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    Data Recovery

    Has anyone used a data recovery firm?

    If so who would you suggest, and how much did it cost you?

    I'm looking to recover an entire 80Gb HDD and have asked for a quote from a company called 'ontrack'.
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    I've used both ontrack and Vogon. Both have been fine.

    Work reasons so I dont know costs.

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    Never used one but i seem to remember some figure along the lines of about 5-600 quid ??

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    I think we recovered about 10-30GB and it was something in the region of £400...

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    If that's the case it would be cheaper if I bought the tools and did it myself.
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    Data recovery is indeed mind buggeringly expensive. Every time I tell a user who demands it becuase their work is "So important and critical to the company" just exactly how much it's going to cost the company (bearing in mind his FD will need to approve it) it suddenly becomes a lot less critical

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamangman View Post
    If that's the case it would be cheaper if I bought the tools and did it myself.
    The price will also depend how much data there is, and what type of failure/fault there was.

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    its not going to help you in this case but this is why it can be so vital to take regular backups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic View Post
    The price will also depend how much data there is, and what type of failure/fault there was.
    Indeed. I am hoping it's just the firmware that's gone to buggery, but I will still undoubtedly be charged an arm and a leg.

    I do have a regular backup regime, but in this instance it proved not to be regular enough.
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    One of the firms may not charge too much for a clean room diagnostic... then they will be able to give you an estimate of the full costs.

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    Well ontrack want to charge me £75 for a diagnostic and between £395 and £995 for any recoverable data dependant upon complexity.
    To err is human. To really foul things up ... you need a computer.

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    £75 sounds about right.

    Data recovery is expensive.

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    You have to think what the value of the data you are trying to recover is

    if its your livelyhood , then a few hundred quid is nothing !
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    Indeed, the instance I was referring to was about 6yrs of emails, 3-4yrs of research papers + personal notes and the last 7months of current research.

    That is a lot of important data to a university professor.

    Needless to say he bought himself some space on the universities SAN after he got the recovered data back!

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    It will cost you at least £450
    Last edited by UniRecovery; 01-10-2006 at 12:29 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UniRecovery View Post
    Stop Pimping Your Business!
    nice constructive thread there, not


    i assume the drive isnt accessable on another pc as a slave, thats a silly high price i work ina pc shop never knew it was that much

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