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    looking for company recovering data from hard disk that stopped being recognized by WinXP. Lots of photographs on it etc. Clicking noise is all we get....

    Data Clean Quote: £95+ VAT upfront + £390 + VAT to recover and send back on DVD's

    Ontrack's quote is quite vague: £75+VAT and £400-950 + VAT

    can you recommend reliable company cheaper?

    cheers

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    Im sure if you know someone who knows pcs will know how to do that themselves wouldnt they?about 2 years ago my hard disk went kaput and wouldnt work and got my cousings boyfriend to recover everything from it, so there must be others way?

    I am afraid that if all you are getting is clicking noise and HDD isn't recognized in BIOS, then no friend who knows PCs would help.

    Our company used Ontrack several times and we were quite impressed by results. They are certainly not cheap but well worths it.

    bkpetr

    looking for company recovering data from hard disk that stopped being … looking for company recovering data from hard disk that stopped being recognized by WinXP. Lots of photographs on it etc. Clicking noise is all we get....Data Clean Quote: £95+ VAT upfront + £390 + VAT to recover and send back on DVD'sOntrack's quote is quite vague: £75+VAT and £400-950 + VATcan you recommend reliable company cheaper?cheers


    Yes the clicking noise is the telltale sign that the read/write arm has probably slipped off the end of the platter....what brand of hard drive is it???..just so I can add that to my avoid list...have you tried shaking the drive firmly in a downward direction....that is with the read/write arm at the top (it is normally on the right hand side of the drive as you view it from the top) so you are trying to shake it back onto the platter..I succeeeded doing this once with a IMB deathstar..and managed to save the data before ditching the drive.

    I also take it you have tried setting it up as a slave with another drive as the master to see if it is recognised then.....I have been through this myself about 4 years ago and know how you feel.

    Since my experience I have regularly backed up all my data on an external drive...all I can do is wish you all the best with your data recovery.

    is the drive a Excelstor??

    bkpetr

    looking for company recovering data from hard disk that stopped being … looking for company recovering data from hard disk that stopped being recognized by WinXP. Lots of photographs on it etc. Clicking noise is all we get....Data Clean Quote: £95+ VAT upfront + £390 + VAT to recover and send back on DVD'sOntrack's quote is quite vague: £75+VAT and £400-950 + VATcan you recommend reliable company cheaper?cheers



    Hold the drive about 4 inches off the carpet and drop.
    Install back into your PC upside down.

    This has worked for me on a few occasions and may give you enough time to retrieve the data.

    Original Poster

    cheers for advice guys, yes we tried slaving it, no luck, will have a go at shaking it and see

    it is for my friend, he just bought USB drive to back it all up...typical

    Western Digital Caviar, quite old

    bkpetr

    cheers for advice guys, yes we tried slaving it, no luck, will have a go … cheers for advice guys, yes we tried slaving it, no luck, will have a go at shaking it and seeit is for my friend, he just bought USB drive to back it all up...typicalWestern Digital Caviar, quite old


    Was reading this thread and thinking s**t must get round to backing up hard drives on a removeable.

    Then read it was a WD which is precisely the brand I was looking to buy and use as an external drive:giggle:

    every drive fails, you wont avoid it, so dont try... we have stocked every brand possible, and we have an equal amount of failures. To many things out of the manufacturers control can happen to the drive before the customers gets thier hands on it.

    Before you drop it as someone has adviced, seriously look at your options first.

    If you would concider sending it to a data recovery firm for a cost, dont drop it, you may ruin your chances.

    However, with that said, giving it a good hit can work, as can letting the drive cool right down, and doing a ghost of the drive to the new one (make sure u add on the appropriate switches). I have also had success on putting the hard drive in a sealed bag in the fridge. lol. this is only on occassions when pro data recoevery isnt a avenue we would take.

    I've got a m8 who does this for a living. PM me if you want him to quote you

    [SIZE=2]I dropped my 320gb external drive by accident about a month ago and I've been running around like crazy getting quotes on it. I finally sent it off to Fields Data Recovery and they came back with a proper quote - turns out the motors have been damaged so the platters will have to be reseated on a donor drive. [/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=2]ok...now i apologise if i'm repeating anything or being very simple! But in my research of the last few weeks I've found that this has to be done in a clean lab room and if it's clicking and whirring it's defintely a physical problem so you can't recover your data with all that clever software out there and it's unlikely that your mate will be able to do it in his room. I asked all my techie mates but nobody would/could do it! :-( [/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=2]If you really value your data then I recommend sending it off to a pro place to do it. I wouldn't keep plugging it in as apparently this whirring and clicking is very bad news and you can damage it further.[/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=2]In the end my cheapest UK quote was 550 quid +vat. As I'm cash strapped I've decided to send it to a place in Thailand that I know of. It should cost about half the price. It went last week so I'll let you know how it goes. PM in a week![/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=2]Good luck![/SIZE]
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    My m8 does this professionally, not just via software tools. He has all the hardware to be able to move onto different platters, new drives etc.

    Anyone can run easydatarecovery pro :-)

    Hi Spacecowboy - Sorry I didn't mean your mate! I'm sure he does. I just meant be careful with people who dont do it professionally because it sounds like a professional job.

    Actually I'd be very interested in knowing how much he charges at an estimate - it's a 320gb diamond max 10 sata drive and it clicks and whirrs and beeps three times before going silent when I plug it in.

    I've sent it to a place in Thailand for an estimate but if your mate can do it for a good price that would be great.

    Cheers

    John

    John

    I have PM'd you his email address, so he can arrange a quote.

    Rob
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