How to recover data from a dead hard drive (for beginners)

  • Published on Sep 20, 2015
  • This is a quick video to show how you can do a data recovery from a dead hard drive.
    Important Notes: - If your hard disk is still under the guarantee time, it would be wiser to send it to the manufacturing company instead of opening it this way.
    - This video explains how to solve one specific problem that might face the hard disk. Follow these instructions only if the hard drive you have sound's like the one in this video.
    How to fix a broken Hard drive to recover stored data
    How to recover data from a dead hard drive
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Comments • 864

  • grayeagle
    grayeagle 3 days ago

    Wait man, who is going to have a ready-made testing device to plug into the HD to test it??? NOBODY!

    • Nope McNope
      Nope McNope 14 hours ago

      Sata to usb adapters are like 8$, and it's great to have one just lying around for things like this. I had a roommate who managed to get a crippling virus, so I popped the hard drive out of his laptop, hooked it up to the usb and ran the virus scan from my desktop.

    • Imie Nazvisko
      Imie Nazvisko 2 days ago

      SATA dock, sata to usb adapter, have you heared about deviced like that?

  • Aamir Khan
    Aamir Khan 4 days ago

    its fake

  • Marley Butler
    Marley Butler 7 days ago

    What about the head stuck in the home position

  • ruddoz6
    ruddoz6 8 days ago

    magnetic screw tip over platters.. nice

  • Khan Computer
    Khan Computer 8 days ago


  • dezo kun
    dezo kun 10 days ago +1

    Thanks for having muted those seconds of disc scratching when putting the header back in its place.
    Also, what IS the way to open a hdd so you can reuse it?

  • Quick Data Recovery
    Quick Data Recovery 11 days ago

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  • Keep 'er Lit. Let 'er Rip!

    What if after powering up there is no clicking whatsoever?

  • Benjamin Paglinawan Jr.

    How to reinstall hdd after repair

  • Alexander Guryanov
    Alexander Guryanov 14 days ago

    Разводняк! После такого жопа всему, и данным и головкам. На 2:51чётко слышно, как винт щёлкает головками, не в состоянии считать сервоинфу с поверхности. А дальше кривая слейка, видео монтаж.

  • Israel Maytorena
    Israel Maytorena 16 days ago

    Thanks bro, i've recovered all my data, thanks you, so much

  • New York Metal Detecting
    New York Metal Detecting 16 days ago +1

    Can you please tell me what everything you are using to connect your computer to that damaged drive?

  • JNS Studios
    JNS Studios 18 days ago

    Hey do you got a link to the tools you used? I cant get that one darn screw hidden under the sticker out, the 5-pointed star one

    • Kkkk Bbbb
      Kkkk Bbbb 10 days ago

      Torx. Various sizes.. did he say its size T6?

  • nizidibi
    nizidibi 23 days ago

    Ok quick question. My hard drive is dead as in DEAD dead. Can i use the two discs inside the HDD and place them in another one to extract the data? If so those it have to be the same brand as the original?
    Thank in advance.

    • Jordan King
      Jordan King 18 days ago

      You should contact Gillware or ACS data recovery if you have important data you want to retrieve. The complexity of hard drives aren't an easy task for an non expert to handle especially when platters aren't designed to be touched by human hands. The experts work in clean rooms certified where as in the video, person showing you a not so smart way to fix a hard drive.

      Can you exchange patters? Contact Gillware, ACS, or Datasaver to give you an answer since they debunk the DIY videos how to save hard drives yourself. The data recovery works with donor drives to replace damaged pieces but it isn't simple or self explanatory. Assume you had your own clean room workstation, the software tools are proprietary and utilize inner parts of the hard drive to make a sector to sector HDD image clone.

      Hope that helps

  • david chm
    david chm 25 days ago

    you should have to traslate this to spanish cos this kind of optios its hard to on spanish videos

  • Alex Reiter
    Alex Reiter Month ago

    All those pirated movies probably killed it

  • Tamanna Ghanshani
    Tamanna Ghanshani Month ago

    Hey Need help. My hard disk is not getting detected. And also there is no such do I go about recovering my data

  • Sulky Playz
    Sulky Playz Month ago

    Its not working for me?

  • lanjio jilake
    lanjio jilake Month ago

    It won't work! My ps3 hdd has been corrupted, I tried with your steps and doesn't work! What can I do? Please help

  • denise fernandez
    denise fernandez 2 months ago

    Hello all - mine just beeps but I don't hear any spinning, what would you guys suggest? priceless photos on there, keeping them there to be safe originally. - any help is welcome or references to help safely retrieve the data.

  • Pieter Kock
    Pieter Kock 2 months ago

    Wow, pensé que lo agarraria a martillazos

  • Aurélio Ricardo
    Aurélio Ricardo 2 months ago

    I'm trying to open a 4TB Seagate external hard disk. The key is not T6, it's pentalobe but I don't know what size is. Could you tell me?

  • galathea muzakiri
    galathea muzakiri 2 months ago

    0:25 that’s how you remix but ill try this for my old hard drive thanks

  • saurabh cr7
    saurabh cr7 2 months ago

    Where is the link for screw driver

  • Mark
    Mark 2 months ago

    Hi ! My HDD fell off my desk and hit the floor.. It has a similar clicking noise. Its powers up fine then hits a repeat pattern of clicks.. It feels like it is trying to read but is stuck... I have contacted a pro but he isn't very optimistic... Thanks for this vid. I am feeling very positive it can be fixed!

