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    Data Recovery Services

    Anyone have any experience recovering data from a failed hard drive? There seem to be a lot of companies that do it but I can't seem to find any customer satisfaction ratings or anything like that.

    Long story short...I DO backup my data but I had moved some stuff around and some stuff got deleted from my Mozy account and then my hard drive failed before it got backed up again.



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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    My buddy works here: Data Recovery - Data recovery services and software by Kroll Ontrack
    be warned it is EXPENSIVE, but it is what they do for a living.

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Anyone have any experience recovering data from a failed hard drive? There seem to be a lot of companies that do it but I can't seem to find any customer satisfaction ratings or anything like that.

    Long story short...I DO backup my data but I had moved some stuff around and some stuff got deleted from my Mozy account and then my hard drive failed before it got backed up again.


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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    Depends. Is the failure due to a physical problem or a logical one? If it's mechanical (thinks are clicking, sounds broken) or electrical, you'd probably want to try the pros. If it is logical, then you could try fixing it yourself.

    I've heard both good and bad things about trying to recover access to files using CHKDSK to fix any errors on the disk. Couple years ago, my external decided that it didn't want to load up (the power had gone out while I was playing a game that was loaded on it). The drive would show up on "My Computer" but I couldn't open it. I just went ahead and ran CHKDSK /r from safe mode and it worked. Hard drive has been working fine ever since.

    If you have a lot of valuable data on there, I'd recommend shelling out the money for a professional to look into it.



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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    Quote Originally Posted by edr247 View Post
    Depends. Is the failure due to a physical problem or a logical one? If it's mechanical (thinks are clicking, sounds broken) or electrical, you'd probably want to try the pros. If it is logical, then you could try fixing it yourself.

    I've heard both good and bad things about trying to recover access to files using CHKDSK to fix any errors on the disk. Couple years ago, my external decided that it didn't want to load up (the power had gone out while I was playing a game that was loaded on it). The drive would show up on "My Computer" but I couldn't open it. I just went ahead and ran CHKDSK /r from safe mode and it worked. Hard drive has been working fine ever since.

    If you have a lot of valuable data on there, I'd recommend shelling out the money for a professional to look into it.
    GRC*|*SpinRite 5.0 to 6.0**

    This does a more intensive job of the same thing and I've been able to recover data from drives that were bad.

    However, if the drive is completely hosed, you'll need to spend large $ for recovery.


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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    did you turn your computer off and restart it?

    my laptop just had a nasty virus that affected the OS itself and not just a particular file(s). i gave it my parents to take it to a place in Carroll and they recovered my info off the HD and i got a new HD and it only cost me about $175 for everything



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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeyeh8r View Post
    my laptop just had a nasty virus that affected the OS itself and not just a particular file(s).
    Just out of curiosity, what do you think the OS is made up of?



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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    Must give a second recommendation for SpinRite. Worked wonders for most of my failed drives. Only the worst crashes didn't work (like a laptop that was dropped and the drive heads obviously hit the platters).



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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what do you think the OS is made up of?
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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what do you think the OS is made up of?
    i get what you mean but it attacked the OS files rather than a program file like firefox or chrome

    the smart *** comment is appreciated though



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    Re: Data Recovery Services

    I would try one of these.

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