Some Things Cannot Be Recovered
As in any other industry, there are certain sets of circumstances that can render your data completely unrecoverable. Below is an image of the inside of a hard drive that graphically displays the extreme far end of exactly such a situation.
When I first received this drive, I noticed it sounded like a metal rain stick when I rocked it back and forth. Or perhaps more accurately, a maracca. This is not a good thing. I opened it up and found the top platter shattered into hundreds of pieces (a case of a dire need for some anger management…)
We shot extensive photos and video of this, as it was so extreme, I wanted it thoroughly documented as a classic example of What Not To Do.