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Have you lost your data? Suffering From A Hard Drive Crash? Has Your Raid Array Shut Down? Don’t Panic. You Have Found The Right Place, and you are probably eager to find out if the data is recoverable, contact us now to find out.

With All The Work We Do At Tec Team, Our Number One Priority Has Always Been Your Data, It’s Important To Us That Your Data Is Safe.

 

 

 

At Plymouth Data Recovery - Tec Team, we have been providing successful data recovery services for businesses and individuals for more than a decade. With data recovery facilities in Plymouth it’s in easy reach for an individual or business in Devon or Cornwall, we are your #1 choice for secure, fast, & confidential data recovery services in the South-West.

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Common Symptoms:

  • Clicking Noises
  • No Operating System Found
  • Corruption Found
  • SMART messages
  • Virus Attacks
  • Bad Sectors

The Tec Team Recovery Process

The majority of electronic problems can be rectified and the stored data retrieved although we cannot make any guarantees. We have the facilities to scan and find data on drives in a RAW manner, meaning no file system is required. In the majority of cases this means you can get your data back. In some cases however the control data is damaged beyond repair and data extraction is not possible without complex reprogramming and rebuilding processes, most of the time we feel the cost of this work prohibits recovery.

Backing Up Is Important & Can Prevent The Need For Data Recovery

  • COMPLETE DATA TRANSFER
  • No Data Half Price Guarantee
  • PC or Apple Mac
  • Free Evaluation & Estimate
  • 10 Years of Quality Experience
  • Multiple Data Recovery Labs
  • 100% Confidentiality Assured
  • 24×7 Emergency Service
  • Professional Customer Service
  • Expert Raid Array Specialists
  • Courteous & Helpful Staff
  • Fastest Turnaround Times
  • Warranty Safe Services
  • Trusted Discrete Engineer
  • 90% Recovery Success Rate
  • INCLUDES BUSINESSES
  • WE ALSO DO PC TO MAC
  • EMAIL AND ADDRESS BOOK

Western Digital manufactures hard disk drives of exceptional quality for all user environments and performance requirements. They are reliable, robust and manufactured to high standards:

Common problems:
Laptops and their resident hard disk drives are susceptible to misuse mostly when in transit or due to operation in an unsatisfactory environment. When failure occurs the users notices:
Ticking noise due to corrupt servo track or read/write head failure
Blank screen as the hard disk is not recognised.

Firmware Problems:
On both laptop and desktop hard disk drives applications are resident on the actual hard disk PCB. These applications interact with the computer BIOS to ensure the operation of the hard disk is efficient and error free. Applications are written during manufacture and are specific to families of hard disk drives. Once the information is corrupt the drive will not function properly or not interact with the BIOS at all. The hard disk may:

Not be recognised correctly in the BIOS and computer hangs
Not be recognised at all in the BIOS
Run slowly making regular ticking noise at start up
Mechanical Failure:
All Hard Disks Drives have a recommended life span in terms of run hours and if in regular use will eventually fail as a result of a mechanical failure. The most common component to fail in a hard disk drive is the read/write heads. For a variety of reasons the heads fail to fly over the surface of the platters on an air bearing and will collide with the platters. The resulting collisions cause damage and failure of the head ceramic component with resulting poor definition magnetic patterning. The outcome is total failure or an accumulation of bad or corrupt data sectors. Bad or corrupt sectors will cause the computer to hang or run unacceptably slowly as the applications attempt to correct the errors.

Misuse or environmental damage:
Mains Power Surge
Over voltage damage power cable misplaced.
Broken Pin or Pins/ Data Cable IDE SATA SCSI damage
Contaminated platters typically drink spillage of flood damage
Corruption of systems files FAT
Recycle Bin emptied or files were deleted in error.
Virus attack
incorrectly Formatted Hard drives
Partitioning or boot-up sector problems
Forgotten or Lost Password removal from Hard Disk.

Hard disks made by all manufacturers are subject to similar problems. Western Digital hard disks are no more prone to developing them than any other manufacturer’s hard disk.

Tec Team’s problem solving expertise and facilities offer you the best chance of recovering data from any type and manufacture of failed hard disk drives or storage media.

