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Synology and Buffalo hard drive Data Recovery Liverpool

Our disk has crashed and it needs to be recovered or restored. We are looking for someone in Liverpool to either come and repair it on-site, or take it away for repair. It is a Synology Disk Station DS112. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking for a Liverpool based data recovery service.

LiverpoolSeagate external drive with PS4 data on. Received a slight knock and stopped working.

Panasonic Blu Ray HDD Model number DMRBWT720. Accidently deleted the entire contents.Is it recoverable? I want to backup all the data onto a Synology NAS and we are in Liverpool

: Cannot access from PCs, red error light flashing 7 times in 4 seconds and making chugging sound.
Local repair shop has taken drive out of caddy but unable to access data & suggests data recovery service. They think ‘data arm’ may be broken.

WD My passport 1 TB humming and buzzing after being dropped. Not read my laptop – need my data back!

External Hard Drive runs when powered up but data transfer will not work( A to B type lead connection)

Buffalo hard drive makes a clicking sound. Unable to be read and locate data I have the same with a Synology hard drive in Liverpool.

I have a Synology portable hard drive which has been dropped – it has all my brothers A – level work on… just wondering if it was possible to recover?

My 2 TB Buffalo external hard drive has an issue with the connection at the drive. The metal female part has broken away from the inside and come out with the cable.
Any chance of recovery?

My friend did a factory reset and I hadn’t saved all my photos left half unsaved so hoping to recover thankyou

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?

Examples of hard drive data recovery

datlabs data recoveryHere’s my latest data recovery post. I was able to retrieve much of the data from these hard drives myself after I’d fixed them. My thanks to the experts at http://www.datlabsdatarecovery.co.uk/ for their assistance in retrieving the data from some of the hard drives.

I have a 1TB WD external hard drive which I use as back up for my iMac and MacBook Pro. When I plugged into my MacBook Pro a couple of days ago the drive was not being seen by the laptop until after a long while, after which it said it needed repair. After clicking on the pop up box the drive appears in Finder but cannot copy or save to the drive. The same problem then occurred on the iMac but now the drive is not showing up at all. I need all the data recovered which was about 5-600 GB.

The HDD has been corrupted and will not power on, the HDD has been given to fields data recovery who have diagnosed the issue. This should be a easy fix as it has already been diagnosed, The reason why I have come to you is that your quote seems to be more reasonable than fields who started quoted £200 then bumped the price up to £1320 which is quite unreasonable. HDD has had a complete rebuild within our clean lab which included a platter swap, the head assembly unit was replaced, the magnetics aligned, the motor replaced and the firmware being repaired. HDD was channelled through an identical working HDD so that the sectors could be manipulated and an image created during the process. The image is then scanned for data which is repaired via Data Extractor and rebuilt using software and mapping. The diagnosis has been completed on the damaged HDD and the technician has advised that they can recover approx 69GB of data. A total of 3025 recoverable files and 860 folders. I hope you can help!

External hard drive 1tb fell to the floor during transferring files.
Mac cannot tell the hard drive is connected. Hard drive makes a kind of repetitive ‘bzzt’ sound when connected, the LED lights up but nothing happens.

Lacie external hard drive (mac formatted) is clicking and beeping.

Got my old laptop back ( was buried in the attic with all my other stuff) took it back out and tried to turn it on .. the laptop works fine but it’s not recognising the hard drive and it’s also saying operating system not found , tried it on my partners laptop and it’s definetly the hard drive that’s not being recognised

Hard drive is damaged. Been hit.

My laptop (Lenovo ideapad z580) completely died. I have removed the hard drive and tried putting it in an external enclosure but two other windows pcs don’t recognise it. It vibrates slightly but makes no noises when connected to them. Is this something you can help with, and what would it cost? I am in London.

Datlabs data recovery have branches all across the UK – just go to their locations page to find out more information.

Do I need data recovery?

