Recover Data from water/fire damaged hard drives


Time is of the essence; we need to begin the recovery process before any debris that has penetrated the case has time to dry and adhere to the media platters; most hard drives have multiple platter media stacks and trying to remove any contamination is compounded after the drive has completely dried. Circuitry corrosion can also be an issue, especially in solid state drives.



If you follow the steps below; no more/no less, in a timely manner, there is a very good possibility that we can recover all of your valuable data with our Charlotte hard drive water damage repair services.


  1. Do not attempt to power on!!

    Water from flood and or fire residue is always contaminated with debris and particulate residue; water can & will penetrate the housing.

    Powering up a hard drive, even if it looks dry (after a water event) can cause irreparable damage to the read/write heads and/or media stack.
  2. Use a clean, lint free cloth; wipe any excess moisture from the drive & board.

    Rust/corrosion is the biggest concern here. Just lightly wipe the water from the drive & immediately place into a sealed zip lock baggie (no additional moisture in…none out.)
  3. Do not attempt to air dry hard drive or use hair dryer or other heat source.              
  4. Never attempt to open the hard drive housing.
  5. Immediately seal the hard drive in a zip lock baggie making sure that it seals tightly!!  
  6. Package the drive securely (at least 2” of padding) and ship in a box, not envelope
  7. Click here for shipping address & submittal form.
  8. Ship via overnight carrier & retain tracking number for delivery verification.


 ***You have enough to worry about – Let us take care of your valuable data***

We offer:

  1. Free hard drive data recovery evaluation
  2. Complimentary expedited service for all water/fire damaged hard drives
  3. Also, if the above procedures 1-8 are adhered to, we will credit incoming shipping charges to final recovery cost.
  4. All recoverable data will be returned via a free USB 3.0 flash drive or new hard drive (at our discretion)


  • Linux®
  • UNIX™
  • Microsoft Windows®  
  • Apple/Macintosh® 
  • NetWare®
  • VMware®

Recovery Services

  • USB / Memory Cards
  • Laptops / Desktops
  • External Hard Drives
  • Solid State Drives


  • Strict Non-Disclosure
  • Chain of Custody Protocol
  • High Security Safekeeping
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Controlled Access 
  • Secure Location

Client Reviews

“The short: Calling Ron and his team was the best decision I could have made. Words like kind, respectful, prompt, and attentive come to mind. The long: My NAS crashed. I thought I lost my entire digital life. Forget about the files and documents one accumulates and all the music, I had 30 years of family pictures, some of who are no longer with us. I was in tears. I took my NAS to a big box store where I was given very robotic service by their "geeks" and was told it could cost me thousands of dollars, it would take at least a month (but I could leap to the front of the line for an extra $100) to even find out IF it was recoverable. I decided to look for someone local and thank God I found Carolina Data Recovery. Ron was able to confirm that the data was recoverable within 48 hours and had my data back to me within 72 hours. Beyond that, Ron took time to walk me though the process and listen to my concerns. Realizing I was a mess, Ron spent an hour on the phone with me explaining what I need to do going forward to ensure that this never happens again. Backing up your data IS important - hard lesson learned. I hope to never be in this situation again, but have comfort in knowing that Carolina Data Recovery has my back. ”
– M. Patel
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– Anne Fiala
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