The LaCie Big Disks are infact one or more standard IDE hard disk drives with a USB and / or FireWire interface surrounded by a metal or plastic casing. LaCie drives have become extremely popular due to the large capacity available in their range and its tough exterior.

Recent drive failure figures have shown that there has been an increase in the failure rate of the larger capacity LaCie products. Datlabs have extensive knowledge of the typical problems faced by LaCie hard disk drives and would provide you with the best chance of retrieving your data.

Typical Models:
LaCie Big Disk
LaCie Rugged Hard Disk
LaCie Little Disk
LaCie Mobile Disk
LaCie Desktop Hard Disk
Failure Symptoms:
Specific files and / or directories become inaccessible and disappear.
In more severe cases, the entire drive becomes inaccessible and disappears.
Further potential problems:
The internal fan is susceptible to damage, and can break down due to wear and tear, the drive(s) are then prone to overheat within the casing, causing the device to fail.
LaCie external disks are still prone to all the other problems hard disks suffer from ie. mechanical failure, logical failure, bad sectors etc..
LaCie frequently use Maxtor or Western Digital hard drive.

Seagate Hard Drive Failure – Data Recovery

Seagate Technologies Inc is the largest manufacturer of hard disk drives in the world. Seagate produce hard disk drives of exceptional quality for all user environments and performance requirements. Seagate Hard Disk Drives are reliable, robust and manufactured to high standards.

Common failure:
Laptops and their resident hard disk drives are susceptible to misuse mostly when in transit or due to operation in an unsatisfactory environment. When failure occurs the users notices:
Ticking noise due to corrupt servo track or read/write head failure
Blank screen as the hard disk is not recognised.

Firmware Problems:
On both laptop and desktop hard disk drives applications are resident on the actual hard disk PCB. These applications interact with the computer BIOS to ensure the operation of the hard disk is efficient and error free. Applications are written during manufacture and are specific to families of hard disk drives. Once the information is corrupt the drive will not function properly or not interact with the BIOS at all. The hard disk may:
Not be recognised correctly in the BIOS and computer hangs
Not be recognised at all in the BIOS
Run slowly making regular ticking noise at start up
Mechanical Failure:
All Hard Disks Drives have a recommended life span in terms of run hours and if in regular use will eventually fail as a result of a mechanical failure. The most common component to fail in a hard disk drive is the read/write heads. For a variety of reasons the heads fail to fly over the surface of the platters on an air bearing and will collide with the platters. The resulting collisions cause damage and failure of the head ceramic component with resulting poor definition magnetic patterning. The outcome is total failure or an accumulation of bad or corrupt data sectors. Bad or corrupt sectors will cause the computer to hang or run unacceptably slowly as the applications attempt to correct the errors.

Misuse or environmental damage:
Mains Power Surge
Over voltage damage power cable misplaced.
Broken Pin or Pins/ Data Cable IDE SATA SCSI damage
contaminated platters typically drink spillage of flood damage
Corruption of systems files FAT
Recycle Bin emptied or files were deleted in error.
Virus attack
incorrectly Formatted Hard drives
partitioning or boot-up sector problems
Forgotten or Lost Password removal from Hard Disk.
Please Note: Hard disks made by all manufacturers are subject to similar problems. Seagate hard disks are no more prone to developing them than any other manufacturer’s hard disk.


Hitachi Hard Drive Failure – Data Recovery

Hitachi are one of the largest manufacturers of hard disk drives in the world having acquired the IBM manufacturing plant. Hitachi produce hard disk drives for desktop and laptop and consumer markets.
Common failure:
Laptops and their resident hard disk drives are susceptible to misuse mostly when in transit or due to operation in an unsatisfactory environment . When failure occurs the users notices:
Ticking noise due to corrupt servo track or read/write head failure.
Blank screen as the hard disk is not recoginsed.

