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    I accidentally dropped my Lacie external hard drive and knackered it completely. I've taken the drive out of its caddy and had a look but the clicking noise is telling me its not going to work, even tried the freezer trick but to no avail.

    Can anyone recommend a data recovery firm that are nice to schools. Got a price from Ontrack of between £350 and £850 which is quite steep me thinks.

    loads of videos on the drive taken through the year which are quite important.

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    Re: Hard Drive Data Recovery

    this sounds about right it also depends how damaged the plates are if the are scrached by the heads. its harder the more damage. someone i know does it but cant do it for a busness as he is employed to do this as well as other things and the equipment he has got is out of this world its one of the reasons they employed him as well as other stuff he says on a good drive it can take up to 2 weeks for a small drive depending on the damage hence the price they usuall charge per gb so he says.

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    850 sounds cheap , I was watching a program some time ago now about some people who have paid thousands to recover data from hard drives that have been in fires etc.

    I guess it depends on how valuable that data was to you in the first place as to how much you want to pay or not pay.

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    Re: Hard Drive Data Recovery

    No backup? :P


    (I feel for you really!)

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    Re: Hard Drive Data Recovery

    Try CBL Data Recovery, I used them once.

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    Re: Hard Drive Data Recovery

    Forgive my ignorance, but isn't this just a case of swapping out platters with a working drive, imaging it, then running forensics software on the image.
    I admit I've only ever swapped out circuit boards, but changing platters can't be *that* hard ? or do the drives need to match exactly? For £850 it is worth a shot - infact send it to me for only £200 - no guarantee, no win no fee. hehe

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