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Old 12-29-11, 09:17 AM
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Anybody have success with data recovery companies?

A coworkers external hard drive has died and it won't even spin up, have anybody have any success at companies that do data recovery?

There seems like there is a ton of companies out there, I'm looking for a good recommendation.

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Old 12-29-11, 09:33 AM
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Re: Anybody have success with data recovery companies?

I have, although I imagine it will be hard for a specific recommendation based on your location. It costs a few grand, but the few times we've had to bring a drive in at work they were able to recover everything we needed.
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Re: Anybody have success with data recovery companies?

I have some data recovery tools here and I will try it out first, but the way the end user is talking the drive does not even spin up; if the electronics are dead that is past my ability for recovery.

I'm in Pennsylvania, and the end user already has a quote from Seagate for $1200.
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Re: Anybody have success with data recovery companies?

Freezer trick!

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Old 12-29-11, 05:51 PM
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Re: Anybody have success with data recovery companies?

I thought at one point seagate owned ontrack or something like that, so if he has a quote from seagate, this may ultimately be the same company

http://www.krollontrack.com/data-recovery/

Use them all the time due to people being too lazy/stupid to backup their data. Maybe 1 out of 100 they are not able to recover ALL the data, but they always get something Very pricey though.
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Re: Anybody have success with data recovery companies?

Originally Posted by stevevt View Post
Freezer trick!

(Use the Google.)
Yeah, especially for no-spinup. Maybe the oven trick or the kick trick if the freezer doesn't work.

I'd sure take it out of the enclosure first and see if it works in another one.
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