Laptop Data Recovery

Data Retriever specialises in data recovery from laptop and portable computers. More than their stationary desktop counterparts, laptop hard drives (excluding Solid State Disks) are at greater risk of damage from physical trauma such as drops, impacts and vibration. Being in a portable role, they’re more frequently exposed to poor treatment such as being moved whilst operating and especially from physical shock when the laptop is placed roughly onto a desk or bench. All HDDs from portable computers have the same basic requirements for clean lab repair and data recovery.

Common HDD data recovery scenarios we address include:

  • Mechanical (clicking, squealing, screeching, otherwise noisy drives)
  • Firmware (failing to detect correctly or at all, abnormal behaviour)
  • Electrical (failing to spin up, burning smell or even smoke emission)
  • Logical (deleted or missing files, broken file systems, malicious attacks)


We recover from all current HDD manufacturers and many older, uncommon makes, including:

  • Western Digital (WD) / Hitachi / IBM
  • Seagate / Samsung / Maxtor
  • Toshiba
  • Fujitsu


We’re competent with recovery from many file systems & environments including:

  • Windows (3.x, 95/98/ME, 2000/NT, 2003/2008, Vista/7/8, 10) – FAT32; NTFS
  • Mac (legacy, 7/8/9, OS X) – HFS/HFS+; APFS
  • Linux (Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Red Hat, SuSE, Ubuntu) – EXT2/3/4
  • Unix (AIX, BSD, HP-UX, SCO, Solaris, UnixWare) – EXT; UFS/FFS; ZFS
  • DOS – FAT; FAT16
  • Netware – NWFS
  • OS/2 – FAT12/16; HPFS
Soiled HDD Air Filter

Top-Notch Service

We never charge for our evaluation of your failed hard disk drive. As always, we strive to provide you with relevant and clear information in a pressure-free manner, helping you to make an informed decision about how to proceed from that point. We’re available for contact at any point before, during and after your recovery – please call or email any time for friendly and professional assistance and advice, or if you’re ready to send your drive in for a free inspection and quote, you may review our process and prices before making a booking.