Samsung - Data Recovery Information

Samsung Hard Drives Failures

The most common problem seen with Samsung Spin Point HDD is burnt circuit boards(PCB). Samsung drives, like most other hard drives, are susceptible to overheating and power surges. A power streak together with a bad power supply is enough to cause the spindle drive chip to burn, making data unreadable. In this case, the PC would shutdown entirely or reboot itself, and you would notice an acrid smell of smoke coming from inside.

In this instance, you could try swapping PCB from a donor model, however, the chances of doing this successfully are very slim.

Firmware Issues

Firmware, as with most hard drives, can also be a problem with Samsung drives. If just a small portion of the drive’s firmware becomes corrupt, then the drive will stop working. When this happens, there isn’t usually any noticeable noise, but the drive shows up with a zero capacity and is not identified in the BIOS. Attempting to read data or boot up when the drive is like this will result in the following SMART error messages being received:

“Disk boot failure”
“Primary Master Hard Disk Fail”
“No operating system found”

Clicking / Knocking Sounds

The other common problem with Samsung hard drives is a knocking or clicking sound. When the drive starts to spin, the heads begin to click intermittently or sometimes continuously. , , The most common reason for this is damaged heads; meaning HDD requires class one hundred, clean room environment to open up and swap head assembly with a matching donor. As I’ve said before, DO NOT attempt to do this yourself! You will most certainly cause more damage to the platters and your data will be unrecoverable.

Bad Sectors: Typical

The last issue that is, unfortunately, typical for all drives, particularly Samsung drives is bad sectors.Over time the magnetic media within the drive begins to break down, resulting in bad sectors. When the HDD touches this unreadable spot, it may do any of the following:

tick
click
freeze
scratch

Every time it tries to read this damaged area, more damage is caused and more data lost. If you were to attempt reading any further data, you would be making the problem far worse! Lab technicians use specific hardware for reading bad sector data, which is normally the only safe way to retrieve data from bad sectors.

If you should ever start experiencing symptoms such as these, please shut down your computer right away and speak to a professional data recovery expert.


We support data recovery on all models of Samsung Hard Disk Drives as follows:

MODELS
SpinPoint M40 Series, SpinPoint P120 SATA Series, SpinPoint P40 Series, SpinPoint P80 Series, SpinPoint P80SD Series, SpinPoint PL40 Series, SpinPoint V120CE Series, SpinPoint V60 Series, SpinPoint V80 Series

IDE / 3.5" PC DRIVE

002SAJ7004143
0051SAJ1023039
0059SAJ2069116
0059SAJ3126304
0062SEJ3008202
0066SAJ4016338
0088J1CK114940
0093J1DK117642
088J1CJB21730
J33J825464
J36J287850M
J3BH226201
J3BH315443
J3BH455910
J3MHA14702
J4KJ501147Z
J4KJ501148Y
PLS-30854A
PLS-31084A
PLS-31274A
S02H
S04H
SHD-30280A
SHD-30420A
SHD-30560A
SHD-3062A
SHD-3121A
SHD-3122A
SHD-3171A
SHD-3172A
SHD-3211A
SHD-3212A
SP0812N
SP1213N
SP1366D
SP1604N
SP2001H
SP4002H
SP40A2H
SP6003H
SP8004H
STG31271A
 

STG31601A
SV0211A
SV0211H
SV0221N
SV0311H
SV0322A
SV0401H
SV0411N
SV0412H
SV0432A
SV0432D
SV0432TGE
SV0511D
SV0602H
SV0643A
SV0643D
SV0644A
SV0644DLL
SV0761D
SV0802E
SV0802H
SV0802N
SV0813H
SV0842D
SV0844A
SV1021D
SV1021H
SV1022D
SV1022D-20PK
SV1203E
SV1203N
SV1204H
SV1296A
SV1296A-20PK
SV1363D
SV1364D
SV1533D
SV1604E
SV1604N
SV2001H
SV2002H
SV2042D

SV2042H
SV2043D
SV2044D
SV2044D-20PK
SV2044SPK
SV2046D
SV3002H
SV3063D
SV3063H
SV3064D
SV4002H
SV4003H
SV4084D
SV4084H
SV6003H
SV6004H
SV8004H
VG31702A
VG32502A
VG33402A
VG34202A
VG34323A
VG34324A
VG35102A
VG36483A
WA31273A
WA32163A
WA32543A
WA33203A
WN310820A
WN312021A
WN31273A
WN316025A
WN321620A
WN32543A
WNR31601A
WNR32101A
WNR32501A
WU32163A
WU32165A
WU32543A
WU33205A

 

MOBILE / LAPTOP / NOTEBOOK / 2.5" DRIVE

 

MP0302H
MP0402H
 

MP0603H

MP0804H

 

ATA 133

 

SP0401N
SP0411N
SP0802N
 

SP0822N
SP0842N
SP1203N

SP1614N
SV1202N

 

EIDE

 

DSSM120GB72
DSSM40GB72
DSSM60GB7
 

VG38404A
WA31083A

WA32162A
WNR32100A

 

PATA

 

HD300LD
HD400LD
HM040HC
HM060HC
HM080IC
 

HM100JC
HM120JC
SP0612N
SP0812N
 

SP1213N
SP1604N
SP2014N
SP2514N

 

SATA

 

HD300LJ
HD400LJ
HM060HI
HM080II
 

HM120J
HM100JII
SP0411C
SP0812C
 

SP1213C
SP1614C
SP2004C
SP2504C

 

SATA II

 

HA200JC
HA250JC
HD040GJ

HD080HJ
HD120IJ
HD160JJ

HM040HI
HM060II
HM080JI