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More on recovering data from phones

There’s been a lot of interest recently about getting the data off of phones for legal cases. This area is known as mobile phone forensics and in the UK, I would say the specialists are Most of the time, it’s acase of recovering deleted text and WhatsApp messages, but internet histories – ie. the sites people have been browsing are all of interest.

Recovering deleted text messages from phone

I have an iPhone 256Gb physically damaged and MacBook which is stopped working. I would like to recover the data from both, could you please let me know the cost of recovery & turnaround time. The phone data in I need are text messages that have been deleted.

I have a Sony Xperia C5303. It was working fine up until it stopped charging, possibly liquid damage? I have had the battery replaced but still the red light comes on but it wont charge. Technician said it was likely to be a motherboard issue. I would like to recover photos and data before getting a new phone, would be grateful for your advice. This is quite a sensitive issue – I want to see if any of the photos on the phone have been deleted.

My BlackBerry Z10 will not switch on after trying everything.
When plugged into a laptop it does not recognise the phone or that it is plugged in.
I have a lot of photos, videos and files that I want recovered and would like to know the cost and timeframe for the data recovery.
I am in London.

Phone was dropped. Screen is black and touch screen does not work. But device still alive underneath. Cannot unlock to view files on computer. All data saved on phone’s memory. Samsung galaxy A5

So, try for the recovery of deleted texts and photos from a phone.

HP RAID and Server Data Recovery

Device: HP Mediasmart Server EX475
Problem: Worked fine from purchase in 2007 until it failed to boot up just over 4 years ago. Spent an age and a fortune on phone calls to HP support to talk me through the recovery process, which didn’t work. At which point they ran out of ideas and I ran out of money and will to live. I am now wondering if it’s possible to at least rescue some data, if not get the thing working again. I have all the original manuals, installation set-up and recovery discs.

I sent some RAID 5 hards drive to ‘Rapid Data Recovery’, who replaced some parts, but in the end were unable to recover any data. They sent this message:
‘…analysis of the medias platter surface revealed inconsistencies of the magnetic properties which could potentially be linked to the contact made between the head and platter surface resulting from the initial ‘head crash’. This may have been caused by one of several factors ranging from environmental impacts (e.g. a drop or bang) up to temperature expansion of certain components. Due to this preventative damage caused we were unable to initialise the heads long enough for a forensic scan to take place before further damage was caused to the replacement read/write heads.’
I read that you sometimes receive hard drives that have already been to other data recovery companies, because you have more advanced techniques. Is there a chance Data Clinic would be able to recover my data?

Here’s a picture of a hard drive with a head crash

Recovering data and files from servers like the HP EX475 needs to be completed in a careful and considered way. From previous experience the company Data Clinic are probably the best RAID data recovery experts in the UK. Just Google ‘data clinic’ and you’ll find them.

Data recovery in Hertfordshire – use London

In this post we focus our data recovery attention on the county of Hertfordshire and reproduce enquiries from St Albans, Hertford, Watford and Stevenage.

  • hard drive recovery Hertford, HertfordshireWe have a portable hard drive (1tb) filled with films. Etc for the kids and some assorted files of mines, Lad took it apart after viewing how online, he got it to work for a while and now it reads as no data when connected to TV or laptops, any idea of it can be retrieved? We live in Hertfordshire, St Albans
  • And a question from a customer in Watford: I have a 2tb hard drive which has failed. Initially it would access the files but when I tried opening them it said the files were corrupt. I tried data recovery software but it didn’t work. The drive then started making clicking noises and finally nothing.
  • I have a verbatim external hard drive with was pulled out and dropped when cleaning staff was cleaning my husbands office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The connection is now inside the hard drive so am unable to put the connection in and am unsure of any other damage. Would appreciate if you could help as hard drive has a lot of work related info on.
  • And finally, this question from a computer repair company in Hertford: I have an external hardrive (currenly not infront of me so can’t advise of make and model) that powers up (shows a white light) but does not connect to my laptop. Normally when its connected, a blue light comes on.

