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Desktop Computer Data Recovery

Has your computer’s hard drive stopped working?

Outsource is experienced with computer recovery. We will get your data back so you can get on with your life.


Experience with Computer Data Recovery

Outsource Can Get Your Data Back

We have successfully repaired or recovered thousands of hard drives and solid state drives. Furthermore, we have a partnership with Donor Drives, the largest supplier of donor PCBs and hard drives, so we have immediate access to almost any donor drive or part imaginable in order to complete your recovery or repair as quickly as possible.

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Success Rate

We are able to successfully repair or recover nearly nine out of ten projects we receive. This rate is among the best in the industry, and we offer a True No-Data, No-Charge Guarantee for your desktop computer data recovery service: If we cannot recover your data, you will not pay any service fee!

Hard Drive PCB Issues

Failed PCB or Firmware Issues

There are many different causes for hard drive failure. Watch our YouTube video about how to identify common hard drive failures. One of the most common is a burnt PCB. The cause of this can be a power surge or other sudden electrical jolt. If your drive won’t spin up, or if you smell smoke coming from the drive, these can be signs of a burnt PCB, which will need to be fixed as soon as possible.

Replacing a Failed PCB

If you do have a PCB issue, you can try to repair your hard drive by replacing the circuit board. Be sure to use our donor matching guide for data recovery to increase the chances of compatibility between the hard drive and the new circuit board. For example, you should use a replacement circuit board with the same PCB revision and model number. Also, watch our video to the right for some tips on trying to replace the circuit board. If you don’t want to try this yourself, we offer a $60 Hard Drive Repair Service for the repair or replacement of the PCB, which includes parts and labor!

Other Common Problems with Hard Drives

Clicking Drive

If your drive is clicking, power it down immediately! This could be a sign of a mechanical issue, such as a head crash.

Bad Sectors

Bad sectors generally signify surface damage, degrading magnetic head reading capabilities, or the end of life of the hard drive.


A shorted circuit board electrical shock passes through the head disk assembly preamplifier chip and makes it malfunction.


Corruption of system area translator modules results in loss of data access and requires a “hot swap”.

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Frequency of Failures

41% $60 Repair Service: includes electrical failures, such as failed PCBs, Brick errors, translator corruption, or basic firmware issues. Cost: $60*
36% Cleanroom recovery: includes drives with head crashes, preamplifier failures, or other mechanical issues requiring a cleanroom. Avg. cost: $787*
10% Degraded surface: another type of mechanical failure, also known as bad sectors, which usually does not require a cleanroom. Avg. cost: $545*
9% Logical issues: includes recovery of deleted data and similar logical issues. Avg. cost: $336*
4% Advanced firmware: includes advanced firmware failures not covered under the $60 Hard Drive Repair, such as corrupted firmware on the disk platters. Avg. cost: $567*

*All data recovery services are all-inclusive and include repair, recovery, parts, and transfer media. These prices are the average paid by actual customers in 2014 excluding discounts, such as those our Partner Program members receive. Prices will vary depending on several factors. The $60 Hard Drive Repair Service is not a data recovery service and only includes repair (parts and labor) for drives that do not need data recovery.

Your hard drive may qualify for our $60 Repair Service. This includes repair or replacement of a faulty PCB, patching of minor firmware issues, and/or correction of PUIS errors that disable the drive from spinning. For more details click here. A similar service is also available for solid state drives.
Visit our pricing page to get an idea of the cost for your desktop computer data recovery service, which will depend on the type of failure and other factors.
Yes. Visit our Service Options page to see pricing levels for expedited diagnostics and/or recovery, which are available as add-on options to your service.

Why Choose Outsource?

  • Get a quote before you send your media
  • Quick service: more parts and donor drives in stock than anyone else
  • No hidden costs, parts fees, or attempt fees
  • Excellent Partner benefits and discounts
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Recent Customer Testimonials

Outsource employees do not give up on difficult cases, and they have come through for me when other labs have failed. I don’t use anyone else anymore, simple as that.
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These guys are legit. They fixed my hard drive for their quoted reasonable price. Full transparency and no BS. Best decision I could have made.
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