Can HDD be repaired?

Hard drive repair is possible, but they should NOT be reused after a recovery!

Of course, HDDs can be repaired! However, a repaired HDD should not be reused, but rather, have its contents recovered immediately and then be discarded as it cannot be trusted to work into the future. Hard drives work by having microscopic heads read & write data to sensitive magnetic mediums – once these mechanisms begin to fail, they should not be trusted with important data again.

HDD repairs are complex, but can be done.

We have a dedicated team to repair your faulty hard drives. Here’s a short list of some of the problems we can recover:

  • Software corruption
  • Bad partition table
  • Beeping
  • Heads stuck
  • Clicking
  • Bad heads
  • Platter stuck
  • Corrupt firmware
  • Not showing up
  • Copying data off slow
  • Water damage

In the event that a device has a bad head or some non-functioning heads, we perform a head swap. An exact model donor drive is used which we get a known working head from, and it is then put into your faulty drive. This corrects the faulty heads and therefore means that we can read your data. Once your data can be read, we can then start to clone your data to a new drive.

In the event that your device has suffered from corrupt firmware, we try to repair the existing drive PCB so that it will work with your specific drive date – drives manufactured during different times will often require different firmware.

In the event that your device has suffered liquid damage, we inspect it thoroughly and replaced any damaged components on the back of the board we see. The drive is also opened and inspected inside to make sure there is no corrosion affecting anything. Once the board has been fixed, and inside the drive has been inspected, we then check the heads using PC3K and start the cloning process onto a new drive.

If you would like a more thorough description of the recovery process, please don’t hesitate to contact our expert data recovery technicians using our contact form!

Check out a real data recovery below!

If you’re feeling curious, watch our process.

Call or Visit Us

(347) 552-2258

Monday-Friday – 12 PM to 8 PM

Saturday-Sunday 12 PM to 4 PM

141 W. 27th St

New York, NY 10001

Have a failed external USB drive? We can by-pass the USB on your drive and go straight for your data!

We can do clean room data recovery on premises when necessary.


Stuck heads? No problem! We have the tools and the clean room to un-stick your heads.

Inspecting a 6 head stack from a donor drive before it goes into a recovery drive.

Top Reasons To Have Your Data Recovery Done By Us

  • We stock a very large variety of spare parts & donor drives.
  • Our pricing is fair.
  • We do not outsource any aspect of our data recovery.
  • The person you speak to in the store is the person actually recovering your data.