Data recovery on a broken HD

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by kgarchar, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. kgarchar macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    Does anyone know a good place to get data off of a broken hard drive? I know it might be expensive, but I need to get some non replaceable photos off of a bum HD
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    You can get estimates from DriveSavers, ActionFront, TotalRecall, etc. (Google or look in the back of any computer magazine) Prices will be many hundreds to several thousands, plus shipping and the cost of a replacement drive.

    How is it broken, though? Not spinning, spinning but not accessing, accessing but not reading usable data, visibly burnt electronics on the board?

    Twice now I have "saved" drives that had burnt components on the circuit board, buy buying another drive of precisely the same make and model, and swapping the board from the "good" drive onto the "bad" drive, recovering to a third drive, then swapping the boards back again.
  3. kgarchar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    I'm pretty sure I need to do that then. I was swapping some hard drives for a friend on her POS PC, and for some reason, it didn't like the drive. I copied the files to the hard drive, then went to remove the smaller hard drive to replace it, and the bigger one just didn't want to show up anymore. Now it won't start spinning, but a green light does show up on the drive.

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