Samsung SpinPoint ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB Data Recovery

The Samsung SpinPoint ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB is a 2.5-inch internal hard drive with a storage capacity of 1 terabyte (TB). It features SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies, minimizing noise during operation, making it suitable for quiet environments like libraries, classrooms, and conference rooms. Designed for use in laptops and compact mobile devices requiring high-capacity storage, this hard drive originates from a Seagate 1TB OneTouch Portable Hard Drive (STKY1000400) casing. Note that many external hard drives have plastic casings, which, if removed for data recovery, may void the warranty. Communicate casing removal preferences to Zero Alpha before assessment.


The client used the external hard drive for over 5 years to store photos and videos but encountered an issue when attempting to connect it to their laptop after a year of non-use. The device would freeze briefly, leading Zero Alpha to advise against further use and recommend an immediate assessment to limit potential damage and data loss. Swift initiation of the data recovery process is essential for optimal results.

While USB interfaces are common in external hard drives for universal compatibility, they may not offer the best data transfer capabilities. For the Samsung SpinPoint ST1000LM024, removing the drive from its casing enables the detachment of the USB adaptor, facilitating the data recovery process.


After removing the USB adaptor we can access the drive's native SATA interface, allowing attempts to read the damaged drive. These specialized cables enhance the reading process and regulate power, crucial for successful data recovery.


Utilizing purpose-built applications, we managed to control power fluctuations and recover the required data before the hard drive became entirely inoperable. It is imperative not to persist in using a malfunctioning hard drive, as prolonged use may exacerbate the damage, potentially leading to complete failure and necessitating hardware replacements during the data recovery process. In the end, we successfully retrieved all the client's photos and videos in excellent quality, with minimal data loss.

In conclusion, Samsung SpinPoint ST1000LM024 data recovery involves several processes. If you suspect your hard drive is damaged, refrain from using it to avoid compromising your computer's safety and functionality. Seeking professional assistance from a data recovery specialist is crucial to prevent further damage and enhance the chances of successful recovery. Continuing to use a damaged hard drive can worsen the situation, making data recovery more challenging, if not impossible.