Fixing Mechanical

Mechanical failures are very common and result in the hard drive not operating correctly. iCube Development can fix mechanical failures.

Hard Drive Mechanical Failures:

Without proper working mechanical devices hard drives cannot read information from the magnetic surface of the platters. In order to repair mechanical failures the responsible failed part must be identified and then replaced.

iCube Development uses a fast recovery process to recover data from mechanical failures.

Typical Failure Types:

  • Head or head stack failure.
  • Actuator lock failure.
  • Surface scarring or magnetic failure.
  • Spindle or bearing seizures.
  • Vibration dampener failure.
  • Head parking ramp assembly failure.
  • Head spring tension failure.

If you suspect your drive has a mechanical failure, do not power on your hard drive. Mechanical failures do not self-repair. Attempts to power on a failed hard drive will result in the permanent loss of data.

Typical Failure Reasons:

  • Sudden physical impacts (resulting in the heads breaking, bending, or becoming misaligned).
  • High temperature exposures (resulting in the warping of metal components).
  • Sudden power failures (resulting in the heads not parking correctly).
  • Age (magnets will lose their magnetic properties over time).

Can I Fix Mechanical Failures Myself?

Why did my hard drive fail and can I fix it myself?

No, hard drive manufactures make it very difficult to open and replace parts without the use of a clean room, specific extraction tools, and experience. Due to the sensitivity of mechanical parts a single particle of dust can permanently destroy data. There are hundreds of models of hard drives, each model has a different method to correctly perform extraction, repair, and / or replacement.


Before you start trying to fix mechanical failures issues yourself.

Attempting to repair mechanical failures without the use of specialized equipment and knowledge may result in the loss of data or the inability to recover data. iCube Development provides this information without warranty and for educational purposes only.