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Any Recommendations for Data Recovery Specialists?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by UncleBeard, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. UncleBeard

    UncleBeard Nibble Poster

    My brother's PC is not booting and the SATA HDD drive has failed. Doesn't sound like it is even spinning.

    I have tried a different drive on the SATA and Power cables and that was recognised, so I know it's not the motherboard or cables.

    Have also tried connecting the drive to the other 3 unused SATA ports just in case and it still doesn't work.

    I was looking at this bunch Datatrack Labs : Data Recovery UK and wondered if anyone has used them before?

    Or if anyone has any other recommendations?

    Thanks in advance for the other suggestions I'm likely to receive :biggrin
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  2. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    If you have an identical working drive you could try swapping the pcb from it onto the failed drive, and see if it will spin up. The pcb is usually attached with about 6 torx head screws. I've had success with this method in the past.

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  3. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

    Agreed. If you don't hear the drive spinning, it's probably the PCB which went out. Find an identical disks and swap them around. I've also been succesful in fixing a diks using this method.

    Data recovery specialists can be very, very expensive if they need to start opening up the disk and removing the platesand so on... But they'd probably also start off by changing the PCB's in this case. It's manual labour however and that's always more expensive than if you bought an identical disk in order to do the same thing (just make sure to use an antistatic wristband on you).
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  4. Toasty

    Toasty Byte Poster


    We use DiskLabs at work for data recovery. As Shinigami said it is expensive, about £400 starting price if I remember correctly.

    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011
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  5. SimonD
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    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    Of course you do advocate the use of backups for just this purpose don't you?

    You should never be in a position that the loss of a single hard disk means that you lose any data that you want to keep, even better use a cloud based backup solution as well as home based and it makes life even easier.
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  6. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    We used this company at work recently ( Data Recovery Lab ). It was for someone who's laptop hard disk had become faulty and his most recent backup was on a damaged DVD. Anyway, it was £540 inc vat for the recovery and they managed to get back everything he wanted.
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