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« on: March 09, 2011, 06:52:39 PM »

So, it finally happened, instead of reformatting the new drive I just put in my PC, I just reformatted my backup drive.

It's a quick format through the windows 7 installer, which from searches online indicates I can recover a lot of my data, but those searches also point to a mish mash of programs to do so.

Anyone have recommendations on good and preferably free programs that will recover data from a 1TB NTFS hard drive?
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 07:24:18 PM »

I always used easy recovery pro when doing data recovery.  Worked very well
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 01:40:46 AM »

Piriform, the people that put out the very valuable free tools CCleaner and Defraggler, also put out a program called Recuva.  Haven't tried it yet, but the other tools work so well that I'll bet this one works great too.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 03:49:44 PM »

Last reformat, I forgot to back up some save files.  I used Recuva and got back 50-70% of them, I think.  It's not perfect, but it's definitely better than nothing.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 03:53:41 PM »

Does anyone know about what it costs to get data off a dead HD? I have a Mac mini drive that died a while back and I hadn't backed it up yet. I has some pictures from my wedding on it and ideally I'd like to get them back. If it's not exorbitant I'd like to pursue it.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011, 08:01:21 PM »

Checking on the app I've used. got 98% of what I needed back.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011, 01:11:15 AM »

Can't find it. frown
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2011, 03:41:02 PM »

A similiar thing happened to me.  I took it to geeksquad and they estimated as much as $1000 to recover the data, up to 4 weeks to do it and didn't guarantee anything.  Instead I used a program from getdata called recovermyfiles and over a two day period I got 98% of it back.  The program cost about $80 but it was worth it.
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2011, 10:01:08 PM »

Thanks guys. Got all my data back. Whew, that was a bit harrowing.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2011, 12:50:31 AM »

So... what did you end up using / doing?
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2011, 01:04:31 AM »

I was whining to about my stupidity to a friend in the computer science department that manages the labs, he let me use his copy of GetDataBack.

Turns out students need to use a lot of data recovery. Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2011, 01:13:24 AM »

Quote from: Teggy on March 10, 2011, 03:53:41 PM

Does anyone know about what it costs to get data off a dead HD? I have a Mac mini drive that died a while back and I hadn't backed it up yet. I has some pictures from my wedding on it and ideally I'd like to get them back. If it's not exorbitant I'd like to pursue it.

If it's dead, then you may be able to get it for about $1,500 through Staples. There is no charge to attempt it and it's through Seagate Recovery Services. If they can't get it back, they don't charge you. If they can only get it partially back, they check with you first.
In the interests of full disclosure, I work for Staples...
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2011, 03:50:11 AM »

Quote from: Punisher on March 14, 2011, 01:13:24 AM

Quote from: Teggy on March 10, 2011, 03:53:41 PM

Does anyone know about what it costs to get data off a dead HD? I have a Mac mini drive that died a while back and I hadn't backed it up yet. I has some pictures from my wedding on it and ideally I'd like to get them back. If it's not exorbitant I'd like to pursue it.

If it's dead, then you may be able to get it for about $1,500 through Staples. There is no charge to attempt it and it's through Seagate Recovery Services. If they can't get it back, they don't charge you. If they can only get it partially back, they check with you first.
In the interests of full disclosure, I work for Staples...

Yeah, I got a quote for a local place and basically they said it would be minimum $500, likely more if the HD was mechanically broken (which I'm pretty sure it is). I can't see dropping that kind of money for a few pictures right now.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2011, 09:07:45 AM »

Dude, these are wedding pictures, right?  Just be honest and tell your wife.  You'll suddenly find you have an unlimited budget. smile
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2011, 10:39:55 AM »

Then you could reallocate the leftover funds when the recovery team *ahem* 'couldn't get the data off the drive but still billed you full price', to buy some upgrades?  icon_twisted

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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2011, 12:46:50 PM »

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 14, 2011, 09:07:45 AM

Dude, these are wedding pictures, right?  Just be honest and tell your wife.  You'll suddenly find you have an unlimited budget. smile

lol. Well, we have tons of pictures from the wedding, these are just some randoms that we have from the ride home and a visit to Niagara Falls, so there isn't that kind of emotion tied up in it.
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2011, 01:56:13 PM »

The place I worked for in 2005 charged between 100-??? for recover.  Most ran between 125-250.  Only if we had to send it out to a clean lab did the cost skyrocket.  Even in a mechanical failure often we could replace the circuit board to get it up and running long enough to pull some data with the program.
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2011, 10:48:55 PM »

The good and bad thing about formatting a harddrive is that it doesn't really overwrite anything, so you can recover pretty much everything on the drive unless you have been using it afterwards. The bad part is that so can other people if they get hold of your hardware.

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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2011, 10:51:42 PM »

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I thought it was invented so Peter Gabriel could write that song.....
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2011, 06:36:22 PM »

I was going to suggest that you invent a time machine, but it seems like you've found a better solution.
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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2011, 04:48:17 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on March 18, 2011, 10:51:42 PM

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I thought it was invented so Peter Gabriel could write that song.....

Nope, it was so David Rasche could be in that TV show.
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2011, 07:33:32 PM »

Quote from: Turtle on March 13, 2011, 01:04:31 AM

I was whining to about my stupidity to a friend in the computer science department that manages the labs, he let me use his copy of GetDataBack.

Turns out students need to use a lot of data recovery. Tongue

STUDENT: I don't have my assignment professor, my roommate accidentally deleted it from my hard drive. Can I turn it in Monday?
PROFESSOR: No problem! I have this program that will recover it for you!
STUDENT: Doh!
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