close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

HD recovery service recommendations

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by g29andy, Dec 9, 2008.


  1. g29andy

    g29andy
    Expand Collapse
    CLM

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2001
    2,686
    43
    family member has a dead laptop due to lightning strike. I tried mounting the HD in a USB enclosure, only clicking noises. Shut it off immediately.

    Got a quote from one of the HD recovery companies---$995.
    Don't think it's worth it for just a few digital photograph files.

    Anyone have experience with more, ahem, reasonable HD recovery services?
     

    Wanna kill these ads? We can help!
  2. srhoades

    srhoades
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2000
    2,798
    10
    That seems reasonable to me. If you understood the process you would understand the cost. They dissasemble the drive in a clean room and and re-assemble it with working parts.
     

  3. Blitzer

    Blitzer
    Expand Collapse
    Cool Cat

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2004
    12,111
    0
    Location:
    The communist's play ground of OHIO
    Nothing unusual about the price, costly procedure, they basically scrap a good hard drive to recover yours and have the know how.
     
  4. ND40oz

    ND40oz
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    232
    0
    Location:
    N. Yorkshire/Denver
    Put it in a ziplock freezer bag and stick it in the freezer. Once it's nice and cold, slave it to something and try to copy the data off, you won't have much time to do it, so go straight for the files you need.
     
  5. g29andy

    g29andy
    Expand Collapse
    CLM

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2001
    2,686
    43
    Not worth the cost for .jpg snapshots from a P&S camera. Thanks for the info guys.
     
  6. g29andy

    g29andy
    Expand Collapse
    CLM

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2001
    2,686
    43
    What the hell, I don't have anything to lose.
     
  7. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak
    Expand Collapse
    KO Windows

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2001
    25,699
    982
    Location:
    Indiana
    I've never done this before, but a friend of mine had some files of hers saved on a PC in this manner by a PC tech that came to her house.

    IGF
     
  8. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz
    Expand Collapse
    Annoying Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    2,195
    8
    Location:
    West Columbia, South Carolina
    I've used the freezer tip a couple of times and it actually "fixed" the harddrives long enough to recover the data I was after ... like ND40oz said do it quick because once it heats up you're finished.
     
  9. g29andy

    g29andy
    Expand Collapse
    CLM

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2001
    2,686
    43
    still wouldn't mount after freezing, but at least it beeped instead of clicking.
     
  10. byf43

    byf43
    Expand Collapse
    NRA Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2006
    11,692
    277
    Location:
    Southern Maryland

    This works!!!!!

    I had a WD external 160 GB HDD go bad. Clicking sounds. .. period.

    Put it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
    Put back in enclosure. . . it spun right up.

    Copied the files.
    Formatted external HDD.
    Removed it and took it to the range.