Here is some important information about Data Recovery:
Data recovery labs advertising on-line are not actually in Virginia and probably not even on the East coast. Most labs are in Texas, California and Illinois. They ADVERTISE using a Virginia business address they rent from Regus or similar companies to make it appear as if they are local. They are not. (Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with Regus.)
Data Recovery is always an attempt. There is no guarantee. Unfortunately, data recovery doesn’t always work. There are cases when the data is irretrievably lost. In some cases, only a portion of the data is recoverable.
Each data loss situation is unique. In many cases, there are only a few files which cannot be recovered. Certain conditions will prevent any data recovery. As an example, if the data platters in a hard drive are damaged badly, no one will able to recover the data.
Lies. No one can promise data recovery. No one can promise more data recovery than someone else. Statistics and percentages are.. not reliable.
Data Recovery Lab costs: When a drive must be rebuilt with new parts you need a certified clean lab. A single hard drive recovery from a lab averages about $1800. Prices vary wildly and can quickly inflate from there.
Be wary of out of state labs offering tempting, low flat-rates, and be especially wary of any lab advertising $199 recovery. If you carefully read their terms, you will see there are many reasons they can and will raise the price after you send them the drive.
Which devices can data be recovered from?
Data can be recovered from most any type of storage device, including laptop and desktop hard drives, SSDs, server drives, thumb drives, mobile phones, and more.
- Laptop Hard Drives
- USB flash drives/thumb drives
- SD and micro SD cards / Camera flash cards
- External Hard Drives
- Portable Hard Drives
- Solid State Drives
- RAID/ NAS/ SAN
- Smart Phones
- Servers and NAS
- Virtual Machines
The kind of data recovery that must be done in an ISO-certified clean lab or on specialized equipment is for hard drives that either do not work or require a more extensive recovery process. This may also be necessary for government hard drives which must be repaired in facilities meeting strict SOC certification.
- Dropped Hard Drive
- Hard Drive Motor Failure
- Read/Write heads failure
- Power Loss, Surge or electrical damage
- Ticking or Clicking hard drives
- Physically damaged hard drives
- Lost Encryption keys
- Ransomware Encryption
- RAID failure
- Water/Liquid or Fire damage
- Broken USB flash drives
What to expect:
- An indefinite price or price range until they can diagnose the drives and give you a proper, firm quote.
- Usually their is no charge for shipping to and/or from the lab. Check carefully.
- There is an additional cost for the transfer drive. When the data is recovered, it is put on this new drive and shipped to you.
- Roughly two weeks before getting your data back. Priority service is an extra cost.
Questions to ask any data recovery lab before you decide:
- What happens if they come back with a quote much higher than expected and I choose not to go forward?
- What if they cannot recover data? Do they offer a No recovery-no fee guarantee?
- What if they only recover a partial amount of the data?
- What is the turn-around time? How long will this take, including the shipping time?
- Is priority service available and how much more does that cost?
- Will my old drive(s) be returned to me? In what condition?
- Are there any other additional costs?
- Who will be your point of contact?
- Ask for a discount. They may offer military or senior discounts.
- Get everything promised in writing.
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