london for data recoveryAdvice: Hertfordshire is very close to London which is where most of the best data recovery companies have locations. Take a look at Data Clinic’s hard drive data recovery services – their London page is here

Recovering data from encrypted hard drives

data encryptionThere are various ways of safeguarding data through the use of encryption. One way is to ‘lock’ the hard drive from being used until a password is entered eg. by using an ATA command to encrypt a hard drive. Another method is to install a program that encrypts the data on the drive. Retrieving files from encrypted hard drives is the work of specialist data recovery companies such as Data Clinic Ltd, who are experienced specialists in all forms of hard drive recovery.

Question: I have a ata password locked ssd and I’d like to know if you guys can help me unlock it. I dont need the data on the drive.

Answer: An ATA password locked hard drive requires unlocking by the use of commands that interface directly with the hard drive. Thus, it’s usually necessary to go to the hard drive manufacturers themselves or a good quality data recovery company like Data Clinic Ltd in order to get the hard drive’s ATA password removed.

Western digital drive used for backup and data storage will not mount.
Have tried using other lead and other Mac but still no joy.

Question: I have a SSD HDD from a laptop that is encrypted with McAfee Endpoint and not recognizable when booting from the laptop. Can I send it to you to see if you can get the data off?

Answer: McAfee Endpoint is a hard drive encryption program that seeks to safeguard data by encrypting it on the hard drive. The data can only be read by decrypting the hard drive with a digital ‘key’. If this key becomes lost or is forgotten there is very little chance of the data being decrypted, even by a data recovery company.

Note: Encryption is used to safeguard data so if you are going to encrypt it, either by using an ATA password or by the use of a program like McAfee Endpoint, then make sure you don’t lose the password.

October 2017 Data Recovery Enquiries

Hello there – in this post I’m writing about some of the data recovery requests I had over the last 2 weeks. As you’ll see there are quite a few people having suffered data loss with faulty hard drives and smartphones. I’ve put links of interest in where appropriate. Visitors to my blog are welcome to contact me with their hard drive and phone recovery questions.

lots of hard drivesI have a Western Digital external hard drive which has recently failed. It will not read on the computer, but seems to click once plugged it. The light on the hard drive still appears, but it is in no way readable. There is a lot of data on this drive that I would very much like back and need. Please let me know if you meed more information.

I was download a .rar file online and was unable to open it on my laptop, I decided to put it on a this USB drive to try opening the file on another computer, as I unplugged it and replugged it in, since then, the USB reads UNREADABLE. Before that, this USB has had zero problems and been really fast and efficient with handling files.

My W10 Lenovo Ideapad 100 laptop took a hard knock and will not start up. The power light comes on, the HDD tries to spin up, but the OS won’t start, screen blank. I had a back up, but wife’s work and personal accounts (were on desktop) are unavailable and need recovery.

HDD stopped working while backing up the data. I only need to recover a PST file stored into Document-Oulook data file.

I’ve recently got a new laptop due to damage of the old one. It is a Macbook Pro 13″ retina 2015 model. I have the old hardrive from the exact same model and there are photos and files on there that I need. I’ve tried to locate adapter etc to do it myself however for this model im not having any luck.

The drive does not spin up and can not be found though PC anymore after i changed a faulty PSU, and did not change the PSU SATA cables over like i should have. Pretty sure i heard a small pop when i booted the pc. After looking at the SATA cables, they are set out slightly differently.

I have a seagate portable 1tb hard drive which i have tried to get working again but i cant see the device in windows and there is a clicking sound and a scratching sound

I have a Western digital My book studio 1Tb HDD which has around 500gb or so if data on it. The drive was connected to my Mac when the mac crashed and in order to use the mac I had to disconnect the power source. It now no longer mounts.

more hard drives

I recently had my hard drive sent off to be repaired under the name Katie galley, can you tell me at which stage of repair it’s ab and whether you have received it please

Seagate 1TB not connecting to computer, the light won’t come on and there is a buzzing noise. Can you retrieve the photos on the device?

