Our friends at Drive Savers have successfully recovered lost data from hard drives and other devices for our clients over the years. At times, their brilliant engineers and techs have been successful when we doubted that any data could be recovered. We're starting to see more iPhones and iPads coming in with data recovery issues. This article, written by Drive Savers director of engineering, Mike Cobb discusses the one absolute key to successful data recovery from these devices.
Hundreds of broken, damaged and malfunctioning iPhones are sent to DriveSavers every month for data recovery. Despite having the best smartphone success rate in the industry, we aren’t able to recover all of them. Many factors are involved, some of which we’ll go into here.
To obtain the best results in recovering an iPhone, DriveSavers engineers must carefully coax it into a semi-functional state, at least briefly, in order to extract the important data.
Every single phone that comes in the door may require hours of inspection and testing to locate the point or points of failure. In many cases, hardware engineers will have to micro solder multiple jumpers and leads in addition to cleaning corrosion and other forms of damage to get a device to power up.