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elangoas

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Hi All,

Appreciate your inputs/pointers on how to recover data from external Hard Disk.. My friend accidentally dropped it and it is not detected by windows...
 

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If it is still spinning without any noise there are several recovery tools you can download and try as a last resort but I doubt they will work since the damage is physical. If it has stopped spinning there is nothing really you can do. If the data is critical take it to a recovery specialist where he might be able to get data off independent platters. Will be expensive though.
 
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Hi,

I faced this issue multiple times...try Stellar professional..it works 110%...... if the hdd has no spins or noise...then u go to a recovery specialist who will charge anything between 15k - 25k
 

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Hi,

I faced this issue multiple times...try Stellar professional..it works 110%...... if the hdd has no spins or noise...then u go to a recovery specialist who will charge anything between 15k - 25k
 

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Hi,

I faced this issue multiple times...try Stellar professional..it works 110%...... if the hdd has no spins or noise...then u go to a recovery specialist who will charge anything between 15k - 25k

15K is huge to recover data for a HD that costs 5K...
 

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15K is huge to recover data for a HD that costs 5K...

Thats one big proglem I faced. In fact one of the hdd was still underr warranty, so decided to lose the data and get the new copy from WD.

So if it works with free tools its fine, else you may as well as trash it.
 

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I used SpinRite back in the day. It was the best.

Now I just keep multiple backups.

But it was the choice of the data recovery guys who charged 10K and more to recover lost data. Wouldn't be surprised if the guy quoting 15K was using it.
 

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open the case, take out the hdd and connect it internally to a desktop and see if it works. is it laptop sized or desktop sized hdd?
 

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Rates are dependent of critical of data :) I know a person who had to pay 35K for recovering tally data in the month of march/April.

Oops :sad:.. I think if one learns how to extract data, depending on criticality, if one attends 3 -4 cases a month, i guess he can earn handsomely :eek:hyeah:
 

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open the case, take out the hdd and connect it internally to a desktop and see if it works. is it laptop sized or desktop sized hdd?

Good idea..It is portable and self powered...But will the internal HDD power cable fit to the self powered hard disk ?
 

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Now I just keep multiple backups.

Me too... But one can still have the nightmare of finding that the backups are bad. It's ok... I goat around it :eek: :eek: :eek:

[/quote]But it was the choice of the data recovery guys who charged 10K and more to recover lost data. Wouldn't be surprised if the guy quoting 15K was using it.[/QUOTE]
I forget what Stellar quoted me for an internal HDD with a dead head, but it was tens of thousands --- and quite a few of them
Oops :sad:.. I think if one learns how to extract data, depending on criticality, if one attends 3 -4 cases a month, i guess he can earn handsomely :eek:hyeah:
Ahem... you'd have to invest in the clean room and the engineering tools and know how. I don't think that any of that would come cheap. It's not stuff that can be done by running software from outside the case. My last backup had been a couple of months ago. the cost of recovering the loss would have been wildly disproportion to its value, so I didn't.

I got a diagnosis from a local guy (which came free) but it was not something he could take on.
 

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Me too... But one can still have the nightmare of finding that the backups are bad. It's ok... I goat around it :eek: :eek: :eek:

Comes down to how important your data is and/or how much time you want to spend ripping it again...

I have local copies and also cloud copies with autosync anytime the content changes or updates.

Amazon charges about $60 for unlimited storage. Many other cloud services exist.

Most folks will have at the most 1 TB or 2 TB for music rips. At least that's the case with me. I also have the original CDs, but its a nightmare to rip them and tag them. I spent months the first time and then again after a HDD crash so I know exactly how painful it is. That's one reason I advocate both onsite and cloud backup.

Never had all of the local copies going bad, but I've had 3-4 system crashes and have restored copies from local backups and the cloud without any issues... so I know that works. You will need SSD or USB 3.0 interface or a fast ISP for restoring backups though.
 

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Comes down to how important your data is and/or how much time you want to spend ripping it again...

Absolutely. Which is why there are companies like Stellar, for those that need the data at any price. And, even if one has the money and the need, if the damage to the disk is too great, it might not be possible.

I've had a bad month for hard drives. I lost one internal (with no data loss) and one of my external back-up disks has just died. Lesson: As soon as there is any suspicion at all that a hard disk may be misbehaving, buy another one and transfer the data. There are no miracles for sick hard disks!
 

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Hey, first of all have you tried connecting your external hard drive on different system because there may chances of detecting. If not, then you have to go with recovery software. As their are many free tool available in the market which assured it can recover data completely but many times it failed to do so. Instead it might even make worse situation for recovering. So, choose recovery tool wisely that is professional in restoring data from external hard drive. This link gives more information about the program. Recover Seagate External Hard Drive by Few Simple Mouse Clicks – Nexzin Networks
 
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