I’d like you to look at an external hard drive which seems to of died. It was making a not very nice noise when stared up and then not being recognised. Not sure it had taken a knock at some point, but last time I remember using it did seem hotter than usual. Our IT department looked at it but don’t do data recovery.

All of a sudden the external drive says that the directory or file may be corrupt and I can’t access any of the work I have on the drive.

I have an old nokia 6230 which contains some cherished photos and videos on, I have tried all the obvious ways of data transfer such as via cable and bluetooth to no avail. Is this something you can do?

I have a segate barracuda 3000GB internal hard drive that has failed and I need to get the data back. The drive starts to spin up but then makes a clucking sound and stops so the PC can’t identify it. It is not full but does contain all our family photos, videos, music and some files. I think it has 2 partitions.

I have a 2tb hard drive that failed on me a month or 2 ago and I would like to retrieve the data from it. There’s nothing too major on there, more personal photos etc and an archive of work.

An old Acer Aspire 1700 hard drive is in clicking mode. The hard disc has been removed professionally. I need a quote for data recovery.

I have an iPhone 6S stuck on the Apple logo. While it is possible for Apple to reboot it (hardware confirmed as fine), they advised that there is a risk it may lose the data in doing so. I would like a quotation for recovery of the data (photos mostly) on the phone please?

I have a WD external drive and its suddenly not possible to open the data (states fatal error) and diagnostic for data lifeguard failed with error 008 – too many fatal errors. Could you please let me know if it is possible to fix this? How much would it cost and how long would it take? And how much data am I facing to lose?

Acer Aspire Automatic Repair

I have an Acer Aspire E1-571 that is a bit old by now to be fair…
It has been giving some problems, such as wi-fi connection and sometimes it was simply too slow. I think that’s what happens when it has 5 years on top of it with everyday Photoshop usage…
One day, I was working on it and it was running slow so I decided to restart it. When that happened, it never turned on again.
It gave me a message saying “Preparing automatic repair” for 3 hours; blank screen for another 2 hours; and “repairing errors of the disk” for another 8 hours. After those 8 hours, I forced the shutdown and when it turned on again, the first and second status only lasted 5 minutes each and the third one keep coming up. I left it for two days and nothing changed.
Basically, I can’t access my laptop and I have plenty of data there that I need to recover! University and work stuff especially…
Could you guys give me a quote of how much would be to recover the data? I don’t need to fix the laptop. I just need desperatly to recover all the data I have there…

London, Lombard StMy hdds pcb is dead and I would like to ask if you can repair it by swapping with a good one and changing the main controller chip. How much would cost that I live on Lombard Street in London I can send it to you by post.

The hard drive appears to have failed. The computer won’t boot and boot screen says there is no hard drive available to boot from. I would like to know if it is possible (and what the cost would be) to recover the data from the drive:

We would like to see if our Acer external hard drive can be recovered. The main files to recover are important pictures from our family. The drive is not detectable anymore when we plug in. HDD was beeping. A friend opened it and now beeps even worse. Containing personal data. 2TB HDD. Data about 800Gb. I would like to have quotation from you.

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Seagate Baracuda 2TB docked external drive makes recurring clicking noise at power up then is silent. Not recognised by dock or PC SATA as media. Replacing controller with same firmware made no difference so think it is heads fault.

Buffalo 500GB external hard drive clicks and fails to start. I need a quote to include any additional costs related to where the recovered data would be placed.

I am looking for a spare part for a Seagate 2.5 hard drive (which was inside a Freecom MG mobile drive). It is a USB 3.0 converter. The P/N is EPB0009150 and I can also read S10F4501 – A0. I am not sure if the information are sufficient, but I can also send you a picture of the component.