A small number of example questions that I received over the last two weeks or so are written below. In all cases these hard drives and phones would benefit from a data recovery service.

I have a 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA HD that powers up and is visible in Windows and can sometimes copy data very very slowly and then dissappears from Windows Explorer with an IO error. It contains mainly pictures/videos/films and ISOs. Can you provide an estimate as to the cost of recovering this HD. Thanks

unresponsive iphoneSeagate 500gb hard drive can not be found on windows computer. Tried on an other computer still can’t be found. There are no clicking sounds. I think the drive spins up but I can’t remember.
Please can you provide me with a realistic quote for date recovery.

Disk Utility is recognising the name of my drive, which suggests that it is not a mechanical error and more a reading error. The disk wont mount to the computer. I need a quote on work where you can order the “table” correctly for my drive to be read and so I can recover the data please.

iPhone is unresponive, screen has come off and it’s all smashed etc. Doesn’t seem to take power. Was intrested in getting a quote in getting a copy of my photos that are saved on my phone/ how your pricing system works.

I have been cycling with my External HD and may have given it a knock. It’s a “WD My passport for Mac” and it no longer works. Symptoms are similar to that you describe for hard drives that have been dropped.

I have two tapes generated a long time ago on IBM mid range systems that I would to copy to DVD if possible. One is a DC6150 150Mb and the other is a 3490E 1100 ft tape. The data is likely to be program sources and compiled objects. Please can you advise the cost of doing these conversions.

Data Recovery Questions

Here’s a number of questions we’ve received about data recovery over the past week. The questions are about data retrieval from both phones and hard drives.

The phone was dropped into a pool. The phone has been taken to a phone shop to see if they could fix it but they couldn’t. would just like to recover the data.

Seagate (external USB) Expansion 2TB drive started making a clicking noise and not booting up. Works on occasion but only for a short period.

i’ve deleted all my pictures from my desktop computer and deleted them from the recycling bin can you get them back?

+I have 2x LaCie rugged thunderbolt with different issues. One was accidentally re-formatted from OS X Extended to ExFAT but has not been written to since so the data should still be there. The other was working fine, ejected and the mac shut down, then the next morning when the mac was turned on this drive failed to mount. It shows up in Disk Utility as an external drive but does not mount the volume (correct word?). Again this drive has had nothing written to since. Neither drive has been dropped or otherwise physically damaged. Please let me know what you might be able to do!

I have a vintage model of Macbook Pro 2009, and the hard drive on it had recently failed, and can no longer start up. Is it possible to recover the data from the hard drive? And can I please get an estimate quotation for that ?

A folder on my ssd drive has been wiped, the folder itself remains however the documents within it have vanished. The documents outside the folder also remain.

+I haven’t lost the data (i hope), but i believe i need the PCB repaired/replaced on a WD Red hdd. I stupidly plugged in an incorrect voltage power pack into the caddy of my WD MyCloud NAS (with 2 x 4tb WD RED drives in it) and now it isn’t recognising one of the drives. I assume I’ve burnt out a diode and i was wondering if this is something you could confirm and how much this type of repair might cost…or what i might have done?

If you have a similar problem that requires data recovery please contact us for details of our services.

Various Data Recovery Questions

Assistant David constructs a data recovery flow chat

This web site is going well and I thought I’d post some of the recent enquiries I’ve had for my services:

