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Desktop Data Recovery Services

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Desktop data loss can occur for several reasons, such as hard drive failure, theft, natural disasters like floods and fires, power outages, and other unfortunate events. Desktop data recovery may still be possible if the computer was turned off during such incidents. However, if the desktop PC or computer was on, it may have been damaged by water or mould infestations, causing significant data loss.


If you're seeking "desktop PC data recovery services near me" frantically, it indicates that you've exhausted all possible DIY recovery methods, and the situation is dire. In such cases, you must seek assistance from a reputable desktop data recovery service nearby, your only viable solution.


Our team of experts specializes in retrieving critical information from various desktop brands, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, ASUS, and Apple. We provide customized data recovery solutions for hard drives, SSD, and RAID recovery, catering to individual and corporate clients. Our advanced data recovery techniques, experience, and expertise enable us to restore your valuable data efficiently, securely, and professionally.

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Wildfire Data Recovery is a certified, Australian owned data recovery business

success rate of recovery: 98%

(average score from 11,435 recoveries)

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We use state-of-the-art technologies and tools to diagnose, analyze, and recover lost data. Our team of experts works diligently to recover your data and ensure that it's delivered to you in a format that's easy to use. Additionally, we provide you with a comprehensive report of the recovery process, keeping you informed on the status of your data throughout the process. With us, you can rest assured that your data is in safe hands.

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Our Wildfire Data Recovery engineers can recovery data from all of the above popular Desktop hard drive brands, plus many more. Talk to an engineer today on 0424053510.

The first order of business when a data storage device is damaged or is preventing its user from accessing their data, IS TO STOP USING THAT HARD DRIVE! This is especially an issue if your data has been deleted or device formatted. When a hard drive is formatted, all the data on it is effectively erased, but the actual data is not physically removed from the drive.

If the hard drive is not used or the use is minimal following the formatting, the user data may still be recoverable by our Wildfire Data Recovery engineers. Additionally, when a hard drive is formatted, it may also cause logical errors that can affect the drive's performance and make data recovery more challenging. In some cases, a formatted drive may be partially overwritten, which can result in missing or corrupted data.

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Windows will prompt users to format their disk if the operating system detects a logical error or another fault. 

"At Wildfire Data Recovery, we always urge our clients to stop using a formatted drive as soon as possible to maximize the chances of data recovery success. If you suspect that you have accidentally formatted your hard drive, it's essential to immediately turn off your computer and seek the assistance of our expert team of data recovery engineers."

Our desktop hard drive data recovery services are approved by all major computer manufacturers. Over more than a decade, our expert technicians have successfully recovered data from tens of thousands of internal HDD and SSD devices from the world’s best-known PC and Apple desktop computer brands.


When it comes to the realm of desktop computer and data storage, one device reigns supreme: the hard drive. Serving as the digital haven for all your precious data, it encompasses everything from the intricate web of operating system files that govern your device's functionality to that vital work document you simply cannot afford to misplace.


At Wildfire Data Recovery HDD is an acronym that stands for "Harmonized Data Depot," representing a revolutionary leap in computer storage technology. Unlike traditional definitions of HDD, where it commonly refers to "Hard Disk Drive," our groundbreaking interpretation envisions a new era of data preservation. HDD commonly, however stands for "Hard Disk Drive." A Hard Disk Drive is a non-volatile storage device that is used to store and retrieve digital data on personal computers and other electronic devices. It consists of one or more rotating magnetic disks, or platters, which are coated with a magnetic material. The data is recorded on these platters in the form of magnetized areas, and it can be read or written using magnetic heads mounted on an actuator arm. HDDs are known for their relatively large storage capacity and have been the traditional primary storage medium in computers for many years.


Introduced in 2003, SATA (or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) is the default interface for most desktop and laptop hard drives. They are referred to as SATA hard drives, but they are actually rotary hard drives with spinning platters and a moving needle that writes data to consecutive sectors on each platter. SATA hard drives are incredibly fast compared to their predecessor, the PATA hard drive, and can write to the disk with an interface rate of 6 Gb/s with a throughput of 600 MB/s.

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"At Wildfire Data Recovery we use hard drive images for a variety of purposes, including data recovery, system backups, and forensic investigations."

