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Power surges during a lightning storm


Our lovely Florida weather! At 3:00 PM the sun is out on a beautiful beach day, then at 3:15 PM a huge thunder storm hits with the power of a hurricane. In only 15 minutes the life of your hard drive and the data in it can change completely.  Power surges are criminal! 

Hard drives that have suffered a power surge will normally affect the printed circuit board (PCB) and stop the hard drive from spinning up. However, sometimes the power spike can be so powerful that it can damage the read/write heads and or, heat up insulating materials so intensely that it can turn into a gas. Then it will quickly cool down and descend on the platters where your data is stored. This is still normally a recoverable situation for the data recovery specialist but because of all the bad advice all over the internet about self-recovery techniques, success rates in this situation are dire when doing it yourself.

When a hard drive affected by a surge often times the electronics are fused together making the PCB board unusable. The hard part is to isolate those electronics and replace the chip sets to not only power up the drive motor, but to obtain communication between the electronics and the platters.

It is almost impossible to replace PCB boards due to the proprietary microcode and encryption that is prevalent on newer drives. That means that the recovery process is going to require advanced electronic work including soldering and un-soldering affected chips.  Our engineers at Data Analyzers are experts and will have your data restored in no time. 

The best way for you to avoid this type of failure is to purchase a solid surge suppressor. There are plenty of power strips for sale that offer surge suppression, but you have to be careful to buy one that can handle at least 3800 joules.