Data recovery is an advanced repair process. Not only is there the usual concern of whether the device is repairable, but the bigger issue of whether your important data, work docs, and family pictures can be recovered. Additionally any file recovery procedures incorrectly carried out could further damage the hard drive and corrupt data further. It is highly important that whoever you get to provide your file recovery services is not only well equipped, but also trained and experienced with the various type of data recovery scenarios. Simply perform a web search such as Data Recovery Sydney which should provide a list of file recovery places in Sydney for instance, or substitute Sydney for other places near you.
Types Of File Recovery
Generally there are two main types of hard drive failures – mechanical, non-mechanical. Mechanical failures are generally issues with the actual hard drive heads, platters, or even the hard drive’s circuit board. With these issues there are two steps to the data recovery process. One is to service the drive to obtain at least a read of the drive’s data, and then a transfer to a new drive. Non-Mechanical issues are usually where data has been corrupted, bad sectors on the drive, or other problems with the drive preventing reading of data. The usual steps, depending on the data recovery scenario, is to first ensure the drive is in a readable state, then run repair and recover tools to obtain the data from the drive. Usually if a drive has corrupted data it is best to not use the drive again even if the repair tools enable a full read of the drive.
It is best to ensure at all times you have a recent backup of your data. Most data recovery jobs can be avoided with an adequate backup saving hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars not to mention stress. There are many online backup tools as well as buying a simple external hard drive and using a simple syncronisation and backup tool. Where you are working on an important document with many changes and may not be feasible to keep doing backups, setup a Hotmail account or similar and email yourself various versions. This not only gives you a backup, but also gives you a dated archive to go back through saved versions easily.
File Recovery Prices
If you do have an issue though with an unreadable hard drive, it is best to first of all call around various companies to obtain a general quote. A Professional data recovery business should be happy to give you at least a general estimate of costs, or atleast give an idea of what it could cost depending on a few scenarios.
Estimated Data Recovery & File Recovery Prices
$100-$250 low level file recovery, recover deleted files, hard drive may only have small issues and may not need replacing
$250-$700 – medium level recovery, could be mechanical damage on the drive, hard drive should not be used again
$700+ – advanced recovery, mechanical damage to drive as well as further issues with data corruption, hard drive can not be used again.