If you suspect a hard drive failure, contact the experts at Wildfire Data Recovery Brisbane to get your data back as quickly as possible, time is of the essence. 

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Wildfire Data Recovery can rescue your precious files from a wide range of data loss scenarios. From formatted hard drive data, to deleted files, complex logical issues, system wide data corruption, electrical and physical damage, plus much more. Contact our data recovery team today on 0424053510.
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YES!, it is often possible to recover data from a desktop computer. Our Wildfire Data Recovery techniques and tools have advanced significantly, allowing our experts to retrieve lost, deleted, or inaccessible data from various storage media, such as hard drives and SSD (which are the two most common storage media inside a desktop computer). However, the success of data recovery depends on several factors, including the cause of data loss, the extent of damage to the storage device, and the actions taken after the data loss occurred.

Creating a byte-to-byte backup is an essential step in the data recovery process at Wildfire. It involves generating an image of a damaged solid-state hard drive that our engineers can use to access the data in a non-destructive manner. This image is a sector-by-sector copy of the hard drive, which includes all the data, file structures, and system files. In essence, it is a snapshot of the drive at the time the image was created. This means that the resulting image is a complete replica of the drive, including any lost data resulting from file system corruption, accidental deletion, or other issues.

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NOT TO WORRY! In many cases where deleted data is an issue, our Wildfire Data Recovery team data can successfully recover from any desktop computer, even if the data was accidentally deleted AND overwritten. However, it's important to note that there are situations where data recovery may be more challenging or even impossible, such as severe physical damage to the storage media or overwriting of data through continued usage or incorrect recovery attempts.

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At Wildfire Data Recovery Brisbane, we understand that desktop hard drive data recovery can be a challenging and complex process. Desktop hard drives are vulnerable to various failure scenarios that can result in permanent data loss if incorrect steps are taken to rescue the data. To successfully recover data from a desktop hard drive, advanced expertise and specialized tools are required, which can only be provided by a professional data recovery service.

The below are some of the most common reasons our clients present to our data recovery labs, seeking data recovery for their desktop computers.

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Physical damage to a desktop computer can lead to data loss in various ways. The hard drive, which stores the data, can suffer mechanical failures or damage from impacts, resulting in inaccessible or lost data:

  • Hard Drive Damage: The hard drive in a desktop computer contains the storage medium where data is stored. Physical damage, such as impact from a drop or shock, can cause mechanical failure or damage to the internal components of the hard drive. This can lead to the inability to access data or complete loss of data stored on the damaged drive.

 Mishandling or strong impacts can displace or misalign components, causing read/write errors and data inaccessibility. Always seek professional data recovery help from Wildfire Data Recovery in cases where the desktop computer has suffered physical damage, as we possess the expertise and tools needed to recover data from damaged desktop computers.

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Electrical faults within a desktop computer can pose risks to the hard drive, potentially leading to damage and data loss. Power surges, caused by voltage spikes, can result in electrical shorts, component burnout, or data corruption. Sudden power outages or improper shutdowns during data writing can cause incomplete or corrupted data, leading to file system errors. A faulty power supply can provide inconsistent or improper voltage, affecting the hard drive's functionality. To mitigate these risks, surge protectors, UPS, proper grounding, and ESD precautions are recommended, along with regular data backups for added protection against potential data loss.

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One of the most common issues we see here at Wildfire Data Recovery. Formatting or accidental file deletion can impact any type of hard drive in numerous different ways. When you format an internal, external or solid state hard drive or delete a file from the system, the data is not completely erased from the drive. Instead, the operating system marks the space that the data occupies as available, which means that new data can be written to that location.

  • File System Corruption: Formatting or deleting files can cause corruption to the hard drive file system, which can make the drive inaccessible to the user. Our Wildfire Data engineers know how important the file system is to a hard drive, as it is responsible for organizing and managing files on any internal, external or solid state hard drive. When it becomes corrupted, any hard drive may not be able to read or write data correctly, leading to data loss. 

  • Overwriting of Data: When new data is written to any hard dirve, it matters not if it is a classical mechanical hard drive or a modern solid state hard drive, after a format or accidental deletion has been performed by the user, this newly written data can overwrite the deleted or formatted data our clients need recovered. 

