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Any local and trustworthy hard drive repair shops? - August 15, 2013, 05:54 PM

I've got a 2.5 external storage drive that got dropped. I think the platter is OK but the rest of bits that make it function are what got messed up. So I would want the platter swapped into a functional unit.


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are you trying to save the data? And if so is it critical business data?


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August 15, 2013, 06:17 PM

Yes and no. Much of the data I have a backup of, but this drive has some newer versions of some files and a bunch of photos and videos I hadn't copied to my storage/backup.


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August 16, 2013, 08:26 AM

Interested too. The HD on the home laptop crashed, with lots of pics of our new born baby. I replaced the board on the drive (with one from a working HD of the same brand, model and serial) but that was a no go.

I called a shop around work, and they said that if they can recover the data, it would be somewhere around $1000
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Interested too. The HD on the home laptop crashed, with lots of pics of our new born baby. I replaced the board on the drive (with one from a working HD of the same brand, model and serial) but that was a no go.

I called a shop around work, and they said that if they can recover the data, it would be somewhere around $1000
Got some similar info when the HD on wifes laptop crashed, like 15 years of photos from around the world, was told $850-$1200 depending on how bad it was. But in that case the platter was fubar, the casing fine.


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August 16, 2013, 12:29 PM

The internal HDD within the enclosure can sometimes be swapped into a different enclosure. If it is the platter then that needs to be done in a clean room made for HDD's which can be pricey.

Restoring lost RAID arrays is where prices become insane. They pretty much go from 3k and up to the moon in terms of price. We recently sent off a lost raid 5 array. It was successfully recovered but it cost them nearly 8k to recover their critical business data that could absolutely not be lost.


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I used Kroll Ontrack in Reston for the boss' dead drive a few years ago. They did what they said they would, in the amount of time they said it would take, and for the amount they said it would cost. I was satisfied. Boss lost another hard drive a couple years later since he didn't start backing up like I told him too (and set him up for).
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Probably the wrong time to say this, but image back-ups to an external should be an essential part of everyone's philosophy.

(Cloud back-ups if you're fancy and don't mind the subscription cost)

My Seagate does it automatically every week and has a suite of software from Memeo that encrypts the back-ups.
A big plus, the base is removable allowing you to hot swap any 2.5" or full sized drive on the base itself and pull information as needed without install it in a computer or server.

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