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Data Recovery From An Extremely Old Seagate IDE Drive

This morning at R3 Data Recovery we received an extremely old Seagate IDE Drive.

It has been a while since we got handed a drive older than myself. The drive is around 23/24 years old, maybe even older and is from a PowerEdge server and was brought to us because it wasn’t recognised by the server any more.​

We immediately assumed that it had bad sectors, but to our surprise once the engineers diagnosed the drive they found out that it was more than just degraded, and that in fact it had stiction, so the heads were stuck to the platters.​

Under normal circumstances any drive that has stiction the engineers would do a head swap on the drive as the heads could be possible damaged. However, with this drive being so old and incredibly difficult to get hold of a donor the engineers had to use all their knowledge and clone the drive with its original heads. After monitoring the drive for most the day, the drive was cloned successfully and a full recovery done.

Extremly Old Seagate IDE drive

Visibly seeing and watching the drive be worked on was just amazing, and it just shows how advanced hard drive technology has become over the last 20+ years.

If your hard drive happens to fail, contact our team of experts at 0800 999 3282. Our skilled professionals will be able to reliably recover data on your hard drive and provide industry-leading turnaround times which give you the confidence that's necessary to develop a solid, effective recovery plan.

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I was delighted with the service from the R3 team. My daughter, a teacher, had two years of lessons on a USB stick. She had tried another company after being told the charge would be either around £100 or around £200. But when they received the stick, they said they needed to buy a widget to sort out the problem, and that the cost would be around £385. So I asked them to send me the stick back.

Then I went to the team at R3 Data Recovery. They gave me an order number over the phone and I then wrote a letter, enclosed it with the stick, and sent it off to Sheffield on a Friday. R3 told me it would be either £79 plus VAT or £149 plus VAT. They notified me on Monday that it had arrived, and on Tuesday morning that they sent me a list of files they could recover. The charge was £79 plus VAT. I paid by bank transfer, and later that day they uploaded all the files into a Dropbox folder. So a hearty recommendation from me.

What impressed me particularly, their success apart, is that if R3 had said it was £149 plus VAT I would have paid without questioning them. But they didn’t. Excellent service.

Pete Wrobel

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