In this article, I will talk about many devices that get liquid damage but they are recoverable. I will talk about different ways the data recovery professionals use to rescue these devices. |
When it comes to technology we know that we use many devices to store our data. These include computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad, tablet, external hard drive, usb flash, internal drive, android phone, sd card, raid array, nas, sas, scsi drive and many more. Liquid damage can happen to any of these devices. We have been working with such cases for years. The most common devices that get water or liquid damage are handheld devices like iPhone, iPad and all other kinds of phones like Samsung, LG, Sony etc. These devices have integrated memory and storage which cannot be rescued in a normal way because most of the new ones have hardware encryption. We use special tools and techniques to recover these kinds of devices. Some old phones can be recovered by pulling their memory or BGA chips and read in a special reader. The data is extracted with the help of high end professional technology.
Liquid damage can happen after simple water spill, ocean water, tea, coffee or coke and other drinks. All these can be treated and recovered. It needs experience and proper tools. When liquid damage happens to a computer or laptop, the first thing that gets hit is the keyboard and motherboard. A lot of time this could be a very easy recovery because if the hard drive is not affected, data can be copied to another computer assuming that the drive is a traditional. This is only possible if the computer or laptop has a removable hard drive. This must be done by a certified and experience technician because a little mistake can ruin the chances of data recovery. If the hard drive has water or liquid then the situation becomes complicated. If this is the case the drive must be taken to a data recovery professional. A data recovery specialist knows how to deal with this kind of situation. They will first check what areas are damaged. If it is electronics, they will fix that but if the problem is inside the drive then they will open the drive in a clean environment so that it does not get dust. This is called advance data recovery technique. A lot of people think this can be done at home. They go on YouTube and try to learn this but in youtube they don’t tell everything about the process. We have seen many people copying youtube methods and open their drives at home and destroy them by allowing all the dust inside the drive. This is not a recommended way of dealing with a hard drive. Some people will take the drive to their friends thinking of their profession. If someone is working in IT, it does not mean that they can do all kinds of jobs. IT is the name of a huge industry that has many fields and departments like programming, web design, troubleshooting, help desk, hardware, software, repairs, data recovery and many more.
Some or many modern computers and laptops have built-in storage devices. This includes Apple Macbook Pro Retina models, MacBook Air etc. These laptops have storage chips integrated on their logic board. When these devices get liquid damaged, it is very important to take the machine to a professional and certified place so that they can recover them properly. Trying different repair attempts will definitely make them un-repairable causing permanent loss of data. The same is with phones. If a phone is water damaged, it is crucial to avoid failed attempts of repair. Again trying to change or repair components without proper experience will make them almost impossible to recover. Some liquid damage is difficult to repair for example, if the device was fully wet and was not taken to data recovery lab for a long time. This can damage almost every part of the phone. Some hard drives are difficult to repair if the water was salty or if the liquid was of destructive nature. It is very important to know that a lot of liquid damaged boards can be repaired if the technicians is highly trained and have a lot of experience as well as have proper replacement parts as well as proper tools. This helps recover boards that may be helpful to recover data because some drives have software encryption.
In this article I talked about liquid damage computers and devices that can be recovered with properly experience and technology.
By Khan 26 years in IT services, repairs, maintenance, data recovery, marketing, troubleshooting and managing IT. Apple, Microsoft, CompTIA A+ certified professional and Master degree in Computer Science.
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