Here are some facts you need to know about Data Recovery:
Data Recovery is always an attempt. The first fact you need to know is that there is no guarantee, 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.
No one can truthfully promise data recovery or more recovery than someone else.
Be wary of low prices. The next fact to know is that it can be very expensive, depending on the conditions, the number of drives involved, the type of damage and so forth.
In most cases, however, a single drive recovery is less than $1500.
Be wary of 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 sent them the drive.
We recommend Drive Savers
Which devices can data be recovered from?
Data can be recovered from most any type of storage device, including hard drives, SSDs, thumb drives, mobile phones, and more.
- Computer and 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
Some data recovery can be done inexpensively by our experienced Computer Pros if the hard drive is still operating normally.
Some examples are lost passwords, accidentally deleted data, and accidental formatting.
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.
- Drive Savers does not charge for shipping to and/or from the lab.
- Don’t forget the additional cost of the transfer drive. When the data is recovered, it is put on this new drive and shipped to you.
What to ask before you ship your drives:
- 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 or in an email.
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