Hard disk failure

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  1. house21

    house21 TPF Noob!

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    Hello to everyone

    I just lost over 1000 pictures from my hard disk and I just don't know how to recover them. I went to a PC specialist and I 've been told that I have to send the hard disk to HP as they are the only one who can do that.
    Anyone had similar troubles?
     
  2. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think in most countries there are companies specialized in retrieving data from dead or damaged drives ... often they charge huge sums though.
     
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    Another reason I still shoot film.
     
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    Try http://www.cbltech.co.uk/ (if in the UK)

    No data back - no fee generally.

    Be aware that to recover your data it'll cost a few hundred pounds depending on the size of disk.

    I think I was quoted £350 for a 40Gb disk!!!
     
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    In Canada recovering photos from a failed hard drive runs from $450 to $700 Canadian. Average is about $600. I suspect that this rate would be quite similar in other countries.

    skieur
     
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    used this software on three failed drives. was able to recover data from two of the disks; the third was a victim of mechanical failure. dead. in such a case, the posts above apply.
     
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    Wait...why is this in the film forum?
     
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    damned good question. troll, perhaps?
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Silly peoples. :sillysmi: But you're very helpful.

    I'll move it to the general digital forum's Q&A.
     
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    depending on the failure, you can try to use a file recovery program before you send your drive anywhere.

    try to find one that will search for free, or find limited sized files. if that works, then a paid for version of the program might work to get them back. 2 ive had luck with are Active UnDelete, and TuneUp Utilities.

    the main problem with software like that, is when something gets deleted, it isnt actually deleted. its just designated as free space. what that means, is anything you save after the failure has a chance of being written onto that portion of the disk.

    my suggestion would be to find a program that will run from a CD, USB drive, or floppy (if you have one)

    i also recommend you download it and burn it to the CD or whatever medium you decide, from a different computer. anything you do on that same drive will increase the risk of your files being written over.

    if that doesnt work there are companies, like others said, that can rebuild your drive and get the files back, but they are pretty expensive.

    good luck with your drive.
     

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