Firmware Problems:
On both laptop and desktop hard disk drives applications are resident on the actual hard disk PCB. These applications interact with the computer BIOS to ensure the operation of the hard disk is efficient and error free. Applications are written during manufacture and are specific to families of hard disk drives. Once the information is corrupt the drive will not function properly or not interact with the BIOS at all. The hard disk may:
Not be recognised correctly in the BIOS and computer hangs
Not be recognised at all in the BIOS
Run slowly making regular ticking noise at start up
Mechanical Failure:
All Hard Disks Drives have a recommended life span in terms of run hours and if in regular use will eventually fail as a result of a mechanical failure. The most common component to fail in a hard disk drive is the read/write heads. For a variety of reasons the heads fail to fly over the surface of the platters on an air bearing and will collide with the platters. The resulting collisions cause damage and failure of the head ceramic component with resulting poor definition magnetic patterning . The outcome is total failure or an accumulation of bad or corrupt data sectors . Bad or corrupt sectors will cause the computer to hang or run unacceptably slowly as the applications attempt to correct the errors.

Misuse or environmental damage:
Mains Power Surge
Overvoltage damage power cable misplaced.
Broken Pin or Pins/ Data Cable IDE SATA SCSI damage
Contaminated platters typically drink spillage of flood damage
Corruption of systems files FAT
Recycle Bin emptied or files were deleted in error.
Virus attack
Incorrectly Formatted Hard drives
Partitioning or boot-up sector problems
Forgotten or Lost Password removal from Hard Disk.
Please Note: Hard disks made by all manufacturers are subject to similar problems. Hitachi hard disks are no more prone to developing them than any other manufacturer’s hard disk.

Datlabs problem solving expertise and facilities offer you the best chance of recovering data from any type and manufacture of failed hard disk drives or storage media.

Hitachi Hard Disk Models:
Hitachi Deskstar, Hitachi Travelstar Desktop & Hitachi Laptop Notebook Hard disk drives Data Recovery
Deskstar HDS725050KLAT80 Deskstar HDS725050KLAT80
Deskstar HDT722525DLAT80 Deskstar HDT722525DLAT80
Deskstar HDS722516DLAT80 Deskstar HDS722516DLAT80
Deskstar HDS728080PLAT20 Deskstar HDS728080PLAT20
Deskstar HDS728080PLAT20 Deskstar HDS722516VLAT20
Deskstar HDS722580VLAT20 Deskstar IC35L120AVV207-0
Travelstar 2.5″inch Data Recovery include model:-
Travelstar HTS421210H9AT00 HTS421212H9AT00 HTS421240H9AT00 HTS421260H9AT00 HTS421280H9AT00
Travelstar IC25N010ATCX04 IC25N020ATCS04 IC25N030ATCS04 IC25N040ATCS04
Travelstar IC25N020ATCX05 IC25N040ATCX05
Travelstar HTS428030F9AT00 HTS428040F9AT00 HTS428060F9AT00 HTS428080F9AT00
Travelstar HTS541010G9AT00 HTS541020G9AT00 HTS541030G9AT00 HTS541040G9AT00 HTS541060G9AT00 HTS541080G9AT00
Travelstar HTS541210H9SA00 HTS541212H9SA00 HTS541260H9SA00 HTS541280H9SA00
Travelstar HTS548020M9AT00 HTS548030M9AT00 HTS548040M9AT00 HTS548060M9AT00 HTS548080M9AT00
Travelstar IC25T060ATCS05 HTS726060M9AT00
Travelstar HTS721010G9AT00 HTS721040G9AT00 HTS721060G9AT00 HTS721080G9AT00
Travelstar IC25N020ATMR04 IC25N030ATMR04 IC25N040ATMR04 IC25N060ATMR04 IC25N080ATMR04
Travelstar

Travelstar 1.8″inch Data Recovery include model:-
20GB HTC426020G5CE00 HTC426020G7CE00 HTC426020G7AT00 HTC424020F7AT00
30GB HTC426030G5CE00 HTC426030G7CE00 HTC426030G7AT00
40GB HTC424040F9AT00 HTC426040G8CE00 HTC426040G9AT00
60GB HTC426060G8CE00 HTC426060G9AT00


Samsung Hard Drive Failure – Data Recovery

Samsung are a growing force in the consumer products market. They manufacture Hard Disk Drives of exceptional performance, and high reliability however all hard drives are susceptible to failure after prolonged use or misuse: Typical problems are:

