Hard Drive Data Recovery Edinburgh

Hard Drive Data Recovery at JT Data Recovery PC and Mac.  We received this HGST Hard Drive this morning.  Another company had looked at the drive but either couldn’t get the user data or quoted to much for the Apple data recovery.  This is what we found.  When the drive which is from an Apple Mac book was running the Mac book would fail to boot.

First we connected the drive to the DDI hard drive recovery machine.  This is designed to get good data off a failing hard drive.  First we see if the drive is being detected on the DDI machine.  It is, listed as an Apple HGST drive.  This is good and confirms the drive is from an Apple Mac book.

Hard Drive Data Recovery

Apple Mac Data Recovery

We then select the hard drive manufacturer brand.  This starts the Mac Data recovery.

Apple Mac Data recovery

Starting to build a head map of the Apple Hard Drive for Data Recovery.

Apple Data recovery

After this we start the image of the hard drive.  Ie copy it sector for sector.

MAcbook data recovery

In hard drive data recovery, green is good.  Yellow is not so good and red is really bad.  That’s all we need to know.  The top right hand corner tells us how many blocks have not been read.  At the bottom left we have 1 Master Boot Record, H2 is the head that’s been read at the moment.  LBA and the percentage lets us know roughly how far through the process we are.  Pass 1 is just the start.  If the drive is really bad the machine has a map of what data has been read and what hasn’t.  On the 2nd pass on wards the machine gets more aggressive in trying to get the data.

We shall wait the 2 hours the DDI machine is suggesting and see if we get a full recovery of the hard drive.

Success, 19% and 20 minutes to go.

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If you have a hard drive problem then get in touch.  Fixed price hard drive data recovery.  Free Evaluation and a fixed cost data recovery service in Edinburgh.

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USB Stick Data Recovery – USB Pen Data Recovery – Edinburgh

USB Stick Data Recovery

Our Specialist USB stick/pen data recovery service in Edinburgh is designed to offer professional data recovery at reasonable cost.  At JT Data Recovery we are USB stick data recovery specialists base in Leith, Edinburgh.  We aim to get your data back for you asap.  We have invested heavily in the latest technology to allow us to offer industry leading data recovery services.  Be it Hard Drive, SSD, SD card, Micro SD card or USB flash media we can help.

If your USB stick or USB storage pen is not being detected or is prompting to be formatted then please call us for advice first.  Our USB pen data recovery service covers any make and model of USB pen.  From not being detected once connected or prompting to format the USB stick.  We can also repair physical damage should the USB stick have been dropped, broken or damage in some other way.

Specialist USB Data Recovery

USB Pen Data Recovery

At JT Data Recovery our services are provided as a fixed cost service.  Once we have the media to be recovered we offer the customer a fixed price for data recovery.  The customer then decides if they would like to go ahead.  If the customer decide to go ahead then the customer pays the fixed price quoted, only if the recovery is successful.  We operate a strict no data no fee policy.  If this doesn’t apply to your data recovery case then you will be informed at the evaluation stage of the process.

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Call us today for professional data recovery services and above all free advice.  Seeking professional advice can save time and money in the long run.  Don’t take chances if you really need your data recovered.  We are available on 0131 235 2486 or live chat with us on our website

USB Data Recovery Edinburgh

USB Data Recovery Edinburgh, Nand Data Recovery, SSD Data Recovery.  At JT Data Recovery we are specialist in Data Recovery in Edinburgh.  Data Recovery from the following media.

Internal and external hard drive Data Recovery.

USB Portable Hard Drive Data Recovery.

SSD Data Recovery,  M2 SSD’s and Apple Mac SSD Data Recovery.

SD Card and Compact Flash media Data Recovery in mobile phones and tablets.

At JT Data Recovery In Edinburgh  we have advanced hardware, software, training offering full Data Recovery Services in Edinburgh.  From a clicking or dead hard drive to Data Recovery from an Apple Iphone or tablet.  Yes we can recover your precious holiday photos.

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Nand Data Recovery Edinburgh.

