DIY Disk Drive Recovery Machine
UK data recovery firm Retrodata is set to begin marketing a machine for performing hard drive recovery in house. No photos are available, at least until the device has received its patents, but the company claims it can be operated by a relative novice. The machine is designed to extract the innards from any 3.5 inch hard drive with up to five platters using laser-guided positioning. Details are a little sketchy, but the 165-pound device is expected to cost around $6,950 US and go on sale next month. With data recovery services costing $3,000 and up in many cases, this device could quickly pay for itself after just a few successful recoveries.