What is Hard Disk Data Recovery

The process of recovering lost files from a damaged Hard Disk Drive is known as Hard Disk Data Recovery. When our technician receives the hard disk from the customer, the process begins.

They then conduct tests to determine the type of damage that has occurred. If the hard disk was formatted, the technician will need to recover the partition table first. After recovering the partition table, the technician can proceed to recover any individual file.

With CBL Singapore, the Hard Disk Data Recovery procedure is usually done within one week.

Some important steps to retrieve your data

Step 1 – Stop Using the Drive

Stop using the damaged hard disk drive as soon as possible. This is the first and most important step toward hard disk data recovery. It may become more difficult to recover data if the drive is used further. Shut down the computer right away if you notice any odd sounds coming from the drive or if it starts to display error messages.

Step 2 – Assess the Damage

Once the drive has been stopped, evaluate the damage to decide what to do next. Data recovery software could be able to recover your files if the drive is not physically damaged and the data loss was caused by software or system issues. You will require expert data recovery services if the drive is physically destroyed, though. CBL has expert technicians in hard disk data recovery. We are using advanced software tools and techniques to retrieve lost data from the corrupted or damaged hard disk drive.

Step 3 – Try Hard Disk Data Recovery Software

There are numerous software programs both free versions and paid versions available on the market for recovering deleted or lost files from a hard disk drive. These tools, however, are only useful if the drive has not undergone any physical damage. Recuva, Disk Drill, and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard are a few popular hard disk data recovery software tools.

Step 4 – Contact CBL Data Recovery Professional

It’s time to get in touch with a reputable data recovery service provider if your hard drive is physically damaged and the data recovery software is unable to recover your contents. Our CBL data recovery experts can recover data from even the most seriously damaged hard disk drives using specific tools and techniques.

Step 5 – Restore the Data

After recovering process is done, it is always advisable to take preventive measures to avoid data loss in the future. It is better to do necessary data backups using a cloud-based data storage system or other external hard disk drives. Also, routine backup is essential to avoid data loss. Always advisable to do routine checks for malware or virus attacks to protect your computer or PC, you also need to spend money on top-notch antivirus software and update the antivirus whenever the new updates are available.

Hard Disk Drives; The Pros & Cons

Hard Disk Drives (HDD)

A hard disk drive is a mechanical device used for storing digital information. Hard disk drives come in different sizes, from small desktop models to large server units. They store data magnetically on platters coated with ferromagnetic material. The platter spins at high speed while read/write heads hover above the surface. Data is stored in concentric tracks. Each track has a unique address called cylinder, head, and sector. A single platter may contain several hundred cylinders, each containing hundreds of sectors.

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Hard disk drives are now widely used in many computing platforms including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, servers, embedded systems, video game consoles, portable media players, and car navigation systems.

The Pros of HDD

  • High Capacity: HDDs are very reliable and can hold a lot of data.
  • Low Cost per GB: HDDs are cheap compared to solid state drives (SSD).
  • Easy to Use: HDDs are easy to install and operate.
  • Reliability: Recovering data on HDDs is easier than SSDs.

The Cons of HDD

  • Higher power consumption: HDDs consume more energy than SSDs.
  • Noisy: Relies on moving parts.
  • Slower: Read & write speeds are slower than SSD
  • Limited Life Span: HDD do not last as long as SSD

Common Causes of Hard Disk Data Failure

Many things can cause Hard Disk Data Failure depending on the type of damage and how extensive the damage is to the storage media.

Mostly there are two types of hard drive failures. One is logical and the other is physical. Logical failures occur when there is an issue with the file system, software, or data saved on the device. Virus or malware infections, corrupted files, or accidental deletion of important data are common causes of logical errors. Logical failures can typically be repaired using data recovery software or by restoring the drive’s backup.

On the other hand, physical failures happen when the hard drive’s physical parts, including the read/write heads, platters, or motor, are damaged. Physical failures, which can be brought on by things like impact damage, exposure to extreme temperatures, or power surges, are typically more severe. Physical failures are typically repaired only by expert data recovery services.

