Another post in less than two minutes! Hope I am not becoming a "post-wh0re".
My brother lives in the UK and just lost a hard drive in his Dell 4550 computer. It's replaced now, but the other had a stack of important information for his business on it. Bottom line is, he needs it back! He got a few quotes on data recovery and they're wanting 800 pounds minimum for the operation and 95 pounds just for a diagnostic! Yes, $2,400, AUS dollars for the operation - worth more than his computer! I knew this type of operation was expensive and stuff... Anyway, he is sending it over here and hoping somewhere might be cheaper.
So I'm hoping someone knows of some places and/or costs of this.
Originally Posted by Sundeep
Eh Yagz, suck my left teste mate I'll have boost for $1k, even if it is only 1 pound.
That does sound about right. What they do is effectively perform surgery on the hard disk. They'll probably need to take it apart and install the platters into an identical drive that works (they might een eed to buy a new one for this). Or maybe just replace the heads or whatever failed.
In the end he needs to decide which he can afford: the loss of the data or the financial outlay to get it back. And getting it back is not guaranteed, either.
In hindsight, you might want to mention the benefits of backups to him. A CD burner costs pittance nowadays. :-)
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Visit this forum and a post a thread in the appropriate place. There is plenty of guys and gals who will be sure to give you a hand. May not be able to tell you how to do it yourself, but will probably know someone a lot cheaper.
The money sounds right to me, it is not an easy process to recover data, and can range from building up the plates into a new hard drive and getting the data (done in a dust free room) to rebuilding all the 0 and 1's into a readable format again depending on how bad the disk is.
Bottom line- just how impoortant is the data to get back.
Backups can never have to many backups - CD burner CDRW cheap and good.
I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think
It could also be a controller board failure, which would be pretty easy to replace if you had an identical drive, or could get one. I'd expect to pay a few hundred dollars over here, don't know about 1000's though.
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