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Laptop Drives for Data Recovery

Data recovery for mobile HDD

There is a small 2.5" (or even tiny 1.0 or 1.8 inch) hard disk drive inside almost every laptop or notebook computer. Some of the light-weight and thin laptops have solid state drives, mostly with the same connectors and body shape, except few SSD models that look more like RAM memory sticks, with the exposed NAND flash memory elements like the one used in new Mac Book Air. The miniature laptop drive design makes any repairs, accompanying follow-up actual data retrieval steps, more delicate and skill refined process and requires using of special tooling, equipment and expertise in advanced digital recovery technologies.

The data recovery process requires only the bare drive that needs be extracted from your laptop case. To remove the hard drive from your computer refer to the manufacturer manual. Alternatively, there are plenty of online quality sources about drive removal with pictures, graphics, or even videos. We have also placed a few illustrated articles with the hard drive instructions on our website.

Don't forget to remove and retain for future using all brackets, side screws, interface adapters and other elements from the drive before sending one out to the lab. You may need all these items to install a new replacement drive into the same computer. Some laptops are very sophisticated in the design and do not give an easy access to the drive even for an experienced technician. If you have a problem removing the failed drive with data, you may ship the whole laptop computer to the lab in one piece and we'll take care of it.

Our lab supports all of the laptop hard disk drive models for data recovery. The micro mechanics of laptop hard drives still can be a challenge for the most of experienced recovery technicians. Databe Lab has been investing the decades of years in experience to resolve the hardest data recovery tasks, and that time was generously repaid by inventions of new methods and developments of unique instruments for safe and fast reading information from damaged disks.

Hybrid Hard Drives for Laptops

The classic hard drive is much safer, reliable, and cost-effective storage device for user data files, however HDD loses the fight for speed with SSD-flash type drives. Today the major drive makers start to utilize flash-memory technology to deliver SSD-like performance in the new hybrid hard drives. If you decide to upgrade your old drive to the hybrid kind - to increase the performance of your PC, or MAC system - it should not be a problem at all, as the hybrid drive installs and works just like a regular hard drive. Databe Lab works with hybrid drives at the same rates as the classic ones, with the exception to the pure SSD. SSD stands for Solid State drive, and is supported in our lab too, but at the different price niche.

Databe Support for laptop hard drives

We recover ALL brands/makes of laptop hard drives, including Fujitsu, HGST, Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate, Toshiba, Western Digital. All form-factors are supported: 2.5", 1.8", 1" (MicroDrive) with any installed operating system like:

  • For PC computers: all Microsoft OS (including Windows XP and Vista), Linux/Unix
  • For Apple Macintosh computers: all MAC OS, Windows for Apple
  • VMWare virtual machines

Here are some common tips of how to remove failed hard drive from laptop (notebook) computer:

1. Turn off your computer. Unplug and remove any cables connected to the computer, including the AC adaptor. Remove the battery.
2. Turn the computer upside down to locate the hard drive slot cover. You may need a small Phillips screwdriver to loosen the captive screws that secure the hard drive slot cover, if required.

3. Gently remove the drive from the slot. On some laptop models you will need to loosen ribbon cable or disconnect drive adapter from drive.

Do not ship any mounting parts or connectors

4. Remove from the hard drive any frames, adapters, side screws if they are not parts of the drive itself. You will need them to install a new drive into your laptop later.

5. Pack the drive by following shipping instructions

To learn more about detailed hard drive removal techniques (with sample illustrations) use the help links below:


Hard drive removal instructions for the following laptop computers:

  • Acer TravelMate, Extensa, Ferrari and Aspire
  • Apple MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, PowerBook G4
  • Compaq Evo, Armada, LTE, Presario
  • Dell Inspiron, Latitude, Precision, Vostro, XPS
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad, IdeaPad
  • Gateway
  • Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion, HP Omnibook, HP Compaq Notebooks
  • Sony VAIO
  • Toshiba Dynabook, Equium, Portege, Tecra, Satellite, Qosmio, Libretto

WDigial laptops

WD laptop HDD support

Seagate laptops

Seagate laptop HDD support

Toshiba laptops

Toshiba laptop HDD support

Fujitsu laptops

Fujitsu laptop HDD support

HGST laptops

HGST laptop drive support

Hitachi laptops

Hitachi laptop HDD support

Samsung laptops

Samsung laptop HDD support

Recent Problem Solved

Branko D., Denver, Colorado, United States : Toshiba MK6008GAH

The drive is experiencing a problem with booting the system. I suspect the corruption of the booting sectors. Tested hard drive on the different laptop and the same error: no drive found. The drive is a small laptop type, only 1.8', coming from Toshiba laptop computer. The files I need mostly are in QuickBooks, and emails.

After recovery:

Your work on the drive is much appreciated. I'm pleased with the whole process; the technical support is very helpful, reliable and will definitely recommend your recovery service...