WD Blue Slim hard drives are more and more common data recovery cases within the data recovery lab. Amoung these cases, the physical cases are most and most cases are contaminated on heads or platters.
This new slim drives are not only ‘slim’ in thickness, but also ‘slim’ in inner space and this make it very difficult to swap heads, if users swap heads in traditional way, it doesn’t work at all or the heads will be destoryed mostly.
The engineers need to perform the following difficult steps:
1, Remove top magnet;
2, Unfix the the parking RAMP and move the ramp off the platters;
3, Disassemble the motor;
4, Remove the platters;
5, Remove the heads and swap heads.
Due to above complicated steps, it’s better to swap platters, users can remove the platters on to the donor drive, swap PCB and get data from the donor drive.
The motor has one one big round screw to control the balance on this type of slim drives and users can swap platters one by one without too much pressure, besides, the donors heads of this type of slim hdds are not so picky and therefore, the success rate is good by platter swap.
To make sure users get the best success rate for physical data recovery from these WD slim hdds, it’s suggested to get this tool for platter swap.