer, best description. Want to call anything in that operation a nut? Then call the screw that holds the "washer" in place.
    Autist follower. Autist and not stalking.

  • Clarence _
    Clarence _ Month ago

    I have a Dead Hard Drive and I sent it back to Sea Gate for data recovery and they failed to get all my files back. Is there another way to recover all my files?

  • devendra12345678
    devendra12345678 Month ago

    sir my 2tb seagate hdd fail fault hdd open but folder not open and jam message hdd not respnding read write error

  • DjSadhu
    DjSadhu Month ago

    Love to hear you talk about your employees like that

  • Ossama Arvayani
    Ossama Arvayani Month ago

    Hey, does someone repair hard drives?

  • Jason Heckenlively
    Jason Heckenlively Month ago +6

    Was eating a Reeses while watching this and realized I was subconsciously being super-careful not to drop any crumbs.

  • Walter Verkerk
    Walter Verkerk Month ago

    What software is being used here?

  • Jeromie Kirchoff
    Jeromie Kirchoff Month ago

    That was cool AF!?! Thanks!

  • Bleeding Electronics

    scratch tape, just as important as the screw