I've only ever used Fields.
Fields Data Recovery - USB, RAID & Hard Disk Drive Repair and Data Recovery
Might be worth a call.
A laptop here has had a Lenovo factory restore done on it somehow(!), and obviously has very important data on it.. well HAD. This data has not, for whatever reason, been copied back up to the server for a long time now, and would take many tens of hours to rewrite.
Can anyone recommend a data recovery company that can retrieve data from a partition wipe, format and OS re-install?
Abaddon (3rd September 2009)
Thanks, looks good - I've mailed them.
Update.. for those who are thinking about using these people..
I sent a different (failed) drive off in September.. I've now spent ALL the intervening time calling and e-mailing. It's been nigh on impossible to get an answer. My sales manager "got promoted to the USA", the engineer working on it "got promoted to another dept".. another guy took over and sent a pro-forma for the work saying I had been "really unlucky" and he would get it sorted. Now he's not answering mails either.
I wouldn't use them again after this is resolved.
kmount (18th December 2009)
I'd be very surprised if they get much off it anyway if the data has been overwritten by reinstalling an OS onto the drive
We've used Data Recovery Services - Oxford London Birmingham Leeds UK just recently.
You send the drive off, they inspect it (can be FOC) and then quote you. Upto if you feel its worth it, if not they send the drive back. Superb service. I filled the form out, and they rang pretty much straight away. Always in contact via email and phone- keeping me informed.
They were also very 'clued up'. Discussing RAID etc, which drive failed etc.
I've used Ontrack before with a drive that was totally dead.
Payed something like an initial £100, then they gave me a login so i could see what files were going to be recovered.
An excellent service.
To the other answers, I don't have the drive, they do, so I couldn't try anything on it software wise. I did try initially, but this particular drive is a mechanical failure. It doesn't register on the OS, and just clunks nastily. Last I heard, and it was a LONG time again, they were swapping bits from another drive.
My guess is they have lost it, and nobody wants to own up.
Uh-oh.. some digigng on the net reveals this:
Bad Data Recovery or Customer Service Experiences - Disklabs Data Recovery and RAID Recovery Forums
Doesn't look good at all...
Hand over to the the schools solicitors I think.
HA HA - excellent - wonder if the two 'dicks' [ Richard's ] know about that.....I'm not going to say much, but as a hint google the addresses of all their offices and you'll discover something interesting.
I feel sorry for "Dr" Richard Cable, he just works there but theyve registered everything in his name
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