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    I work for a training outfit and someone is asking about a training module for troubleshooting and repairing HDDs and CD/DVD drives. This sounds silly, but it's a big opportunity if such things actually happen. I think I know the answers here, but thought I should toss this out to some of you who might have better experience...

    Setting OS issues aside, are HDDs ever repaired outside the manufacturer's labs? Does any literature exist to discuss this either way? How would I get such literature?

    Is it possible to peel off the HDD cover and replace it with clear plastic? Clean room probably, drive doesn't need to be too reliable here, it's just a demo.

    CD/DVDs? They have never been repaired, have they?

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    I doubt you'll find anything meaningful.
    CD/DVD players are so cheap it would hardly be worth the effort, and the cost.
    HDDs are similar, expensive to have data recovered professionally but not worth the effort to actually repair and reuse.
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    HD's do some self-repair of sectors with programs like HDDRegen, but it's not visible to the eye. Checkdisk will repair bad file areas, but again it's not visible. Troubleshooting is a different topic altogether, as it's really software repair.
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