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The recovery process is different and might require a combination of various data recovery methods to provide Hard Disk Data Recovery. Let’s look at the different types of damage that can happen to an HDD in its lifespan :

Types of Damage Description
Physical Damage This includes physical damage such as scratches or dents, which can cause the platters inside the hard disk to become unbalanced.
Media Corruption A deadhead is a part of the hard disk that does not work anymore.
Corrosion Corrosion occurs when the platters inside the drive have been exposed to moisture, causing them to warp and eventually break apart.
Power Outage If the power supply fails, it can cause the platters to spin too fast and create friction between the platters and the spindle motor.
Virus Infections Viruses can corrupt the operating system of the computer, preventing the hard disk from reading and writing properly.
Hardware Malfunction If there is a hardware malfunction, the hard disk could be unable to communicate with the computer.
Software Malfunction If the software malfunctions, the hard disk could stop working altogether.
Bad Sector A bad sector is an area of the disk that has failed. It usually happens due to a head crash or a mechanical failure in the hard disk.
Firmware Error Firmware error means that the firmware of the hard disk is corrupted.
Read Errors Read errors occur when data cannot be read correctly by the hard disk.
Bad Blocks Bad blocks are areas of the disk that are damaged beyond repair. These areas are called bad because they cannot be used for storing information.
PCB Failure The printed circuit board (PCB) is the main component of the hard disk. If the PCB becomes defective, then the entire hard disk becomes unusable.
Fire Damage Fire damages the PCB and causes the hard disk to fail.
Water Damage Water damages the PCB and causes it to fail.
Corrupt File System When a file system gets corrupted, it makes the hard disk inaccessible.
Head Crash This happens when the read-write head crashes into the platter, causing permanent damage to the platters.
Dead Head A torn head is part of a hard disk that has been damaged.
Torn Head A torn head is a part of a hard disk that has been damaged.
Scratched Scratches are small marks left behind after a hard disk falls off its stand.
Stuck Motor A stuck motor is a problem with the spindle motor. It prevents the platters from spinning at the correct speed.
Fire Damage A fire damages the PCB and causes a hard disk to fail.
Water Damage If water enters the hard disk, it can corrode the components inside.
Causes of Hard Disk Drive Failure

If you have experienced any of these problems, it is best to seek professional help for Hard Disk Data Recovery. We recommend you contact us, CBL Singapore if you are experiencing any of these issues.

Before Attempting External Hard Disk Data Recovery

CAUTION: If you use the incorrect tool/software to recover data from your hard disk, you run the risk of making your current problem even more severe and destroying any possibility of salvaging your data.

Before you download the first data recovery tool you come across, take a moment and let us explain some of the most common causes of Hard Disk Drive Data Failure.

Steps to Repair a Hard Drive

There are a few measures you may do to try to repair your hard disk if you think it may be failing.

  • Backup Your Data – It is essential to back up your data before initiating any repair process. This will guarantee that, even if the repair process goes wrong, you won’t lose any important documents or information. Your data can be backed up to a USB flash drive, an external hard drive, or cloud storage.
  • Check the Connections – If your hard disk isn’t working properly, the first thing to check is the connections. Check that the cables connecting the hard drive to the motherboard or power supply are firmly connected. The issue might have been caused by loose or broken connections.
  • Run Diagnostic Tools – Most hard drive manufacturers provide diagnostic tools to assist you in identifying and correcting problems with your hard disk. These tools can scan the drive for faults, damaged sectors, and other problems. Diagnostic tools can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website and run on your computer.
  • Repair Logical Failures – If your hard disk is having logical failures, there are numerous software programs available to assist you in resolving the issue. Software for data recovery is available to search your drive and locate missing or damaged files.
  • Seek Professional Help – If you’ve tried everything above and your hard drive still isn’t working, it’s time to seek professional assistance. CBL specialists in data recovery have the knowledge and equipment necessary to fix physical problems, such as repairing broken parts or extracting data from a damaged drive.

Wide Range of Hard Disk Drive Data Recovery Services

Hard Disk Repair: Our technicians can solve all types of hard drive failures whether it is a logical error or any physical damage with the hard drives, and also repair all the latest brands of hard drives.

Hard Disk Replacement: Once we find out the critical or complex issues with the hard drives or if the hard drive is physically fully damaged or broken if there is no option to repair them further and only if it is necessary to replace the hard drive means we will replace the broken or failed hard drives with the new ones.