Firmware Problems:
On both laptop and desktop hard disk drives applications are resident on the actual hard disk PCB. These applications interact with the computer BIOS to ensure the operation of the hard disk is efficient and error free. Applications are written during manufacture and are specific to families of hard disk drives. Once the information is corrupt the drive will not function properly or not interact with the BIOS at all. The hard disk may:
Not be recognised correctly in the BIOS and computer hangs
Not be recognised at all in the BIOS
Run slowly making regular ticking noise at start up
Mechanical Failure:
All Hard Disks Drives have a recommended life span in terms of run hours and if in regular use will eventually fail as a result of a mechanical failure. The most common component to fail in a hard disk drive is the read/write heads. For a variety of reasons the heads fail to fly over the surface of the platters on an air bearing and will collide with the platters. The resulting collisions cause damage and failure of the head ceramic component with resulting poor definition magnetic patterning. The outcome is total failure or an accumulation of bad or corrupt data sectors. Bad or corrupt sectors will cause the computer to hang or run unacceptably slowly as the applications attempt to correct the errors.

Misuse or environmental damage:
Mains Power Surge
Over voltage damage power cable misplaced.
Broken Pin or Pins/ Data Cable IDE SATA SCSI damage
contaminated platters typically drink spillage of flood damage
Corruption of systems files FAT
Recycle Bin emptied or files were deleted in error.
Virus attack
incorrectly Formatted Hard drives
partitioning or boot-up sector problems
Forgotten or Lost Password removal from Hard Disk.

Please Note: Hard disks made by all manufacturers are subject to similar problems. Samsung hard disks are no more prone to developing them than any other manufacturer’s hard disk.


Fujitsu Hard Drive Failure – Data Recovery

There are apparent problems with the following Fujitsu desktop hard disk model numbers:

MPG3102AT, MPF3102AT, MPG3102AH and MPF3102AH (all 10Gb), MPG3204AT, MPF3204AT, MPG3204AH and MPG3204AT (all 20Gb), MPG3307AT, MPF3307AT, MPG3307AH and MPF3307AH (all 30Gb), MPG3409AT, MPF3409AT, MPG3409AH and MPF3409AH (all 40Gb).

Symptoms:
These Fujitsu drives will in many cases be working perfectly before then failing suddenly. They will not be recognised by the BIOS and sometimes the BIOS may identify them with nonsense information. You may see an error message telling you of a disk boot failure and also that your operating system can not be found.

Cause:
There are a variety of opinions as to the root cause of this failure. Fortunately, failed drives are often repairable.

Do Not: Attempt to swap the controller board on one of these faulty drives with one from a working drive. IT WILL NOT WORK. This is because the information held on the failed drive is unique to each drive. Changing the controller board may very well cause a mechanical failure and render your recoverable data unrecoverable.

What if I have one of these drives but the symptoms are different?:
This is quite possible. Even though these drives have an inherent fault they are still prone to all the other problems hard disks suffer from ie. mechnical failure, logical failure, bad sectors etc.

Symptoms:
As with laptop drives produced by other manufacturers, laptop hard disk drives are prone to all the usual types of hard drive failure.

We have noticed that a small percentage of Fujitsu laptop hard disk drives fail with the following unique symptoms:

The drive appears to be working perfectly, then without warning, it will fail. No mechanical noise indicating failure will be heard.
The drive will not be recognised by the BIOS and sometimes the BIOS may identify it with nonsense information.
You may see an error message telling you of a disk boot failure and also that your operating system can not be found.

Current Drives:
MHV family: eg. MHV2080BS, MHV2080AS, MHV2120AH, MHV2120BH SATA, MHV2160BT SATA

MHW family: eg. MHW2080AT, MHW2160BH SATA, MHW2160BJ SATA

MHX family: eg. MHX2300BT SATA
Discontinued Drives:

MHM family: MHM2060AT, MHM2100AT, MHM2150AT, MHM2200AT
MHN family: MHN2100AT, MHN2150AT, MHN2200AT, MHN2300AT
MHR family: MHR2010AT, MHR2020AT, MHR2030AT, MHR2040AT
MHS family: MHS2020AT, MHS2030AT, MHS2040AT, MHS2060AT
MHT family: MHT2020AT, MHT2030AT, MHT2040AT, MHT2060AT, MHT2040AH, MHT2060AH
MHU family: MHU2100AT


Toshiba Hard Drive Failure – Data Recovery

Toshiba Laptop hard drives are becoming ever more popular, due to their exceptional performance, generally high reliability and ever-decreasing cost. However like all hard drive manufacturers, Toshiba hard drives can fail due to hard drive’s disk assembly unit, motor unit, damage, electrical failure, or through corruption to the drive’s operation firmware code, as well as standard user and operating system errors.

