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Old 07-01-2008, 12:25 PM   #1  
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Hey all, (Happy Canada Day to my fello Canucks Enjoy the day off...or days if you took Monday off too )

As I suggest in the title, I'm looking for some kind of software designed to recover lost data from hard drives. Those of you familiar with my situation will be aware of the why.

I'm now in the process of trying to get back anything I can from my old HDD's (yes plural...as in two ! ) I've been told of such programs available, and some better than others obviously.

Just curious if any of you members have tried any of these recovery processes and with any success ?

Can anyone recommend such software, meaning have they worked for you or someone you know for certain ?

Any help is appreciated everyone. Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-01-2008, 01:18 PM   #2  
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Bump to the top...help wanted
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:34 AM   #3  
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Is this kind of software not popular ?
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:56 AM   #4  
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Bump...again.

Is this kind of software not popular ?
Not really because of various complications. We use a data recovery company that cost a bunch of money because it is usually labor intensive and requires quite a bit of technical knowledge.

Then if the electronics in the drive is damaged, that has to be replaced first and there can be several variants of the electronics for the same model drive!

Due to the cost involved most people will just chunk the drives, unless it is worth the $200 and up cost for recovery.
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Not really because of various complications. We use a data recovery company that cost a bunch of money because it is usually labor intensive and requires quite a bit of technical knowledge.

Then if the electronics in the drive is damaged, that has to be replaced first and there can be several variants of the electronics for the same model drive!

Due to the cost involved most people will just chunk the drives, unless it is worth the $200 and up cost for recovery.
Many of the commercial companies that I am familiar with charge upwards of $1000 for a complete data recovery from a failed HD. Of course, the cost is dependent on the data, reason for failure, size of HD, etc... Then again, they have dedicated clean rooms, etc...

For a consumer based freeware recovery product, I would google "data recovery software" and pick a few reputable ones to try.

If you don't mind spending a few bucks, check out this link:

http://recovery-review.com/

Or my personal recommendation:

http://www.grc.com/sr/faq.htm

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Yes, I think that is probably more typical. The last one we sent ended up just having to have the electronics replaces and they had a board that would work. Seems like it was about $250 and they kept the hard drive and sent us CDs.
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Old 07-04-2008, 11:20 AM   #7  
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Thanks guys, I appreciate your input and suggestions. I'm fairly certain there is nothing "physically" wrong with either HDD. I.E. electronics, platter etc.

The external one for sure is OK, I just accidently reformated approx. 30% of it before I realized my blunder and stopped the format process.

I'll do the google search first and see what I can find.

My original internal HDD is very valuable to my wife and I as it has many family photo's etc. That would be something I'd consider having professionally worked on. I'll try the external drive first by myself since it is mostly just music I already have backed up, but it also has all my hockey archived articles etc which I hadn't got around to backing up yet I'd like to recover all if possible.


I never new screwing up my HDD was so easy, ha ha !

Thanks again folks. Have a safe and happy 4th. down there y'all !

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Old 07-06-2008, 01:44 PM   #8  
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Hey everyone. I did find a program thru a google search called "Recover My Files". Pretty easy to remember. I think it is working, but one should have another computer to work from once the recovery process starts I'll warn you.

I started the progran on Friday around noon ( I think ) and it is currently at about 80%, clocking in at around 49 hours so far. It seems to be working though, touch wood. I know I had roughly 38,000 music files on that HDD and it shows approx. 36000 located so far.

The good part is I don't pay a cent until I know it has worked for sure. They tell me once the recovery has completed I can open the files and varify they are genuine and in tack. If so, I then pay $59.95 before given permission to save them to my other HDD.

I really hope it works, I can then use this same program to recover my pictures etc. off the other old internal HDD.

I'll let you know, I expect it'll be complete in another 12 hrs. or so. If it works I'll be very happy, maybe even dancing.

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That's some great news. From the time it is taking, you can see why it would cost to hire someone to do it for you.
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Yes, exactly ! Good point.

I do appreciate those who charge for this kind of service, I just like to try the do-it-yourself route prior to giving up my money, as I'm sure you can relate, ha ha !

I'm grateful for experts when needed though.

Also grateful to you and your suggestions btw rbinck.

My wife and I are now heading out on this awesome weather day to the lake on our boat, see you later.

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Old 07-14-2008, 01:47 PM   #11  
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I had pretty good experience with GetDataBack
If your HDD's still working, then you use this type of software to do it yourself at home for alot cheaper....49 hrs seems like your HDD is in very bad shape. The scanning time is depend on the size of the HDD and the working condition of the drive. I had to scan a drive for little a week once.

It's very useful for camera's memory card. ...b/c sometime you delete/format the card and then realize that you did not download the pictures to you pc yet.
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I have recentaly lost my data due to virus attack.I have used Stellar Phoenix data recovery software.This software is very easy to use and provides complete data recovery solution.You can try this software may be it will help you out to solve your problem.
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The best thing is to have good backups on other hard drives. Recovery is not easy so it is best to have important files well backed up on another drive then even if your drive completely fails you're safe.
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This Software is really great, as its advanced and powerful based algorithms just solves all the problems of corruption. The Software can be easily made used.
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Try a freeware program called Recuva. I've had good sucess in recovering files after reformatting and then realizing I didn't save wanted files. I have found that some other programs do find more lost data, but when you try to recover, it fails.

First thing to do when you need to recover files is to turn off the computer, remove the HDD and put it in another computer. Then use Recuva the try to recover the files. Never recover to the same disc. You risk overwriting files that you want to recover. Once they are overwritten, even overwritten just one time, you are usually out of luck.
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