LarrySabo wrote:Our customers don't have or are unwilling to pay what it would take to justify investing in a DDI4, PC3K and laminar flow bench right from the start.
I think to a large extent it comes down to identifying yourself as a specialty service and getting away from the PC repair shop image. Only then will you actually be able to get enough data recovery work to make the investment worthwhile. If your main business is fixing computers and you just dabble in data recovery, it'll never be worth it and you're unlikely to become proficient at it.
However if your willing to make a $30,000 investment and specialize you'll find the work is there. In my office it's just my wife and I, and data recovery is all we do. We have a dozen or so computer shops sending in jobs and a fair amount of work from the website too. But I highly doubt any of these computer shops would be using us if we were a competitor in the computer repair realm.
My PC-3000 paid for itself in the first few months I had it. If you stick to just data recovery it'll be worth it.