View Full Version : Desperate for inexpencive data recovery

13-03-2012, 04:11 PM
Hey there...
My backup external died (guess i need backups of backups these days lol)
..I got next to no money to put into it getting my data off it..
I took it to a HD recovery place and they said it need forensic recovery and quoted me $800
is there ANY way I can do this cheaper - If I had a lazy 800 spare I would do it, but I'm unemployed and this data is my money maker..
any help would be awesome! thanks

its a WD 1TB external.

S/N: WCAV5H471245

and another number i found: xf 8r59 23qc b 0002050 pcb


Speedy Gonzales
13-03-2012, 04:19 PM
Where in NZ are you, if youre in NZ?

13-03-2012, 04:24 PM
So, what's happened to the originals of your data?

And what are the symptoms?
Have you popped open the case and tried plugging it into a SATA controller directly?

13-03-2012, 04:27 PM
Did the recovery people take the drive apart and look at it before quoting, or just plug it into a pc and then give you a price?
It's possible the enclosure has failed and not the drive is why I ask. It could be worth seeing if you can get the drive out intact and if it's a Standard type drive connect it directly into your pc internally.

Incidentally if your only copy of the data is on this drive then you are using it as storage not as a backup, backup by definition is a copy of data which you have elsewhere. If it was actually a backup drive you could just buy another one and copy the data onto it again.

edit; Fred beat me to it