A few days ago my main hard drive crashed, it was only 3 months old!
It was a brand new replacement and upgrade i needed as an artist. I loss alot of stuff mainly all my DAZ Content ( over 400,000 files alone), docs, artwork etc. Granted most was backed up but not the last 3 months as i never imagined this happening. But what i really wanted to tell you is this:
I searched the net in hopes of saving my precious drive, and found these Data Recovery Lab companies, most claiming, No Data No Charge, And Costs in 250.00 range. Now to anyone 250.00 isnt that bad considering if you have NO OTHER OPTION BUT TO to Rebuild again…like me, but things that are not readily, or easy to duplicate…like artwork is a major loss.
well i got bad news back from the data recovery lab:
estimate came in at 1495.00!!! because of the following:
my 500 gb HD has a read write failure
NTLDR missing file indicates heads dont read the drive correctly
procedure needed is “invasive”…Called a HEAD SWAP
where they have to buy a duplicate western digital HD exact match where they get chargd 4 x’s the amount, because only so many are made, then the in lab procedure itself is expensive, they have to replace the head stack assembly recalibrate the drive then image the drive, then see if anything is on it.
OMG….so any companies you see online that claim they can do it for 250.00 are lying, because 9 out of 10 are just hoping you send them the HD and you really only have a minor problem called Logical Recovery, but if they come back and cant read your drive (like mine) then its considered INVASIVE and thats where the big bucks get charged. Now to a major corp, or high end business $1500.00 is nothing but to personal users like ourselves thats outrageous to consider!
Also FYI anybody that says oh all they have to do is remove the platters and put them on another drive to read them, doesnt know what the hell they are talking about, because that procedure is actually called a PLATTER SWAP, its very complicated and if their off 1 mil. it wont work and gets destroyed, thats costs 2 x’s as much to do.
Also Western Digital HD 5000JS series and 5000KS series is rated the worst for hard drives as they have a high rate of failure (stated by DTI Data Corp.) they avg 2.9 yrs, which i only had it put in 3 months ago by my tech guy (so now i have to go back on him for the failed HD). The company i dealt with said they get 10-15 western digitals for recovery a day. Thats scary!
If any of you pc pros know of another HD brand proven to be safer, lasts longer, rated higher pls let me know a.s.ap. as Im going to have to buy another HD a.s.a.p.
SO BOTTOMLINE IS THIS, FORE GOD SAKES PPL INVEST IN BACK UP USE THEM WEEKLY IF NOT DAILY, CAUSE LIKE ME JUST BECAUSE ITS NEW AND YOU FIGURE OH I’LL DO IT NEXT WEEK, SOMETIMES THEIR IS NO NEXT WEEK!
Also id advise a battery back up because surge protectors dont protect your hardware in electrical outages, only prevents spikes in electricity. What most people dont know is this: A simple 1-2 second power outage that makes your pc go out, and even if it suddenly reappears without restart is damaging to your CPU! Living in Florida this is a constant it doesnt have to rain, be lightning, it can be a perfectly good sunny day and our power goes out. If you live in a state like this, a battery pack will prevent damages for the most part and is highly recommended by computer service techs.
Thanks for listening!