Hard Disk Data Recovery: We recover deleted files, photos, music, videos, documents, etc. from failed or corrupted hard drives. A hard disk’s condition is assessed at the beginning of the hard disk data recovery procedure. Then we evaluate the damage’s severity and offer a free estimate for the data recovery service. The hard disk data recovery process starts after the client accepts the quote. As they retrieve the deleted data, our team updates the client on their progress throughout the process.

Hard Disk Formatting: After a thorough check with the hard drives, if we found the hard drive is corrupted or came with any other issues like malware or virus attacks then we format the hard drives for customers who want to erase their existing data.

Hard Disk Upgrade: Upgrading your hard drive is a vital step in protecting your data from loss. Hard drives have a limited lifespan. Hard drives are increasingly prone to failure as they get older. It might be terrible if all of your data is lost due to a faulty hard drive. The possibility of such failures can be significantly reduced by upgrading to a newer, more dependable hard drive. We upgrade old hard drives to newer models.

Your computer’s performance can also be enhanced by upgrading your hard drive. Hard drives that are older are less efficient and slower. This may cause the system to perform worse overall, take longer to boot up, and run applications. Your computer’s performance can be accelerated and made faster by upgrading the hard disk in your computer.

Hard Disk Installation: We provide installation services for new hard drives.

Hardware Diagnosis: We diagnose hardware faults.

Hard Disk Rebuild: We rebuild hard drives by replacing parts.

Hard Disk Testing: We test hard drives before they are installed into computers.

Hard Disk Troubleshooting: We troubleshoot hard drives.

Hard Disk Cleanup: We clean up hard drives to remove unwanted files such as temporary internet files, cookies, cache, etc.

Hard Drive Cloning: We clone hard drives to create copies of them.

Hard Disk Migration: We migrate hard drives between computers.

Hard Disk Data Backup: We back up hard drives to protect against accidental deletion or corruption.

File Transfer: We transfer files between computers and the storage media using USB flash drives.

Virus Removal: We remove viruses from computer systems.

Software Upgrades: We install software upgrades on computers.

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Advice for Improving the Success Rate of Hard Disk Data Recovery

Although it is possible to recover some data from your hard disk drive using free software, it is not always possible. You can improve your hard disk data recovery success rate even further by following our simple tips below:

Don’t delay the recovery process:  Initiating the hard disk data recovery process as soon as you detected a fault with your HDD is the best way of improving your odds of retrieving your corrupted or lost files.

Do your research: Some hard disk data recovery software only supports a few file formats, whereas others can recover almost any file and, in some cases, even repair corrupted files. Before you begin the hard disk drive recovery process, conduct extensive research for the best application.

Minimize the risk of overwriting: Permanently deleted files can only be recovered if they are physically present on the hard disk. They can no longer be recovered once they have been overwritten. As a result, you should do everything possible to reduce the risk of overwriting, such as unplugging the hard disk until you’re ready to start the hard disk recovery process.

Use the right tools: The most effective way of recovering data from a damaged hard disk drive is to use the right hard disk data recovery tool for the job. If you don’t know which tool will work best for your situation, then we recommend that you contact us for advice.

These three simple tips can be the difference between partial data recovery and complete data recovery. Of course, the best way to ensure 100% successful hard disk data recovery is to back up all important files regularly and keep the backups someplace safe. That way, you’ll be able to recover your data even after experiencing a total hard drive failure.

Contact Us or Call Us. CBL Data Recovery is always happy to help you with your Hard Disk Data Recovery request.

Global Provider of Hard Disk Data Recovery Services

As a leading global provider of Hard Disk Data Recovery Services, the team at CBL Data Recovery has extensive experience recovering data from all kinds of hard disk drive data recovery, including the ones in desktops, laptops, RAID Servers, external hard disks, USB flash drives, memory cards, and mobile devices.

Expert Technicians Ready To Assist You

We are experienced at extracting data from seemingly lost drives and securely recovering lost files. With our expertise and experience, we can recover your important documents and photos.

Authorized by World Leading Technology Manufacturers

CBL Data Recovery Singapore is authorized by world-leading manufacturers to work on your sealed HDD and provide Hard Disk Data Recovery without voiding the original warranty. We have close working relationships with all of the major manufacturers, and by doing so, we can combine our knowledge of HDD Data Recovery technology with their experience in manufacturing.