If you have accidentally deleted files or formatted your internal, external or solid state hard drive, it's essential to stop using the drive immediately and contact Wildfire Data Recovery, hard drive data recovery services to increase the chance of recovering your lost data.

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At Wildfire Data Recovery, we have identified some of the most common issues our clients face when the data on their external hard drive becomes inaccessible: 


  • 🛑 Human error – This is by far the most common reason for data loss. It can occur through accidentally deleting files or formatting disks. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the Windows cmd command and accidentally ran a script that deleted a bunch of files. You might realize it a split second after executing the command, but the damage is done.

  • 😔 Faulty upgrades – Occasionally a faulty system or application upgrade can impact your system. If an external hard drive was attached to your machine during the upgrade, it could have been negatively impacted and you may have lost some data from it.

  • ⚡ Power surges – A power spike can cause damage to your drive and result in a broken storage device that requires data recovery software in order to recover its data. The drive can appear dead after being subjected to an extreme power surge.

  • 🔥 Extreme conditions – Leaving an external hard drive in a hot car or other location where it will be exposed to high temperatures can cause damage to the disk. Similar results will occur if you expose the device to high humidity or moisture.



It's important to note that some of these indicators can also be caused by other issues, such as hardware failures, software issues, or malware. In general, physical external hard drive failure is more severe and difficult to recover from than logical hard drive failure. While logical failure may be resolved through software-based solutions or data recovery techniques, physical failures require a much more comprehensive and complex approach. If you suspect logical or physical hard drive failure, it's recommended to seek the help of a professional at Wildfire Data Recovery to diagnose the issue, ID the fault and recover your data. Call us today on 0424 053 510. 

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"It is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Our hard drive data recovery process is customised for every client."



Once we process and diagnose our client's device(s) we complete a comprehensive diagnostic report. It marks on the total costs (inc. projected costs) of the recovery, the chance of success, the issue with the hard drive and why it requires data recovery services and finally the expected date of completion. We offer our customers a comprehensive diagnostic report free of charge with our standard service, to find the root of the failure and allow our engineers to find the right path to recovery.



Following the completion of our comprehensive recovery report, we complete our diagnostic and consultation services with our clients and provide a projected success rate for their particular device and failure (these success rates are based on thousands of recoveries). Once the diagnostics are completed buy our experienced data recovery engineers, and the data recovery options are clear, we provide a firm no-obligation price quote. This quote can always be rejected by our clients and they can take their device and shop around.



Once our clients provide us with the green light and approve the quote and the comprehensive report, our engineers conduct the invasive hard drive repairs and if necessary, use custom-designed, in-house, tools to recreate file systems and partition table information our clients need to progress to the next level of hard drive data recovery. This step can take a number of days, to a number of weeks depending on the complexiety of the hard drive failure. For example, a LEVEL 1 Logic Hard Drive Data Recovery may take 2-5 days, while a LEVEL 4 Complex Mechanical Hard Drive Failure can take up to 4 weeks or longer. 

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In the below table, our clients can find an example of how hard drive data recovery services may be priced. Wildfire Data Recovery uses a "level of complexity" model (as explained below) instead of a per/hour payment scheme. As always, NO DATA -- NO FEE. 

🟩 Accidental Deletion (Logical Hard Drive Data Loss):


Accidentally deleting the wrong file may feel devastating, but it’s actually the least costly and complicated data loss scenario one can encounter. That’s because deleted files remain physically present on storage devices until they are overwritten by new data.

COST: $290 -- $450

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We never charge any data recovery fees unless we can successfully recover your desired files and ensure they are in working order.

