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Hard Drive Data Recovery

For nearly twenty years, Data Savers has provided hard drive data recovery services to our community of Atlanta, Georgia. We know that experiencing data loss is hard.

So Data Savers Makes Hard Drive Data Recovery Easy

Hard drive data recovery is a complex and delicate procedure. After honing our craft for nearly twenty years, Data Savers’ engineers are your best chance for successful hard drive data recovery.


We wanted to create a business that positively contributes to our local community, while also providing our employees with a comfortable living. With this mission in mind, Data Savers opened our data recovery laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia. Our experienced data recovery engineers provide a number of hard drive data recovery services including: (HDD) hard disk drive and (SSD) solid state drive recovery for both internal and external hard drives.

What is Hard Drive Data Recovery?

At the most basic level, hard drive data recovery is a very simple business. Clients give Data Savers hard drives that have failed, and Data Savers (almost always) gives our clients back the data they may have felt was gone forever. For example, we have had a number of cases where hard drive failure resulted in the loss of precious photos of deceased loved ones. It is truly a privilege to recover data like this for our clients.

Data Savers provides an exceptional hard drive data recovery service. We do this through a combination of specialized hardware, custom data recovery software, and decades of hands on experience handling delicate precision machinery.

Canadian social scientist, author, and public speaker Malcolm Gladwell, proposed that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to cross the metaphorical threshold from enthusiast to expert. By this measure, every Data Savers engineer is a Gladwell-certified data recovery expert.

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What Causes Hard Drives to Fail?

Hard drives can fail for a number of reasons. There are certainly fringe cases (like when one of our clients managed to drop their desktop computer in a lake), but the hard drive data recovery experts at Data Savers have identified some of the most common scenarios that have caused hard drive data loss.

This may seem like common sense, but being conscious of some of the more common causes for hard drive failure is one of the best ways to prepare as an individual or organization for unforeseen data loss. The next section will explore hard drive data loss risk factors in greater detail.

Worn Out Internal Components


One of the most common causes of hard drive data loss stems from a mechanical failure due to a hard drive having reached it’s natural shelf life. Even if you are a paragon of hard drive safety, and the device has never left your desk, internal hard drive components don’t last forever.

The Data Savers team feels you can never be too careful, and this is just one example of why it’s always a good idea to have a backup backup.

Hard Drive Head Stack Issues


Dropping an external hard disk drive (HDD) or a laptop that contains an internal hard disk drive can render the device useless (without assistance from a professional data recovery laboratory).

This is because dropping a hard drive can lead to a head crash, a destructive phenomenon where the pointy end(s) of the head stack (see image) cause serious damage to your hard drive platters.

Power Surges


Another common cause of major computer problems is power surges. Lightning strikes, tripped circuit breakers, short circuits, and power outages can all lead to a voltage spike that can be fatal to electronics.

Reach out to the data recovery professionals at Data Savers if your hard drive is unresponsive after a suspected power surge.

Different Types of Hard Drives

As a general rule, solid state drives are superior to hard disk drives. SSDs are faster, more durable, and only marginally more expensive than HDDs. That said, the cost of producing flash-based solid state drives was historically a significant impedance to their adoption. The jury is still out on whether Western Digital’s enormous capital expenditure into sealed, helium filled hard drives will disrupt HDDs and SSDs.

The Cost of Solid State Drives

In 1991, one gigabyte of solid-state flash memory cost $50,000 USD.

In 2020, one gigabyte of solid-state flash memory cost $0.10 USD.

Breakthrough technological progress is truly a marvel of the modern world. It is absolutely amazing that the cost of producing solid state hard drives decreased by roughly 500,000% over the last 30 years.

Types of Hard Drives

Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

Hard disk drives were first introduced by IBM in 1956. While the idea behind hard disk drives was revolutionary, the original implementation(s) were far from perfect. It wasn’t until the ’90s that hard disk drives started displacing floppy disks as the preferred data storage medium.

Solid State Drive (SSD)

In 1980, Toshiba invented the world’s first flash based solid state drive. The advantages of flash memory were apparent immediately, but unfortunately the significantly higher cost of producing SSD technology made widespread production and distribution unfeasible for decades.

Over the last 30 years, SSD manufacturers dramatically reduced the cost of producing flash based solid state memory. As SSDs were already a superior technology, the informed consumer now has an easy decision the next time they pick out a hard drive for their desktop or laptop.

What is a Helium-Filled Hard Drive?

An interesting alternative hard drive build is Western Digital’s high-capacity helium-filled drive. Western Digital’s sealed helium hard drives offer superior performance to similar hard drives that are filled with air. This is due to the density of helium being 1/7th the density of air. The technical advantage in this scenario is that wind-resistance and turbulence play less of a role when the atmosphere is made up of the second lightest element in the universe.

Helium drives are in a similar situation to solid state drives 20 years ago. The technology is clearly superior, but due to costly and complex manufacturing practices, helium drives are still prohibitively expensive for many consumers.

We’re curious how our clients feel about the future of helium drives, share your thoughts on Facebook or LinkedIn along with the #dataSavers hashtag.

Hard Drive Data Recovery Conclusion

Data Savers is proud to provide expert data recovery services for our friends, neighbors, and clients in Atlanta, Georgia. The Data Savers team is always happy to discuss data recovery techniques, common forms of data loss, and best practices for protecting your data in the future. Data Savers will proudly continue restoring treasured memories for our clients in Atlanta for years to come.

I was very thankful that they provided a fair price up front! No hidden fees! These guys know what they're doing. Super thankful for them!

~ Marin G. on Google

After working with two other companies who could not recover the wedding videos, we took the drive to Data Savers. Our wedding videos were recovered. They are true professionals and worth every penny!

~ Elizabeth H. on Yelp

The team at Data Savers were level headed and provided reasonable flat rate options. They quickly diagnosed the problem, recovered the data, and had me back to normal in short order.

~ Mark J. on Google

Data Savers' No Risk Steps

Send In Your Drive

Ship* us your drive, our technicians will examine it for FREE and provide you with a flate rate (no hidden costs) estimate. (*FREE UPS Ground shipping in continental U.S. too!)

You can start by clicking Submit Drive.

We can also email you a quick estimate with our Request Pricing option.

We Go To Work

After your receive your estimate, with your approval our experts will get to work on recovering your data. Our drive repair and recovery techniques have been developed over many years to get the highest success rate possible.

With our No Data - No Charge policy we will not charge you if no data can be retrieved.

Get Your Data Back!

We will transfer your recovered data to a new external drive, ship* it back to you and let you get back in business! (*Free UPS Ground return in continental U.S.)

We do keep a copy or image of your data for ten days to ensure that you receive it successfully. After that your data is securely erased.