Internal Research & Development (R&D)

As a result of working with manufacturers and also intensively on our internal Research and Development (R&D), we can develop solutions for the latest technological advances in Hard Disk Drives and also expand our Hard Disk Data Recovery Services to cater to any of your Hard Disk Data Recovery issues. Inclusive of the latest models and versions of HDD that get released by top manufacturers.

Hard Disk Data Recovery Service Coverage

From personal Hard Disk Drives to enterprise-class array storage devices. Our highly trained technicians are outfitted with the most up-to-date tools and techniques to ensure that we provide quality service every time.

Looking for a Reliable Hard Disk Data Recovery Company?

CBL Data Recovery Singapore is available to assist you! In our 20+ years of experience, our team has seen almost every scenario involving Hard Disk Data Recovery, lost data, physically broken HDDS, water-damaged HDD units, malware-infected HDD, and almost every other possible issue that can occur with a Hard Disk Drive. Our team of experts will also work closely with you to ensure that all your personal information is kept secure. We will provide regular updates throughout the process so you know what is happening every step of the way.


All leading manufacturers authorize CBL Singapore to open sealed drive mechanisms without voiding the original warranty. Our data recovery allows you to receive an in-warranty drive replacement from the manufacturer.

It typically takes 4 to 6 hours from the time your hard disk drive is received to the time we receive it. During this time, our technicians will diagnose the problems, obtain your approval to proceed with the data recovery, and then you can come to collect your data.

In the case of emergencies, please call us directly.

Your data will be returned to you on your preferred medium. DVD-ROMs are typically used, but external hard disk drives are also available when needed. Our Hard Disk Data Recovery team can also send your data to you via FTP. This enables you to safely download your recovered data from the comfort of your own home.

Yes, you can send your Hard Disk Drive or any other storage media to one of our hard disk data recovery facilities in Singapore. Here are a few tips to ensure the safety of your hard disk drive during the shipping process.

  • Wrap the media in an anti-static material. This prevents static electricity from building up on your storage media during the transport process.
  • Pack the media in a box twice the size of the storage media, and use foam or bubble wrap to ensure the storage media does not shake or move around in the package during the shipment.

CBL Singapore has data recovery facilities that are strategically located in Singapore so that you can have close access to our expertise. We also have several first responder centers. Please ship directly or use the authorized partner locations closest to you

We have been providing reliable and professional Hard Disk Data Recovery services since 1992. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we have developed a reputation as a leading provider of Hard Disk Data Recovery Services. We offer fast turnaround times, affordable pricing, and exceptional customer service.

Step 1: Free Data Recovery Service Evaluation with Written Quote

Step 2: Data Recovery Is Performed According To Evaluation Findings and Client Approval

Step 3: Data Is Recovered and Placed In Quality Control for Authentication

Step 4: Recovered Data Is Packaged and Returned With Proper Loading Instructions

Timeframe: Estimated within 4-6 Hours from the time your hard disk is received.
Standard Recovery Services: 3-7 Business Days
Rush and Emergency Services: 24-72 Hours
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“CBL Is Among the Most Trusted & Respected Names in Hard Disk Data Recovery”

Fast, Secure & Confidential Data Recovery Services

CBL Singapore’s standard service can have your data ready for return three to five working days after our receipt of your hard disk or other media. Our emergency services option is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Under this option, CBL technicians are dedicated to your project until a successful conclusion, usually within 48 hours.

No Hidden Fees

Every single one of CBL Singapore’s customers receives a written quotation from the company. Estimate, assessment, and attempt fees are not anything that CBL will charge for.

No Data, No Charge Data Recovery Guarantee

Since 1993, our “No Data, No Charge” policy has been a cornerstone of our business. CBL is THE policy that governs all of our recovery projects. There will be no charges if our technicians are unable to salvage information from your data storage media.

90% Data Recovery Success Rate

CBL Singapore has earned the respect of not only our customers but also the data recovery community, due to our high success rate in recovering data. As a result, CBL has succeeded whereas others have failed in recovering data. Our success is built on over 20 years of data recovery experience on all storage media. We have developed in-house software and hardware technology, as well as training programs, to ensure that our specialists have the right tools to complete the job successfully. In summary, we have the best equipment and staff in the industry.