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Hard Drive Data Recovery

Posted by: Alan B.      23 Jul 2008 @ 08:47
Hard Drive Data Recovery

Does anyone have experience of a specialist hard drive data recovery service that they are prepared to share? I have a hard drive that is dead to the point of invisibility (not recognised by the BIOS) and which has resisted any tricks I know to revive it. I am aware that some PCIQ Professionals offer a data recovery service but I imagine they subcontract to a specialist.

Reply by: Richard B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Edinburgh, EH1      23 Jul 2008 @ 09:13
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Our company offers a data recovery service and we tend to do most of it in-house.

If the hard drive isn't being recognised by the BIOS then it is (more than likely) the controller that has gone which will mean replacing the electronics on the hard drive.

When I have had to use an external company then it has been http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/

Warning - Data recovery is now cheap. Expect to pay a good few hundred pounds for this service.

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Reply by: Richard B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Edinburgh, EH1      23 Jul 2008 @ 09:15
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Ah, I've just realised who posted this message. Morning Alan B!

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      23 Jul 2008 @ 09:29
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Good morning Richard and thank you. Presumably to replace the electronics you need to sacrifice an identical (working) hard drive? I know that the specialists cost a great deal and I have never yet had a client whose need was great enough to pay these large sums. But I would like to be prepared.

I myself have always been successful with data recovery on drives that are correctly recognised by the BIOS but I have been defeated by drives that are not recognised or where some sort of firmware error causes the drive to be misidentified. What is the scope of your data recovery services?

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Reply by: Richard B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Edinburgh, EH1      23 Jul 2008 @ 10:01
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Yep, you'll need an identical hard drive so that you can move the controller from the good drive to the faulty one. Be VERY careful as there are some small and thin ribbon cables connecting to the HDD chassis.

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Reply by: Richard B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Edinburgh, EH1      23 Jul 2008 @ 10:05
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

The scope of the recovery service is pretty much the same as yours. I think in all these years (7!) I've only come across 2 or 3 drives that I have had to send away and they were all due to the electronics.

Let someone else's insurance worry about the data!

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Reply by: Richard B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Birmingham, B1      23 Jul 2008 @ 11:26
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Sod's law, the hard drive that I'm working on today will have to go off for mechanical recovery!

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      23 Jul 2008 @ 15:56
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

You were absolutely right, Richard. I took the circuit board off and there was a very obviously burnt-out component. Now all I need is an identical hard drive to perform a transplant!!!

Anybody have a spare Samsung MP0402H (2.5" IDE 40G)?

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      23 Jul 2008 @ 20:23
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

I tried that trick once and quickly discovered that different batches of the "same" drive model can have completely different circuit boards and drive geometry. If I get another one to fix I'm passing it on ASAP!

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      5 Aug 2008 @ 17:01
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Just for posterity, I was eventually able to buy a secong hand hard drive (via eBay) that was the same model and just a month older than the one I was trying to repair. Transplanting the circuit board from this drive to the faulty one did the trick and I was able to recover the data.

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Reply by: Abrienne J.      27 Dec 2017 @ 09:27
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Hard Drive Data Recovery is an comprehensive solutions for corrupt, lost data from Windows Files and Folders. This data recovery software definitely will retrieves your deleted files, photos, music, video, audio, emails and more in just few clicks.
Read more from here:
https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-recover-permanently-deleted-files-on-a-desktop-without-using-any-software/answer/Abrienne-Jonethen

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Reply by: Abrienne J.      27 Dec 2017 @ 09:27
RE: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Hard Drive Data Recovery is an comprehensive solutions for corrupt, lost data from Windows Files and Folders. This data recovery software definitely will retrieves your deleted files, photos, music, video, audio, emails and more in just few clicks.
Read more from here:
https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-recover-permanently-deleted-files-on-a-desktop-without-using-any-software/answer/Abrienne-Jonethen

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