Our specialist Nand Data Recovery service.  This gives us the ability to removed faulty storage chips from SSD’s, mobile phones and tablets.  We can then read data directly from the data chips.  This is commonly known as Nand Data Recovery and is about as advanced as it gets.   If our hardware/software solutions cant get your data back then the last option would be the Nand Data Recovery.

Nand Data Recovery Edinburgh

SSD Data Recovery

SSD Data Recovery Edinburgh

As always at JT Data Recovery we offer a free initial valuation with any recovery case.  This lets us get an idea of the failure and the cost to get your data back.  The customer only pays us on recovery of the data.  Strictly no data no fee.

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Choose our trusted services for Hard Drive, SSD, SD Card, Phone and Tablet Data Recovery in Edinburgh.  We are truly independent offering free evaluation, fixed cost data recovery with a strict no data no fee policy.




 Data Recovery Edinburgh – Seagate Data Recovery Edinburgh – JT Data Recovery

This drive was posted to us after the customer started to format the drive by mistake.   Although he did say he stopped the format after about 30 seconds when he realised his mistake.  This is fairly common, customer manage to format a drive or manage to delete various files from a hard drive.  Some or all of the data can be saved.  This depends on if the drive was used after the formatting or the deletion took place.  At JT Data Recovery we are well equipped to deal with any Seagate Hard Drive Data Recovery case as well as any other hard drive problem.

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Here’s the drive.  We connected the drive to our imager to make a copy of the hard drive before using R Studio software to extract whatever data we could find.

Seagate Expansion Drive

Deepsapr Imager Display

As you can see in the picture this wasn’t just a format mistake.  We have bad sectors (granted not a lot) but an indication that failure of the drive is just around the corner.   This drive should copy at around 80000kbs, its only reaching 56223kbs.

DDI 4 Imager Screen

Seagate Data Recovery Edinburgh – Seagate Hard Drive Data Recovery

Only 2 hours to go until the imaging is finished.  We can then work from the copy of the customers drive just in case anything goes wrong.   At the moment we are extracting the customer data using R Studio and will update a file list when complete.

At JT Data Recovery we are data recovery specialists.  We can recover data from any make and model of hard drive or ssd drive.

Contact us for a free fixed price data recovery quote in the Edinburgh and Lothian’s area on 0131 235 2468.  We offer a free evaluation for Seagate Hard Drive Data Recovery.


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Hard drive removed from HP laptop.  The laptop would take about 5 to 10 minutes to load to the desktop.  The customer knew something was wrong.  On further investigation we found that head 1 of the drive was running at half the speed it should have been.  You can find this fault on any make of laptop hard drive.  The laptop may have been running hot for a period of time.

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The Seagate Barracuda 1TB Slim hard Drive, ST1000lM048.  Must admit I am beginning to hate any drive made by Seagate.

Seagate Barracuda St1000lm048 hard drive

Hard Drive Recovery Service Edinburgh

Above you can see the reported head speeds in mbs.  Head 0 and Head 1 should be running around the 88mbs.  As you can see head 0 looks ok but head 1 is causing problems.  We are imaging the drive using Deepspar DDI 4.  DDI 4 reads all the good data on the first pass.  On the 2nd,3rd and 4th it tries to get the unreadable data.  Later on the imager will go back and try to read the unreadable data again.


Seagate Barracuda Data Recovery

Edinburgh Data Recovery

Around 51 minutes to go and we will have a 100% Recovery for our client.  The customer can check the data as well,  just to make sure all is good.

Data Recovery Services Edinburgh

At JT Data Recovery, we are Data Recovery Specialists.  Please visit our FAQ’s for more info on the services we provide in the Edinburgh and Lothians’s.

If you have a Seagate hard drive isssue, then please call first.  A quick chat on the phone or an email can save time and money in the long run.

The rules of data recovery are:

cause no further damage and maximise the chances of getting good data.

