Here at R3 Data Recovery we recover from all types of storage devices from USBs and hard drives to massive servers containing 10's to 100's of hard drives. But when our customers call us many of them ask the same question: "What are the chances of my data being recoverable?".
Now with this question there isn't a definite answer over the phone. The answer will only be found out once the device has arrived at our lab. The only thing we can do is to get you, the customer to give the best description as possible to one of our sales members so that can give you some sort of idea of the failure.
Also, we strongly recommend that once the drive has failed you do not do anything with it. Constantly powering it on and off can cause serious damage inside making the situation much worse and making the data harder to get back. The less you do to try and get the drive working the better situation the drive will be in when it arrives with us.
Even with logical recoveries, even though the drive hasn't failed the less you do the better. Because the more you research and the more software you download creates a higher chance that the data you deleted has now been overwritten and is gone.
I am the Editor of a magazine and suffered a hard drive failure on the week before deadline. Andy from R3 took the matter seriously from the moment I rang and within a few hours the drive had been collected from my home, and was being worked on. Throughout the process I was informed almost hourly as to the progress, and reassured that most of the data could be recovered. Literally 36 hours later I had all of the data recovered and delivered to my office on a new hard drive. I have honestly never received better customer service. I would recommend anyone in this dire situation to ring R3. You will be in very safe hands.
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