    • Mark
      Mark 2 months ago

      @eppsislike You are absolutely right. He was trying to tell me there was no way the head could be re positioned if it was stuck on the platter. He was suggesting a very expensive removal service. I told him that I wasn't interested in that and would rather just loose my data if need be. Well I told him straight and he tried to wiggle his way out etc. So I met him, he is now taking a look and I am waiting on his reply. Thanks a lot..

    • eppsislike
      eppsislike 2 months ago

      Were you able to fix it? Pro's usually aren't very optimistic so that they can sell you a service for a rip-off price.

  • Ill Will
    Ill Will 2 months ago

    Hay...I have a Segate and it’s powered. But it burned out so I can’t get any power. Is there a way to still recover my files without plugging the drive up??????

  • Helgen X
    Helgen X 2 months ago

    Yeah, but what happens when the PCB is damaged? This won't do anything.

  • Prow
    Prow 2 months ago +1

    By T6 screwdriver does that mean Torx6 (6 millimeter)? Want to be sure since i have to order it.

  • W4NFT
    W4NFT 2 months ago

    What I need to know is how to recover data from a solid state drive with has had the USB connector broken off?

    • Helgen X
      Helgen X 2 months ago

      W4NFT take the drive out of the enclosure and put it into either a pc or another enclosure.

  • Josiah Owen
    Josiah Owen 2 months ago

    Can anyone tell me the device used to connect the drive to another computer? I believe that is all I need to save the hard drive from my first macbook. My first itunes!!! Back in like 2005! Omg the playlists will be golden!

  • Singer Suman FC
    Singer Suman FC 2 months ago

    How to recover dead HDD hard disk plz tell me sir and reply me

    • bricology
      bricology 2 months ago

      I don't think you understand how this internet thing works.

  • Kengo 1974
    Kengo 1974 2 months ago +1

    I tried this in my room and I broke the TV in the kitchen :(

  • vanillacokejunky
    vanillacokejunky 2 months ago

    this is nice and short but, only shows 1 scenario. what happens if the sound you hear is the infamous clicking sound? can you show a repair video on that?

  • ebee8472
    ebee8472 3 months ago

    i did the same thing, still can't access it on the computer.

  • marrium khosa
    marrium khosa 3 months ago

    Can you please guide me . I have a damaged drive and unable to recover my data.
    Can you please send me a source so i can share my damaged drive pictures so you can guide about possiblity of data recovery

    • comingx4xyou
      comingx4xyou 2 months ago

      when it is plugged in what happens? Is it recognised? Don't take it apart if the data is important to you.

  • denzino A
    denzino A 3 months ago

    Can anyone tell me the name of the circuit board that the USB and the hard drive was plugged into to test the hard drive? Where can I get it from?

    THARINDU JAYASEKARA 3 months ago

    still not working ....i did like this please help me

  • Samreen Akhtar
    Samreen Akhtar 3 months ago

    Contact plz

  • harsh rawal
    harsh rawal 3 months ago

    kitna cost lag dakta h ek old hard drive may se data nikal na ?

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  • Marco Fernandes
    Marco Fernandes 3 months ago


  • Alexi Feliciano
    Alexi Feliciano 3 months ago

    Thankyou for puerto rico dj alex

  • Gilberto David
    Gilberto David 3 months ago


  • Robi1969 Gaming
    Robi1969 Gaming 3 months ago

    umm i don't have sata to usb controller what if i put my pc back and i connect sata+power cable? I need to save my Granturismo4 Memorycards atleast :(

    • PocketRave
      PocketRave 3 months ago

      If you still need to do this sata cable should still work

  • R3ckonian
    R3ckonian 3 months ago

    im not the brightest but what is the name of that tool that connects the hard drive? and where can i find it ? (dont know its name either in my language or english) PLEASE HELP i have a hard drive that can work with this tool!!

  • Umair Leo
    Umair Leo 3 months ago


  • Jon Rend
    Jon Rend 4 months ago

    All cool man, but you should have your important shit backed up.

  • Asharaf Thanelil
    Asharaf Thanelil 4 months ago +1

    My hard drives PCB is shorted, how do I recover my datas

    • Snjesko Computer
      Snjesko Computer 3 months ago

      By the exactly same Hard drive you have, swap the PCBs between the two, and Run a file system repair on the old one. (ex. CHKDSK)

  • HDD Recovery Services
    HDD Recovery Services 4 months ago +1

    you can clearly hear repeating clicking noises at 2:49 for couple of seconds followed by a clip being cut at 2:53. this video is a hoax

  • Frank Java
    Frank Java 4 months ago

    Received one more dead hard drive. Customer watched your video.

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  • Aimee Santos
    Aimee Santos 4 months ago

    What number# did you use to open your hard drive?

  • Irfan Khan
    Irfan Khan 4 months ago

    my harddisk not detect plz advice me

  • Hermann Fegelein
    Hermann Fegelein 4 months ago

    My one makes tick tick tick sound like a clicker in last of us

  • Typical__ Z
    Typical__ Z 4 months ago

    Nice beat 🤣

  • Дмитрий Солодкий

    I did not understand.

  • Soloman 5k
    Soloman 5k 4 months ago

    My computer can detect my old hard drive, but when I try to copy the files, it just hangs on me every time, and should this trick fix the problem?

  • Shpend Mirakaj
    Shpend Mirakaj 4 months ago

    I see that you did open it before this HDD, ist just stupid Posting...

  • Fahad Siddiqui
    Fahad Siddiqui 5 months ago


  • Nishant Flute
    Nishant Flute 5 months ago

    hello dear the video is amazing but i am in a similar situation my hard drive is not getting detected. i do have lot of precious pictures of my father who passed away on the same drive . i gave the hard drive to a data recovery centre and they said first they need to clone my hard drive . is there something i can do at my end to retrieve my picture . thanks for reading .