Recovering Data From Hard Disk After Lightning Storm


After taking his computer to Best Buy and discovering that his hard drive had been damaged in the previous night’s lightning storm, Todd all but gave up trying to get back his family pictures. He was quoted a minimum of 700 dollars to send the drive to professionals who could attempt a full recovery; Todd felt that was too much to gamble with.

As a last ditch attempt I asked Todd if I could take a look at it and determined the cause and possibly recover the data off the drive.

Did I discover what was damaged and more importantly did I recover the data? Watch the video.


  1. RatzoyPP

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Help. My disk drive died yesterday and my roommate says he cannot get data off it because it is fired. If I purchase another drive just like this will replacing this part actually work or have I actually lost everything? THANKS in advance!!

    1. Daniel D. Wilcox (Post author)

      It this is a standard (Platter) Hard drive and the damage is on located on the system board then replacing it with a like-model should work. If the drive is a Solid State, this will not work at all as the memory banks are located on the system board itself and not on spinning splatters. Just be very careful and watch the video again. Wear a static strap, and good luck.

  2. Pi Day

    it is interesting to see what is inside the computer. excellent informative video:)

  3. John Mcmellen

    An impressive share, Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!


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