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Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
« on: November 24, 2011, 10:41:38 pm »
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 07:39:29 am »
    Do a Google search, but most aren't cheap. If the drive runs at all, try some "free" data recovery programs.

    My best advice is DON"T take it to the GEEK SQUAD.  My brother's computer crashed, but the drive was good. I told him to buy a new computer, and put his old drive in it, and just copoy his data to the new drive. But NO, he took it to the Geek Squad, and they hooked it to their data recovery machine, and fried the drive  >:(
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 12:06:27 pm »
    Do a Google search, but most aren't cheap. If the drive runs at all, try some "free" data recovery programs.

    My best advice is DON"T take it to the GEEK SQUAD.  My brother's computer crashed, but the drive was good. I told him to buy a new computer, and put his old drive in it, and just copoy his data to the new drive. But NO, he took it to the Geek Squad, and they hooked it to their data recovery machine, and fried the drive  >:(

    Geek Squad, yeah right!!!   {lol}

    That's like Staples who want like 1600 bucks right off the bat.   {flipoff}

    I have quote requests in with a couple of services right now.  We'll see what happens...

    Tried a PC board swap to no avail.  I'm not stupid enough to break the seals and open up the case, however.

    Thanks for your input, 16FW!!!   ;D
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 02:32:58 pm »

    That's like Staples who want like 1600 bucks right off the bat.   {flipoff}


    That really isn't a bad quote (I hate to say it).  While it was business related; I had to have 1 recovered for a customer back in June and it was $2,400.

    What is wrong...does you PC not come on or did the drive fail but the PC can not boot?

    I have recovered data from failed PC's (i.e. hard drive didn't fail) by taking the hard drive and putting it in an external hard drive case and simply accessing it via another computer...very cheap recovery option...

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    « Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 07:23:38 am »
    That really isn't a bad quote (I hate to say it).  While it was business related; I had to have 1 recovered for a customer back in June and it was $2,400.

    What is wrong...does you PC not come on or did the drive fail but the PC can not boot?

    I have recovered data from failed PC's (i.e. hard drive didn't fail) by taking the hard drive and putting it in an external hard drive case and simply accessing it via another computer...very cheap recovery option...

    I appreciate your response, SLS.  Thanks!!!   :)

    Yeah, I can use a simple IDE/SATA to USB adapter to read good hard drives out of failed computers.  The drive in question is an old Quantum Bigfoot TX with a single platter and head assembly so, at the worst, I don't believe I'm looking at anything over $500 here.  It is not recognized by the original Windows 98 machine it came in, or my current PC, and definitely needs to be sent in.   :(

    What company did you utilize to recover the data from your customer's drive and were you satisfied with their service?   ;D
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 09:04:06 pm »
    If I'm not mistaken it was Secure Data Recovery..they have an office in Washington DC...we had to have someone a security clearance and sign an NDA and a dozen other papers (that is why I had the caveat when I mentioned the price)

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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #6 on: November 27, 2011, 11:23:35 am »
    Priced this procedure once , Cheapst I found was $700 and you have to tell them info you are looking to save and there is no guarrantee they will recover it all.
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011, 04:35:34 pm »
    I used CBL up in Canada a few years ago when the hard drive crashed on my computer while I was on a jobsite and it was only then that our IT guys noticed that our back-up routine had not been functioning properly for my machine for almost 8 months!  So, none of the data for the work I had been doing was getting backed up.  Cost about $1500 to get it recovered and it didn't matter how much they got (they ended up getting everything). 
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #8 on: November 29, 2011, 09:46:20 am »
    Let me check my laptop at lunch, Pete. I have a Hard Drive recovery program on it from when my old laptop died.. The trial was free, but I believe it cost me like $90 for the full version of the program and damn did it work good!

    The first thing I ever used it on was a 250gb USB External (Western Digital "My Book") that my cousin "accidentally" formatted when he was browsing my playlists on my laptop (the usb drive was connected) I quickly realized what he did and disconnected the drive, but it was "blank" & unreadable.  The program retrieved 600gb worth of stuff off the 250gb drive  :o  ??? It even brought back files that had long since been deleted off the drive.  I think I might have lost 2% of the files, but it managed to recover most of the drive

    I'll get you the name of the program during my lunch break.
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #9 on: November 29, 2011, 10:25:48 am »
    we've used this free program to grab some stuff off of a formatted hard drive a couple of times--
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva

    it might work - worth a shot anyway (well, unless this is highly-sensitive data then i'd just go ahead and send it to a data recovery service.  last time we sent one off it was around $2500.).

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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #10 on: November 29, 2011, 01:09:22 pm »
    Data recovery just depends on how the hard drive died.
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    « Reply #11 on: November 30, 2011, 09:09:15 am »
    Thanks again, guys!!!  Yeah, I believe I'm dealing with a bad head here so any recovery programs most likely won't do me any good at this time.  Here's a video featuring another 4.0GB Bigfoot drive which pretty much mimics the symptoms mine is experiencing...


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    So far, the lowest quote I've received is $750 as long as I furnish another similar drive for repair parts.   ;D
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #12 on: December 31, 2011, 04:55:10 pm »
    I appreciate your response, SLS.  Thanks!!!   :)

    Yeah, I can use a simple IDE/SATA to USB adapter to read good hard drives out of failed computers.  The drive in question is an old Quantum Bigfoot TX with a single platter and head assembly so, at the worst, I don't believe I'm looking at anything over $500 here.  It is not recognized by the original Windows 98 machine it came in, or my current PC, and definitely needs to be sent in.   :(

    What company did you utilize to recover the data from your customer's drive and were you satisfied with their service?   ;D
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    Would a bigfoot TS 8.4G help you any? I just found a new sealed up one (In box) in my Dads garage. I cut the cellophane wrapper off to see what it was.
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    « Reply #13 on: December 31, 2011, 06:43:55 pm »
    Hey Pete.
    Would a bigfoot TS 8.4G help you any? I just found a new sealed up one (In box) in my Dads garage. I cut the cellophane wrapper off to see what it was.

    No, it wouldn't, George, but thanks anyway.  You might want to put the drive on eBay though.  Someone else might be able to use it.

    I'm supposed to try match both a series/revision number and country of origin.   ;D
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #14 on: December 31, 2011, 08:42:33 pm »
    No, it wouldn't, George, but thanks anyway.  You might want to put the drive on eBay though.  Someone else might be able to use it.

    I'm supposed to try match both a series/revision number and country of origin.   ;D

    on the same note - i have either a 4gb or 6.4 gb (i think) bigfoot in my office.  it is used - no idea of its condition but if it will help and you can use it i'll send it to you (im off work until the 9th)

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    Re: Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #15 on: December 31, 2011, 09:59:05 pm »
    I do pc repair and restore send it my way

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    I do pc repair and restore send it my way

    Thanks Neo, but the drive needs to go to a clean room.   ;D
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    Re: Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery Companies
    « Reply #17 on: May 26, 2013, 10:35:54 am »
    Let me check my laptop at lunch, Pete. I have a Hard Drive recovery program on it from when my old laptop died.. The trial was free, but I believe it cost me like $90 for the full version of the program and damn did it work good!

    The first thing I ever used it on was a 250gb USB External (Western Digital "My Book") that my cousin "accidentally" formatted when he was browsing my playlists on my laptop (the usb drive was connected) I quickly realized what he did and disconnected the drive, but it was "blank" & unreadable.  The program retrieved 600gb worth of stuff off the 250gb drive  :o  ??? It even brought back files that had long since been deleted off the drive.  I think I might have lost 2% of the files, but it managed to recover most of the drive

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