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    This is pretty random but does anyone have any recommendations for a company or private service that can provide harddrive data recovery services at a reasonable price? I have a 1tb drive that died that has a lot of data on it that I would love to get recovered if possible.
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  • #2
    The good services, the REALLY good services like OnTrack (http://www.krollontrack.com/ps211-data-recovery/?gclid=CK3ypOnplq8CFcqA7QodiGvjDA) are NOT cheap. That's because they disassemble your drive in a Clean Room, mount the platters on a specialized device and read raw data from your damaged media.

    It can easily run over $1000, so you really want to use it for things like company payroll or tax data, court records, forensics evidence, medical data, etc. If you can narrow the important stuff down to just a few folders in the disk, that makes it a lot cheaper.

    OTOH a local PC shop may be able to help you using software-only tools to recover some of the data. We tend to have all sorts of interesting software to get in and repair some basic data structures on a disk so we can read it again, and there are even a few hardware tricks like "The Frozen Drive-sicle" that are commonly used.

    It depends on how important this data is. Expect at least $60/hr from a local guy who knows what he's doing.
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    • #3
      I'm aware of the clean services and I know how much they usually run (my particular drive will cost me $3k for any recovery). I'm just looking for a cheaper service out there. The drive's controller was fried and I'm sitting on a few years worth of data that I can't recover as a result.
      <div class="signaturecontainer">-Denny<br />
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      • #4
        THIS is why I pay the extra measly $50 it costs to get a Glyph drive.

        They cover basic data recovery under warranty.....
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        • #5
          Osiris, in the past, I've had the advantage of working with a user base of thousands of PCs, so my techs have lots of drives pulled from PCs awaiting disposal (we work with identity data, so the drives stay locked up until we destroy them).

          Swapping in a controller board from a similar drive often works. I've found that the exact dash-number version of the boards is usually not necessary for the swap to work. As long as the main part number on the controller board is the same, the drive will usually spin-up and read.

          Is the controller actually fried (as in burnt, charred, combusted) ? If not (no scorched oil & plastic smell) then wrapping the drive in plastic and deep freezing it for 4 hrs may give you a working drive for a few minutes that you can pull data from. Usually you can get about 10 minutes of uptime, refreeze and repeat as needed.

          It sounds like you need to recover everything if Ontrack quoted you $3K. I've had them do recoveries for around $1500 when we had all the stuff in one folder and it was only about 20GB of essential data - the rest we could do without.
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          <font size="2">I play guitar, bass and drums with equal enthusiasm and lack of skill.</font><br />
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          • #6
            The controller board isn't physically burnt or anything along those lines. I'll search for a new controller board but I'm not sure where to start my search. I'll post any progress I have.
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            • #7
              If your HDD can not be seen by the operating system, chances are no tool will help you. In that case, if the data is important, you'll have to take your HD to specialists that will try to retrieve the data.

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              • #8
                I paid about $80 for GetDataBack and it's taken care of most of my recovery needs. Then again, maybe my needs aren't quite the same priority-wise as yours. Or maybe they are the same. That's not my call, but I will say that there are software options out there that may be able to do the job before you call in the pros and pay big bucks for their services.

                *edit* I somehow overlooked that your hard drive is dead. The software I mentioned is good for recovering things that you inadvertently deleted on a functional hard drive. For hardware failures on the other hand I'd go straight the pros, in which case this post of mine is virtually useless. Sorry 'bout that.

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                • #9
                  Y you can't try data recovery software..


                  The controller is fried...
                  <div class="signaturecontainer">-Denny<br />
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                  <a href="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d7/OsirisProtocol/My%20Guitars/PRS%20Singlecut%20Trem%20Sunburst/DSC07882.jpg" target="_blank">PRS Singlecut Trem</a> <br />
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                  <b><font color="RoyalBlue">PRS Crusader</font></b><br />
                  <b><font color="RoyalBlue">Good Transactions:</font></b> astr0z0mb1e2k7, aussy, boonestunes, coolblues309, DJFrank, GuitarNoobie &amp; jjegg</div>

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