Data recovery tools

Being an industry which deals with essentially repairing and then recovering hard drives, it is obvious that tools will be required to carry out this task. If you take into consideration the complexity and technology required to make a hard drive function, we are talking about amazing devices which, if you give them some thought, shouldn’t even work at all. It may just be a silver box that stores your data, but the electrical and mechanical wonders that go on inside a hard drive are mind blowing. To repair these hard drives to a state to where they are recoverable takes some very advanced tools.

Data recovery tools we use

Data recoveries can usually be broken down into failures of one of the components of a hard drive. For each failure of a component, there is a related tool and skill set. Put simply, recoveries can be broken down into:

  • PCB (printed circuit board) failure
  • Head assembly failure
  • Degraded magnetic media
  • Firmware damage/corruption
  • Spindle damaged/seizure
  • Logical issues/software issues

Some hard drives can suffer more than one failure, for example a drive which has been subjected to a power surge could have both a damaged PCB as well as a damage head assembly due to a faulty preamp. This sort of situation would require more than one set of tools and procedures in order to successfully recover the data from the hard drive. In the next short while we will discuss the different types of tools used for different component failures, how they work, where they come from, and how the correct use of them can lead to a happy customer.

Different tools for certain data recoveries

There are many different specialised data recovery tools out there. Some are better than others, you get what you pay for. As Southbit, from the start we opted to only use the best so as to ensure we could offer our clients the best and most successful data recovery experience. The two main tools we use are from Russia and Canada respectively. We have many, many other bespoke and unique tools that we use for certain procedures, but these two are the main workhorses of the business.

pc-3000 express
Ace Lab's PC-3000 Express

The PC-3000 from Ace Laboratory is the golden standard for professional data recovery. They have been in the business from the beginning and have always been at the forefront of the data recovery industry in terms of innovation and solutions. This products allows us to run multiple data recoveries at once, along with analysis and everything in-between. We also run our SSD recoveries through this platform as it has great support for the every growing list of SSDs out there. 

Deepspar's USB Stabilizer

We have plenty of support for SATA drives, be it HDDs or SSDs. However, some of the newer interfaces can only be accessed over USB, for reasons that are too technical for this article. Windows has no capability to handle any device that has any hardware issues, even if you use the best software. We, therefore, need a hardware interface been the device being recovered and the recovery software. This is the perfect solution, the Deepspar USB Stabilizer. It allows lots of control over the USB device in terms of read retries, error handling, speed for imaging, and other parameters. It’s a vital piece of our data recovery system.

If you need data recovery Cape Town services, give us a call and we will recover your data using our years of experience and cutting-edge tools and processes. Having the best tools for the job, along with frequent updates, gives us the best shot at recovering your previous data.


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