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Friday10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Saturday12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Edinburgh EH7 5NW
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Phone: 0131 235 2486



Western Digital Data Recovery Edinburgh – WD Data Recovery Edinburgh – WD hard drive recovery Edinburgh

This is a slow responding Western Digital WD20NMVW portable  2.5″ USB 3 Hard Drive dropped in by a customer for Data Recovery.  The drive powers on but has the usual hard drive activity light flashing slowly.  This is common on these Western Digital Drives, especially WD Passport’s, and WD My book’s.  This drive either has a circuit PCB problem or needs a head swap.

Western Digital Data Recovery Edinburgh

Western Digital USB 3 Data Recovery.

WD hard drive recovery

WD Data Recovery Edinburgh

Pictured above you can see the process of converting the drive from a USB 3 drive to a Sata drive.  This gives greater control of the hard drive during the recovery process.

To do this we simply take off the USB circuit board and replace this with the correct Sata circuit board, to make the drive work and ID correctly on our data recovery machine, we need to use PC 3000 to read the data from the USB board and write this to the Sata board.  Next we create a head maps with PC 3000.  This lets us get past the security encryption built into the portable drive.

Once completed we managed to extract the user data from the drive at a much faster speed and take care of the drive encryption on the fly as the drive copied onto a new drive for the customer.

Always remember most Western Digital USB hard drives have Smart-ware encryption.  Should anything happen to the external drive case or the PCB its connected to then you may have a problem getting the data back.

Any specialist data recovery company should be able to handle this for you.  The industry standard Deepspar DDI 4 and PC 3000 data recovery machines which are constantly updated as new drives are released.

JT Data Recovery – well equipped to deal with any data recovery loss in the Edinburgh and Lothian’s area.

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 WD Passport Data Recovery – WD My Book & My Cloud Data Recovery in Edinburgh

WD Passport Data Recovery

This is a WD Passport portable hard drive in for data recovery.   The customer was complaining that the drive when powered on just did nothing.  The drive would spin up as expected but the hard drive access light would just flash every few seconds.   We had no access to the data stored on the hard drive.  In this case we have two options.

1. Connect the drive to our DDi 4 data imager and try to get a copy of the drive.  This is the cheapest option but not the fastest one as the imager does allow connection of drives by USB With faulty Western Digital Drives the access speed can be very slow.

2. Obtain the correct circuit board that would match this drive and replace the USB Circuit board with a Sata version.   From there we would transfer the Rom chip from the faulty drive to the replacement circuit board and have access to the drive by a Sata connection. This is faster and gives us greater scope for managing the data recovery process.  This would be the more expensive option.

With option 2 we would also need to image the drive using PC 3000 as this has the ability to unencrypt encrypted Western Digital Hard drives on the fly whilst imaging.


WD Passport Data Recovery

Western Digital Data Recovery in Edinburgh

As you can see half way through the image process we have over a million blocks of data still to be read.  We took the chance that the drive had a lot of free space so if blocks could not be read then hopefully these blocks would apply to parts of the drive that had no data on it anyway.

WD 5000 hard drive imaging

Fourth and final pass of the imager.   You can see how slow the imaging with Head 0, 1, 2 and 3 running at anything from 5mbs to 1mbs.  On a good drive this would normally be around 88mbs.  The unread blocks came to 179000 ish which on reviewing the data it was all good.  The cheaper and longer option worked for us and the customer.  Another WD Passport, another data recovery completed.

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Seagate Data Recovery Specialist

Seagate Data Recovery in Edinburgh. This drive was handed in by an employee of a University after their IT department couldn’t get any data from the drive.  The drive hadn’t had an impact.   It showed no signs that failure was just around the corner.  At JT we are a Seagate Data Recovery Specialists.  The concern was if the window of opportunity may have been missed.  If a hard drive has a hardware issue then running the drive on software to extract data usually ends in disaster.

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After the evaluation process we managed to get access to the drive.  But even on the specialist imaging machine we still had a hell of a lot of data not being read correctly.  Fortunately his drive is a DM2 and not the dreaded Seagate DM1.  The DM1 has a very high failure rate and can be expensive to recover the data from.  Donor drives can be expensive because even the good ones fail earlier than expected.

