Imadeamistake wrote:Source of the post Then I called another company which is based in many locations (in and out the UK) and they told me that they can do the job and even have 100% success rate, saying that they've seen much more critical cases). Obviously they still have to see the hard drive in person.
Jared wrote:Imadeamistake wrote:Source of the post Then I called another company which is based in many locations (in and out the UK) and they told me that they can do the job and even have 100% success rate, saying that they've seen much more critical cases). Obviously they still have to see the hard drive in person.
Anyone telling you they have a "100% success rate" without even looking at the drive is a no good liar and you should avoid that company like the plague. You're probably just talking to a sales guy who will tell you any lie to get the case in the door so he gets a commission. Avoid them.
The drive may not be unrecoverable, but it's not going to be an easy case and it certainly won't be a cheap case.
Over there in the UK, I'd recommend you send it out to Sean at PCImage (http://pcimage.co.uk)
But, there is going to be several hundred dollars(or pounds) of up-front costs with no guarantees. They've got to fix the contamination damage before they can even begin to diagnose what the original problem was now. I know here, we charge $300-400 up-front cleaning charge plus the cost of a couple donor hard drives for heads to even start a case like that. Then typically $800-$1200 at the end if it's successful.
Even after hours of cleaning the platters repeatedly, the first set of new heads we put back in typically get ruined almost immediately. Sometimes we can clean them and get them working again, sometimes we can't. I've had cases like yours where we went through 3-4 sets of donors and had to clean the heads a dozen or more times (each time requiring removal, cleaning, reinstallation, etc.). They're just the worst cases to deal with.
pcn wrote:Don't trust that company, I think we all know what company you called. They also have drop-off points here in Germany and you will be charged upfront with around 600€ plus 300€ in case of success. We have many cases from companies like this for a second opinion and they always quote low compared to market prices. They also quote even if its a lost case and you will probably loose both, your data and money.
Better call Sean at PCImage (http://pcimage.co.uk), he is a trusted person in the data recovery community and does a great job.
Your data, your choice
Just to understand did you tell the sales person that the drive were opened and platters touched with fingerprints on it ?
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