I have a Lacie external that has stopped mounting. I think you can hear and feel it ticking away. It has wedding photos on so is fairly precious. Can you let me know how much it would cost to have a look at and try and fix?

Unable to read hard drive I/O Out Error

hard drive

I contacted you yesterday about an external hard drive that stopped working.
It’s very important (to me), because it has all my backups of research data and photos and everything on there. Unfortunately, my laptop stopped working last week and had to be sent to lenovo for repairs. As I had a backup on my external hard drive in was not too worried about the laptop potentially being wiped. Now the external hard drive is unresponsive and I’m in a panic.

my external hardrive is only appearing on disk utility, i have attempted first aid however it appears to be unsuccessful. and has advised if possible to back up all data. i believe a file has been corrupted and this has somehow broken the hardrive’s structure. i would greatly appreciate a full back up of the hard drive.

I use my seagate external hard drive to store my travel footages and edited vlogs. One day I connected it to my laptop and it completely froze the laptop. I was unable to eject before restarting because it was frozen. Once it was turned back on, the hard drive didn’t show up on finder or desktop. When it eventually does, nothing shows up, my laptop crashes and I would have to restart it again.

I have a 2TB external hard drive that gets plugged in to electricity and my laptop that had fallen and now makes a clicking sound when trying to access my data. It’s no longer recognized/accessible from my laptop. How much do you charge to recover the approximately 500GB worth of data on there and transfer it to another new hard drive?

I would like to know how much it will cost me to repair my drive. I believe it fall down. I just need to have an idea of the cost to know if I’ll be able to pay for it or not !

I will be at london 4-9 of september as a tourist.
I want to take whith me my broken hard disk and fix it . Can you help me to do it? Can you do it in that days that i stay in london?

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Help getting data off phones

Here are some recent enquiries about recovering the data from mobile phones. It’s interesting reading and more can be found at

My Samsung S6 has died completely and no manner of various button pressing seems to make any difference. There is a small crack on the back of the phone which is likely to invalidate the warranty therefore I am looking at potential options to cover phone numbers and more importantly photographs from the device as well as getting it repaired. The phone has been switching itself off and taking a while to recharge but has stopped working completely now. Can you retrieve the data and repair the phone?

My Samsung Galaxy J7 has stopped working completely. I cannot turn it on and I tried to have it repaired but the shop wasn’t able to do it. I would like to know if it is possible to retrieve images and documents from it or is it all lost.

I recently dropped my iphone 6 in the toilet and since it only turns on to the apple screen. I (stupidly) hadnt backed up any of my photos and REALLY would love to get them back – do you think this would be a possibility?

My girlfriend has an Iphone 6 on whch she has lost several voice recordings. The loss seems to have happened when the phone updated. The files are no longer found in the app but when I search the phone for them they appear in search results. The loss of data occurred around a month ago. I delete from my phone some txt what was very important for me it’s possible recovery txt from my phone.

I have a Samsung Galaxy s6 edge which is like to get my files and photos extracted from. The phone is completely dead and a new charging port, battery and screen did nothing. However, the motherboard does heat up apparently so they suspect it’s a fault with that. Would you be able to fix it, and if not would you be able to get the files and photos from it? I did have them backed up but absent mindedly deleted the app to save storage/data and didn’t think it’s un-back-up them. I’d be sad if it was unfixable because the phone is in good condition, but my main priority is the photos. There is No warranty on the phone.

Can you advise on a broken dock charging port for a Nokia Lumia 1020 ? Do you mend and at what cost thanks.

Smart MAX (Telenor 3G Mobile Set) When Factory data reset ,All Numbers Deleted. I want Recovery all numbers.What is Solution ?

Accidentally had deleted a load of pictures for travel off iPhone. New help restoring please

I accidentally deleted 25 photos from my phone today and despite trying an online purchased software they were not located (although hundreds of other photos were, including ones I had NOT deleted!). Is it possible to recover them and is it possible to make an appointment and have someone look ‘while I wait’? My phone is still working so I can’t really be without it for more than half a day. Chiswick would be closest for me.