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seagte hard drive recovery

Still have over 500000 blocks to be read after the first imaging pass.  This sounds really bad but we have had over a million on a few drives.

Hard Drive Seagate data recovery

By the time we get to the 4th pass of the drive you can see the unread blocks,(top right hand corner of the pic is 0), 100 % recovered. One Seagate Barracuda ST500WM3 recovered in full.  Seagate Data Recovery Specialist in Edinburgh.

At JT Data Recovery we offer a free fixed price data recovery quote from our office based in Leith in Edinburgh.  The customer knows how much recovery will cost before we commence any work.  The quoted price will not change.  If we cant recovery your data then we don’t charge a penny.  Guaranteed, no catches and no small print.

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Western Digital Data Recovery

Western Digital Data Recovery from a dropped 3.5″ hard drive, we expected to have to change some internal components.  We tried the drive first on the Deepspar Imager and didn’t expect to get any valuable data without spending money on some Western Digital donor parts to repair.  Oh how wrong we were.

Western Digital Data Recovery

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This is the picture from the DDI during the hard drive data recovery process, as you can see the white squares is where the imager has detected the area cant be read and skips to the next block.  This process can take a few hours to a few days depending on the hard drive problem.  Western digital drives are know for a slow responding issue.

Western Digital Hard Imaging on Deepar DDI

This is only the first pass, the beginning of the drive to the end, the second pass goes from the end of the drive to the start and uses various methods to try and read the data that wasn’t read first time around.  A very handy bit of kit.   At some in the process this drive had over 2million unreadable blocks of data.

WD Data Recovery Edinburgh

As you can see we managed to get this down to 843295, most of this was empty space on the drive so no data loss.Western Digital Hard Imaging on Deepar DDIt

And here is the recovered file list.  This customer was very lucking, usually when a hard drive has an impact internal parts need to be changed, to do this we would need to obtain a drive exactly the same to get the parts off.

Our Edinburgh base lab is fully equipped to deal with any Western Digital Hard Drive Data Recovery.  Be it internal, external, PC, Mac or Linux or Nas at JT Data Recovery we can help.  Free quotes, fixed prices for any data recovery task and no data no fee

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14B Elgin Terrace
Edinburgh EH7 5NW
United Kingdom (UK)
Phone: 0131 235 2486
Monday10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Friday10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Saturday12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Data Recovery Services Edinburgh – Seagate Data Recovery Services

JT Data Recovery Services Edinburgh.  The Customer attached the wrong power lead resulting in a burning smell coming from this drive and damaging the hard drive PCB. With the damage to the hard drive PCB no power was getting to the drive.  In this situation sometimes the incorrect power to the drive can affect the head assembly stack,  in this case the customer was very lucky this was not the case.  If the head assembly stack had been affected then this would have doubled the cost of the data recovery.

After Fixing the hard drive PCB we imaged a copy of the drive onto a new hard drive, called the customer and gave him the good news.  Using the hard drive schematics provided with PC 3000 we can access a PDF document for most hard drives including all the details of the PCB layout for any make and model of hard drive.

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Blown Seagate Hard Drive PCB Board

You can see clearly the damage to the board, I think the customer said the he connected a power adapter that was rated at 20 volts.  He is lucky to get away with this one.

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Seagate Hard Drive PCB Repair

buffalo hard drive hard drive copy

This is the final pass of the drive copy (imaging).  As you can see all is good.  The customer gets his data back without having to swap the hard drive heads over.  This saves time and money.

Seagate Data Recovery Edinburgh covers any model of Seagate Hard Drive or SSD Drive.  Our services can help you with the following data issues:

Dead hard drive – no power.

Hard drive not detected/not seen by the operating system or the computer

USB 3 and USB C hard drive connection problems.

Clicking and beeping hard drives.

Formatted and deleted hard drives.

Security encrypted hard drive issues.

We can recover data from dropped, damaged and faulty hard drives.

Contact us. 0131 235 2486