Data Recovery from a Flood Damaged Laptop

Water and electronics don’t mix, and that’s even more so the case when it comes to hard drives that are storing your precious data.

We often deal with water damaged devices, mostly portable devices such as iPhones, but in one historic case we were faced with a laptop that had been on the ground floor of a property that had flooded after the local river had burst its banks. Luckily, the laptop was not powered up at the time, as this would have caused further complications.

It might sound counterproductive, but if you’re in this situation, don’t try and dry out the hard drive yourself; instead, take it straight to a professional data recovery specialist. All water contains contaminants, and this is especially true in the case of muddy river water. Any residue left of the hard drive’s platters can cause physical degradation and potentially render data recovery impossible. So against your intuition, keep the hard drive wet, ideally in some sort of sealed bag. Our data recovery team will then dry the platters correctly using the correct methods to ensure minimum damage and maximum chance of the data being recovered.

Thankfully, this is what the client did, and after removing the hard disk drive from the laptop, our data recovery technicians carefully dried out the platters. From here, using our extensive library of parts, the drive was reassembled and the disks spun at a much slower revolution, enabling the raw data to be imaged. The recovered data was then returned to the client on a blank external hard drive.

Our team of data recovery technicians have decades of experience between them, and the latest tools at their disposal. If you’ve got a device such as a laptop or smartphone that has suffered from water damage and want to get your data back, get in touch with Data Recovery Specialists and we’ll do our utmost best to help you. We offer a free diagnostic service, so if we can’t get your data back, you won’t pay a penny.

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