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DriveSavers, Inc.
Type Private
Industry Data Recovery
Digital Forensics
Founded 1985
Founders Jay Hagan, Scott Gaidano
Headquarters Novato, California
Key people Jay Hagan, CEO
Scott Moyer, President

DriveSavers, Inc. is a computer hardware data recovery, digital forensics and eDiscovery firm located in Novato, California.[1][2] It was founded by CEO Jay Hagan and former company President Scott Gaidano in 1985.[3][4][5]


In 1985 former Jasmine Technologies executives Jay Hagan and Scott Gaidano founded DriveSavers, operating from Gaidano’s condo with $1,400.[4][3][4][5][6] DriveSavers originally offered both hard drive repair and data recovery services, but the company dropped its drive repair services within its first eight months.[5] In 1992, DriveSavers signed an agreement with SuperMac Technology to assume technical support and warranty obligations for SuperMac Mass Storage Products.[7]

The company merged with Data Recovery Disk Repair in 1994 and retained the DriveSavers name.[4] In 2008, DriveSavers invested two million dollars to build a series of five ISO-certified cleanrooms, to diassemble and rebuild damaged hard drives.[8][1][4][6] From 2004-2009, the company grew from 35 to 85 employees.[9]


DriveSavers is a "top-of-the-range" data recovery service. On average it can recover 90 percent of the files from a non-functioning storage device.[9] Recovering data from an iPhone can cost between $500 to $1,400.[10] It has a positive and well-respected reputation. 70 percent of its clients are corporations. It also works with "the more secretive" branches of government and celebrities.[3][9]

DriveSavers is the only recovery firm licensed with every major hard-drive manufacturer, so their work on a drive does not void the warranty.[3] It can recover data from hard disk drives, solid state drives, smart phones, servers, digital camera media and iOS devices.[8][2][11][12][13] DriveSavers is certified HIPAA-compliant, undergoes annual SOC2 Type II reviews and has encryption training certificates from GuardianEdge, PGP, PointSec and Utimaco.[1][14]


  1. ^ a b c Alex Wawro (June 5, 2013). "Smash smartphone. Throw it in the ocean. Hope DriveSavers doesn’t get it.". PC World. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mat Honan (August 17, 2012). "Mat Honan: How I Resurrected My Digital Life After an Epic Hacking". Wired. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Chris Taylor (June 3, 2003). "Fried Your Drive?". Time. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Tony C. Yang (August 31, 2008). "Saving the day by saving data". San Francisco Business Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Christine Kilpatrick (April 9, 2000). "Cyber-saviors". San Francisco Business Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Rik Myslewski (August 29, 2008). "Profile: DriveSavers stays true to data-recovery roots". MacWorld. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Mark H. Anbinder (September 14, 1992). "SuperMac & DriveSavers". TidBITS. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Neil J. Rubenking (March 10, 2010). "Inside the DriveSavers Clean Rooms". PC Magazine. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Chris Taylor (October 26, 2009). "The tech catastrophe you're ignoring". Fortune. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ Suzanne Choney (July 15, 2009). "Smartphone 'whoops!' is painful and expensive". NBC News. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ David Dahlquist (April 21, 2010). "DriveSavers Adds IPad Data Recovery Service". PCWorld. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ Andy Ihnatko (September 19, 2012). "The camera from the bottom of the lagoon". TechHive. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ Neil J. Rubenking (April 11, 2008). "What Drives Can DriveSavers Save?". PC Magazine. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ "DriveSavers Answers Your Data Recovery Questions". FileSlinger. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 

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