Toshiba laptop products:
Satellite Notebook Series
Tecra Laptops Series
Portege Notebooks and Tablet PCs
Libretto Notebooks
Qosmio Multimedia Notebooks
All Toshiba Tablet PCs
Toshiba Handheld Computers
Common failure:
Laptops and their resident hard disk drives are susceptible to misuse mostly when in transit or due to operation in an unsatisfactory environment. When failure occurs the users notices:
Ticking noise due to corrupt servo track or read/write head failure.
Blank screen as the hard disk is not recognised.

Firmware Problems:
On both laptop and desktop hard disk drives applications are resident on the actual hard disk PCB. These applications interact with the computer BIOS to ensure the operation of the hard disk is efficient and error free. Applications are written during manufacture and are specific to families of hard disk drives. Once the information is corrupt the drive will not function properly or not interact with the BIOS at all. The hard disk may:

Not be recognised correctly in the BIOS and computer hangs
Not be recognised at all in the BIOS
Run slowly making regular ticking noise at start up
Mechanical Failure:
All Hard Disks Drives have a recommended life span in terms of run hours and if in regular use will eventually fail as a result of a mechanical failure. The most common component to fail in a hard disk drive is the read/write heads. For a variety of reasons the heads fail to fly over the surface of the platters on an air bearing and will collide with the platters. The resulting collisions cause damage and failure of the head ceramic component with resulting poor definition magnetic patterning. The outcome is total failure or an accumulation of bad or corrupt data sectors. Bad or corrupt sectors will cause the computer to hang or run unacceptably slowly as the applications attempt to correct the errors.

Misuse or environmental damage:
Mains Power Surge
Over voltage damage power cable misplaced.
Broken Pin or Pins/ Data Cable IDE SATA SCSI damage
Contaminated platters typically drink spillage of flood damage
Corruption of systems files FAT
Recycle Bin emptied or files were deleted in error.
Virus attack
incorrectly Formatted Hard drives
Partitioning or boot-up sector problems
Forgotten or Lost Password removal from Hard Disk.
Please Note: Hard disks made by all manufacturers are subject to similar problems. Toshiba hard disks are no more prone to developing them than any other manufacturer’s hard disk.


Maxtor Hard Drive Failure – Data Recovery

Maxtor Hard Disk Drives are fast, reliable, quiet and popular. They are now manufactured by Seagate but retain the brand Maxtor. Maxtor HDD’s are installed in Desktops and External USB and Firewire enclosures under the propriety name “OneTouch” or in OEM devices such as Lacie and Iomega. External enclosures contain single or dual hard disk drives, HDD’s, with typical storage capacities of 500Gbyte, ITB or greater.

Typical models installed include:
Maxtor DX541 (also known as 2B020H1)
Fireball 3, DiamondMax Plus 8
DiamondMax Plus 9
DiamondMax 10
MaxLine II
Maxtor hard disk failure symptoms:
Drive not recognised by the BIOS
Drive is “dead”
Visible components damaged on PCB
Firmware corruption:
This is the microcode that makes the drive function correctly. Sometimes it is prone to corruption which makes the drive (and data on it) inaccessible. Drives with firmware corruption will often have some of the following symptoms:
Not recognised correctly in the BIOS and computer hangs
Not be recognised at all in the BIOS
Runs slowly making regular ticking noise at start up
Mechanical Failure:
All Hard Disks Drives in regular use will fail as a result of a mechanical failure. The most common component to fail in a hard disk drive is the read/write heads. For a variety of reasons the heads fail to fly over the surface of the platters on an air bearing and will collide with the platters. The resulting collisions cause damage and failure of the head ceramic component with resulting poor definition magnetic patterning . The outcome is total failure or an accumulation of bad or corrupt data sectors . Bad or corrupt sectors will cause the computer to hang or run unacceptably slowly as the applications attempt to correct the errors.

Hard disks made by all manufacturer are subject to similar problems. Maxtor hard disks are no more prone to developing them than any other manufacturers hard disk.

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