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We routinely recover inaccessible emails, texts, photos, contacts, videos and any other data types from hard drive devices that have suffered file system corruption, physical damage, file deletion, liquid or fire damage. We can recover data from a wide range and entire lines of products, including the latest models

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    We are open 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday. On weekdays, our opening hours range from 09:00am-18:00 (or 6:00pm). On weekends, we open at 10:30am and close at 15:00 (or 3:00pm). However. we understand that our clients lead busy lives so please contact us on 0424053510 to arrange a unique time just for you.
  • What is data recovery and how much does it cost?
    Data recovery is a complex and at times, very time consuming process. It is a combination of many fields from computer science and engineering, IT to electronics, to software engineering, coding, electrical engineering and much much more. Due to this extremely specialized and difficult process, a data recovery engineer is a self taught professional that has a passion for all of the aforementioned fields and it is this passion that leads to their ability to sometimes do what is considered "impossible". Furthermore, the software, hardware and the many tools that go into data recovery are extremely specialized and very costly. Every electronic device and digital storage media contains information, and that information can be made inaccessible due to mechanical or logical failure. The process of accessing, retrieving and restoring that inaccessible data is called data recovery. The data recovery process varies based on the type of media. If the failure is logical (deletion, operating system failure, etc) then specialized software is used to recover the data. If a mechanical failure occurs such as physical damage, water or fire damage, recovery requires a professional staff and certified Cleanroom facilities.
  • How long does it take to get my data back?
    Unfortunately there is no easy answer here. Most of the recoveries we perform are completed within 48 hours. However, sometimes jobs can last 2-4 weeks (especially with servers and large RAID combinations). Your engineer will inform you thoroughly of your wait time.
  • What data recovery packages do you offer?
    Our data recovery plans start from Level 1 (Basic Software Recovery) to Level 5 (Complex Malware, Ransomware, Hardware plus other damage). Complexity dictates which category (or level) your device will be placed in and the final cost that you will incur based on the successful return of your lost data. Different devices also incur different costs. For example, a RAID system (which can contain anywhere from 2-30 hard drives or more) will have a higher data recovery success fee then an individual hard drive at the same complexity level. Our basic data recovery packages are: 1. LEVEL 1 – SIMPLE LOGICAL DATA RECOVERY SERVICES: $299+GST. This level includes all devices with basic logical issues such as deleted data, formatting, accidental deletion due to human error, operating system malfunctions (this includes software glitches or bad updates that affect the function of your operating system), virus and malware issues, file system errors, overwriting of data plus much more. 2. LEVEL 2 – COMPLEX LOGICAL DATA RECOVERY SERVICES: $520+GST. The complexity of data loss can increase based on various factors that go beyond simple logical data loss scenarios. Some of the factors that can contribute to increased complexity in data loss situations include RAID configurations (data loss can become more complex due to the interdependence of multiple drives and potential issues with RAID controllers), file system damage, disk or hardware issues from logical problems (damages sectors, corrupted data which prevents the drive from being read), encrypted data, legal or compliance implications (in certain cases, data loss may involve legal or compliance issues, adding complexity to the recovery process).
  • How does the data recovery process work?
    Wildfire Data Recovery begins each case with a risk-free media evaluation. Our certified and trained Engineers test to see if your device has recoverable data, after which we provide a price quote and estimated turnaround time for the recovery. Based on how complex this recovery is and the level of damage, the time can range from a few days to several weeks. The evaluation we provide here at WDR is no-obligation and we will return your media to you if you decide not to use our services, FREE of charge. We provide free diagnostics with our standard service and stand by our “No data, No recovery fee” guarantee. If you accept the quote, we treat physical media issues with tested and safe technology and utilize a Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom. Engineers will make a copy of your drive and treat logical issues to restore files to a working condition. After the recovery is complete, we will send a list of recovered files and will send your data back on FIPS validated portable storage or on transfer media you provide.
  • When can data recovery be performed and what are some examples of the different forms of data recovery?
    Data recovery is possible on almost any device that can hold data. Data recovery is even possible on cloud based operating systems, servers, locked-out iPhones, and Samsung mobile phones plus much more. All data recovery problems can be placed into one of three categories, logical damage, physical damage, or a combination of the two. Devices with logical problems can be restored using software only or logical solutions. Recovery is also possible for a device that has sustained physical damage (such as dropping a mechanical hard drive from a height). In this case, engineers would use our class 10 ISO 4 clean room to replace the faulty parts and recover your data. Wildfire Data Recovery has successfully recovered data from media that has been burned, submerged in water, and physically damaged. Our forensic toolkit and expertise gives us the edge over other data recovery companies and we can perform data rescues determined to be impossible by others.

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