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Hard Drive Recovery

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by xman1999, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie


    Any recommendations on a company that does Hard Disk Recovery? I just got quoted by Disk Doctors out of San Jose for $1650 for a 40GB drive that came back with:

    • Media Errors Detected.
    • Unstable Head Disk Assembly (unable to read/write).

    Any help will be appriciated

  2. macrumors 68030


    Ouch, $1650? What about Drive Savers... I've seen their advertisements in MacAddict.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Apple Hobo

    Drive Savers is very expensive, as are most reputable recovery services. Don't expect to pay much less than $1,000 (+/- $200) for a drive recovery.
  4. macrumors 603


    Next time, use SMART testing to see when it will fail so you can postpone your backups until the week before it fails.

    Otherwise, you are pretty much paying what I would expect...that sucks!
  5. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Thumbs up to DriveSavers. It's interesting to note that they are the only recovery company allowed to work on most hard drives without voiding the HD's warranty. That speaks pretty well for them..

    And yes, $1600 is not outrageous. Most companies give sliding scale quotes (depending on difficulty and amount of data recovered) for an average of $600-$2500. A pretty big slide, eh? It's a good reason to back up that important data.

    As for S.M.A.R.T., it's not that reliable.. this is still pretty new technology. In my experience, when it does work properly and tells you the drive is failing, you have very, very little time to actually back up.
  6. macrumors 603


    A drive in my WinTel is supposed to die in April, 05. It takes longer to spin up...and actually I can tell this because when I open a file/document on that drive it takes longer than normal to open up.

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