Data recovery question


Old 01-17-09, 04:31 PM
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Data recovery question

Does anyone have any positive experience with a reasonably-priced and secure data recovery service? Had a hard drive go down, and of course, backups somehow were incomplete. Lost 100's of digital photos I'd love to get back. Thanks for any recommendations.
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Yes, I have had a recovery done by CBL data and I was very happy. It was not cheap but the hard drive was completely dead (it was a lightning strike that happened during a storm, damaging the electrical components inside the drive).

However, you might be able to access the drive yourself. What kind of computer is it (laptop, desktop, operating system used, make/model etc) and what exactly is it doing or not doing?

If the computer detects the drive but the operating system won't boot, chances are good that you can recover the photos yourself.

If the computer acts like it has no idea there is a hard drive installed, you probably can't do it yourself.

If the computer won't even come on, the problem may not be with the disk, but some other component.

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I know this is unrelated, but after you get your files back, you might try Mozy to keep your files backed up. It's $5 a month for unlimited backup.
Old 01-19-09, 04:41 PM
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Just askin".............Did you try to connect the hard drive as a slave?
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Try using Ultimate Boot CD - Overview I have used some of the utilities to recover a damaged hard drive and copy it to another.
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Thanks for your posts. The drive was doing a lot of thrashing, and then refused to boot. I got errors indicating a problem with the MBR, and tried repairing it. I was able to access it as a slave, and using recovery software, I could see some of the drive. I was unable to clone it, and couldn't see parts of the partition (of course, the ones I wanted). I don't want to risk firing it up again, for fear that I may be damaging the platters, rendering it useless. The drive is still under warranty, but I have concerns about shipping off a drive that also may have financial data, etc. on it. Then, there's the cost of using a recovery service...
Old 01-20-09, 06:21 PM
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Remember, from this date forward, you will do the following:

Back up data too:


Flash drive

Network storage

This all can be done autonomously. You set the frequency of backups, the folders, etc and it will do back it all up. I learned this the hard way a few years ago when our hard drive crashed with all our childrens photo's on it.

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