The memory of the phone is not enough, and the data of photo and also record of wechat is lost, could you please help to recover them? Thx

I have had an IPhone 4 s for a few years now and the substandard battery I fitted a couple of months ago has damaged my phone by the heat it has produced. It only shows me the apple when you switch it on then nothing else. I’m quite keen to retrieve the photos & contacts off the phone and I’m unsure if its reparable so I can retrieve it myself or if its not it’s something you can retrieve ? Probably best to email as I’m working away with no phone at the moment.

Latest Enquiries

Here are the latest hard drive enquiries that I’ve been dealing with. The data from most of these was recovered I’m please to say.

WD Passport mechanical fault, it is ticking.
Could you please give me a idea of cost to recover the data.

I needed hard dish actuator since my hard disk is not working – hard drive spins up then powers off need the data off it

external seagate drive

I have an external harddrive that has failed on me when I attempted to do a cleanup. There are photos which I need to recover from it which is the most important, however I also have some sensitive information on there as well. I attempted a recovery but only got partway as it was so slow. Please advise whether you can assist.

My mac regonises my lacie porsche design 2tb hd with usb c connection, however it won’t let me open any of the files. i was wondering if i could get a quote on how much it would be to fix it and the time period it will take to do so, thank you very much

My Seagate Backup Plus Portable Harddrive has not been working for 6 months. It was in the middle of a file transfer on my Mac when the computer shut down and since is not recognized on my PC or Mac , but the light still goes on and the disk is spinning inside the HD. What is the estimated cost of repair/recovery, if possible? Please email back as I am moving to the UK in one month.

I have a 2TB iomega home media network hard drive ‘cloud edition’ which has stopped working with a red light permanently on the front. It’s not making any unusual sounds from the hard drive.
Are you familiar with the divice or problem? Can the data be retrieved?

I need to restore the SQL database MDF file and delete it.You have SQL fragment detection software, and I scan it and send it to you.

Failed Raid 0 (striped) 4tb G-Drive. Drive does not mount or spin up.

Faulty drive, starts to work but wont read the hard drive at all. 500Gb Lacie external hard drive. When connected it makes a noise (almost like a beep) like the disk starts spinning and stops, and again. I have tried connecting it to various laptops and no of them would recognise it. I would like to recover some personal photos (no need to do the whole disk)

Faults on Toshiba and OCZ Hard Drives

I have one USB HDD from Toshiba. Details of HDD – TOSHIBA Disk Drive – MQ01ABD100M, Drive Rev – AZA BB00/AX101U.
This HDD is not being detected. I have checked with local IT guys but they are saying that the top platter has scratches on it so the data can not be recover but only top plattter has scratches so I still have hope if I show it to any Big DRR firm like you then you can recover the data from below platters hence I would like to check with you if you can recover the data from this HDD. They have already tried with heads from different hard disk of same model but unfortunately it is not working.
Important thing here is I don’t have any issues with the HDD if it is wasted but the data contains in the disk is very important for me if you can give me that data back then It is fine for me.
What would be estimated expense for this repairing you can tell me rough figure.
As this is my personal HDD and not belongs to any Business firm, I can not afford high cost.
Hence please help me here at first about estimated cost to get the data recover from this dead HDD. If it is affordable for me then I will go ahead with the recovery option also please let me know if you start your data recovery process then what is assurance of I will get my data back?

ssd and hdd

Fire damage to power connector on PCB. I transferred files to a hard drive then did a reset on my laptop. Seems I only transferred copies of the files and now they won’t open. Is there anyway to get these files back. Or are they gone completley

The main hard drive, a OCZ 100MB SSD, has stopped being recognised by my (desktop) computer, and so will no longer boot. I would like to recover the files on the drive – ideally the whole drive, but my users folder at the very least. I’m Twickenham based, and I see you have a clinic in Richmond – please could I arrange a callback to discuss this?