Internal / External Hard Disk Drives (HDDs)

Internal hard disk drives (HDDs) are normally used as the primary data storage within computing devices or RAID storage systems. These devices can and do fail, it’s a matter of when they will fail, rather than if they will fail.

External hard disk drives (HDDs) are intended to be used as secondary storage or backup hard drives. However, many decide to use them as extended storage or portable storage rather than as a reliable backup device. Portable and easy to use external hard disk drives typically use one or more standard 2.5″ or 3.5″ internal hard drives in a portable enclosure that connects to a computer’s USB or other data port. When an internal or external hard drive fails or becomes damaged, Data Rescue MDs has qualified data recovery specialists with the expertise, training and professional data recovery tools to reunite you with the lost part of your digital life!

Common devices we recover:

  • Seagate
  • Western Digital
  • Hitachi
  • Toshiba
  • Samsung
  • SanDisk
  • LaCie
  • G-Drive
  • 1.8” ZIF Drives (Found in Sony Handycam)
  • and all others

Physical Failures

Traditional (electro-mechanical) internal and external hard drives have delicate internal moving parts that can become less reliable over time. A hard drive’s read/write heads hover on molecules of air just above the spinning media on which your data is stored. When they come into contact with the spinning media surface, damage to the read/write heads and media will occur immediately resulting in data loss. In addition to internal component and media damage, other common physical failures include:

  • Seized media spindle, prevents the internal media discs from spinning.
  • Stiction, the internal read/write heads collapse on the media surface holding the media captive
  • Actuator arm jams or fails
  • Mechanical noises such as clicking, scraping, buzzing or beeping indicate mechanical failure or damage

Electronic Failures

When a hard drive has an electronic issue, it may stop working entirely or your computer may report an error message. Electronic failures are potentially as serious as physical hard drive failures and should only be handled by experienced data recovery professionals. Some internal and external hard drives experience electronic failures due to:

  • Power surges from unprotected outlets
  • Logic board or internal pre-amplifier component failure
  • Improper power supply
  • Excessive heat

Logical Failures

Hard drives can experience data loss due to non-physical errors that affect how the drive operates. Some of these failures include:

  • Deterioration of the media or read-write heads reduces the drive’s ability to read the data stored on the media surface
  • Accidental formatting or erasing the drive or deleting files and folders
  • Corruption of the service area modules (firmware) on the spinning media eliminates the drives ability to function properly



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When you need data recovered from your internal or external hard drive, choose the trusted experts at Data Rescue MDs to get reunited with your data! Call (847) 461-3282
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I’m so happy I did more Google searching and found Data Rescue MDs! I absolutely recommend Data Rescue MDs! They rescued my data from a catastrophic hard drive crash and relieved my anxiety! I wish I had called them first because their quote was half of the other well-known data recovery company I started with who charged an evaluation fee to determine a PCB and read-write heads failure. Data Rescue MDs is local, they do not take any money up front, and you will feel comfortable and confident. I cannot say enough positive things about Data Rescue MDs.

Ahmir K.

I cannot say enough good things about the experience I had with Data Rescue MDs. I’m a health care professional, who was horrified to find that the hard drive on my Apple MacBook sustained mechanical damage as a result of falling from a shelf. The data on my damaged hard drive represented almost 200 GB of professional files (many of which required HIPAA compliance) accumulated throughout my career, including PowerPoint presentations, Documents, thousands of PDF articles, digital and radiographic images, and volumes of very large high resolution CT scans. They were efficient, extremely capable, and pleasant to work with and more affordable than other comparable options. I’m very hard on laptop computers! Not only have other companies that I have used in the past charged much more, and they were not nearly as successful at recovering my data and they were also not as accommodating to work with. I could not be happier with the experience I had with Data Rescue MDs!

Vern R.
Healthcare Professional