Flooding causes serious damage to computer systems and can result in significant data loss. Modern systems are very sensitive to moisture and contamination. Water damage impacts the mechanical and electronic components of hard drives and other storage devices.
It should be noted that damage to HDDs, SSDs, etc., and devices from liquid contact becomes more significant over time. A large number of electronic components are subjected to destruction and corrosion within a few days.
Damage is most severe if water enters the sealed compartment that protects the highly sensitive components. In such a critical situation, it is only possible to clean the device in a specialized cleanroom safely.
Therefore, to have the highest chances of retrieving data, we recommend that you urgently turn to the services of professionals as soon as the failure happens.
PITS Global Data Recovery Services provides highly reliable and fast data retrieval options. With our advanced lab and modern methods, you can get qualified assistance in retrieving data from an SSD exposed to water.
OCZ Vector Data Recovery
Recently, our team received an OCZ Vector solid-state drive for data recovery. The client had a laptop for work projects and storing his personal files. When he was reviewing finished projects, he accidentally spilled water on the computer. The computer shut down and would not turn back on.
After reading through our website, he decided to entrust his device to our experts. Our data recovery technicians received the drive and started technical inspection immediately.
First, they unsealed the drive in our ISO Certified Class 10 Cleanroom. To avoid severe SSD damage, the engineer wiped it with a lint-free towel. The specialist ensured that the process was done safely without damaging the drive by static electricity.
Our expert determined that the water damaged the SATA interface and the memory controller. Then he estimated the turnaround time and chances for successful data recovery. After receiving the customer’s approval, we started to retrieve lost data.
Vector SSD Water Damage Recovery
Water ingress can cause immediate damage to the hard drive, and noticeable corrosion can occur within a few hours. Successful data recovery largely depends on the actions taken after the water damage. As the client turned off the laptop immediately, there was no visible corrosion.
The first step in retrieving lost data was unsoldering microchips. It was carried out using a hot air soldering station with additional heating. Particular attention at this stage should be paid to compliance with thermal regulation and the use of high-quality fluxes.
These chips are critical to overheating, and overheating can result in data loss. Hence, the experience of the data recovery engineer is crucial for OCZ Vector recovery. Our technician unsoldered the NAND memory chips and started to read their content in a hardware programmer.
The programmer is a hardware-software device designed to write information to read-only memory. In addition to recording, the device lets read data from the ROM of the microcircuit. After successful data extraction, the expert had to analyze it and create a sector-to-sector copy.
OCZ Vector SSD Sector to sector Data Retrieval
Sector-to-sector cloning transfers the layout and contents of hard drives, performed by sector-by-sector copying. This copying method is used by our experts for various malfunctions when backing up or cloning data.
Our company managed to decipher the algorithm of the OCZ Vector translator, so we have the opportunity to recreate the disk image as seen by the operating system and, accordingly, read the data directly from the memory chips bypassing the SATA interface and the controller.
In the case of sector-by-sector copying, a complete image of a failed hard disk or other drive is created. The data is located in the same way as on a failed drive. Our data recovery engineer successfully cloned the hard drive and transferred the access files to a new SSD.
The customer reviewed the recovery results and approved them. Then we shipped his data back and deleted it entirely from our servers.
Contact PITS Global Data Recovery Services at (888) 611-0737. Our dedicated customer service team will help you in every step of your particular case. With years of experience and advanced data recovery tools, our technicians successfully perform file recovery in case of logical and physical damage.