So recently this video (http://gillwaredatarecovery.wistia.com/ ... qfz8xr96jf) appeared on Gillware's website showing a burnishing system being used to clean / test a HDD platter. I'm sure some of you are wondering where you can get such a machine. So after a little research, I found the company that makes it is called MRATek LLC in Fremont, California.
Emailed and asked, still waiting to hear back. I'd expect it's a lot of money in relation to the 2% of cases it's likely to help with. But, if you work in volume like Kroll does, it's probably a worthwhile investment.
While that concept isn't new, I don't think anyone will ever be able to invent such a machine. And even if they did, the cost would be prohibitive as it would take an absurd amount of R&D to even build one that could interpret the data from a few models, let alone all of them. There's just too many variations and variables to account for to build a universal platter reader.
Besides, SSDs will run HDDs off the shelves long before anyone invents such a machine. This machine is little more than a glorified platter washer.
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