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Data Recovery – WD My Passport – Contamination

Data Recovery Issue:Data Recovery - WD My Passport - Contamination

Checked in a Western Digital My Passport 1TB drive that has so much contamination. The drive was previously taken to another Data Recovery company that opened up the drive.

Initial Diagnosis:

We opened the drive in our cleanroom and here is what we saw: SERIOUS CONTAMINATION.

Data Recovery Update:

There is heavy contamination on the top platter and 1 of the 4 sliders is completely broken off. The slider must have made heavy contact with the platter to break the way it did. This would have definitely caused irreversible damage to the platters.

Clean Room Data Recovery Cost:

Unfortunately, this case is not recoverable. Customer paid for only the drive cover being opened.


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