  • I updated the software on my MacBook laptop, and when I turned it on again I couldn’t get past the Apple logo and spinning wheel. The Apple Store can fix it for free but they will need to wipe my laptop and reset it. They advised going to a data recovery specialist to recover my hard-drive, as I haven’t backed it up. Could you advise how much this is likely to cost?
  • My laptop is broken, when i turn it on it loads up fine but then i can not access any files and it then shuts down, i also can not open in safe mode or do a restore. i wanted to see if it can be repaired but i have files on my laptop that i do not want to lose hence why i have not tried to do a complete reboot. Is this something that you do?
  • I have a 500gb Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro external hard drive that when plunged into my PC fails to open and instead a warning message appears which reads as either ‘inaccessible’ or ‘file is corrupted and unreadable’. Furthermore if I remember correctly hard drive became damaged after accidentally being placed on a keyboard cover that contains magnets (I am unsure as to whether this would be relevant to the damaged hard drive however I thought I should include this fact in case it helps). This drive contains a number of personal and university files which I desperately need recovering and any help or advice that you could provide would be much appreciated.
  • Have an old Western Digital Netcenter WD2500P019 (250GB) which began emitting a high-frequency oscillating noise. The device will not initialise properly and is displaying a red warning LED on the front panel. Looking for quotes for recovery of data.
  • Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive no longer connects to computer. It has that ‘clicking’ sound.
  • Hard disk not working. Work on a mac. Disk utility says can not repair disk. Tried to force mount from command line, tried to mount read only, neither worked.
  • Somehow my hard drive appears to have been encrypted remotely using McAfee drive encryption. I have McAfee installed on laptop but neither I nor my company use any form of drive encryption. Is there any way of unencrypting?
  • Western Digital , My Pass port external hard drive. The drive is not detected on Windows 10 or when connected to another device such as television. Earlier the drive was accesible via televeision as well as laptop.
  • I am from horizon Technologies Islamabad. We have a dvr HDD of 2TB capacity for data recovery. It has DHFS fie system. We required old recording before one month which is probably overwritten as dvr was kept on recording. We used DVR examiner but we cannot recover videos before 18 jun.we need data before that date. we talked to Dvr Examiner support they said you can only recover what you see in the dvr examinar. We need your services regarding the particular recovery and is this possible to recover data which cldnt recovered using DVR examinar software.We can give you teamweaver acces to ISO if you need to perform any intial examination.
  • I have a Samsung M3 external hard drive that has been working fine for four years, but now won’t be recognised by my PC; it will show up under Device Manager with its correct manufacture name/title, but the files can’t be accessed via Explorer (just displays as ‘Local Disk’).
  • The files on the drive are mainly family photos and videos which I am desperate to recover. Is this something you can help with?

Should you have an similar data recovery requirements, please let me know, I also provide my services freelance – so please get in touch.

Case Study: Manchester Mortgages

manchester mortgages web siteThis month I was called out to Manchester Mortgages (http://manchestermortgages.co.uk/), a mortgage brokers based in Eccles, Manchester who had lost access to some of their data.

Background

Manchester Mortgages provide advice and assistance to people requiring mortgages for buy-to-let, remortgage and people with poor credit amongst others. Much of the information they hold is stored on an Access database and for one reason of another they held no backup of this data.

File Won’t Open

When attempting to open the file by double clicking it the computer hung and the file would not open. Analysis of the hard drive showed that the drive had many bad sectors – including bad sectors inside the Access database.

Bad sectors on a hard drive are areas that can’t be read due to the drive degrading to such an extent that the hard drive is unable to read the data from the bad sector. Bad sectors are rarely single isolated occurances – hard drives usually have hundreds or even thousands of bad sectors. Modern hard drives have effective management and control systems that detect bad sectors on a hard drive and swap them out, replacing them with a good sector from a pool of good sectors they keep in reserve. Eventually the pool of good sectors dry up and the bad sectors then spread across the hard drive.

Recovering the File

Recovering a file affected by bad sectors is a difficult thing to do. By double clicking the file, the computer attempts to open the file but it can’t because it can’t read the information from the bad sector. Rather than give up, the hard drive tries repeatedly to read the data from the bad sector. This places a high amount of stress on the hard drive’s head which will eventually lead to a head crash and all the data on the hard drive being lost.

Therefore the only course of action is to use a hardware approach that turns the error checking off and also circumvents the operating system. Fortunately I have this piece of hardware in my equipment, and hooking the Manchester Mortgages hard drive up to it I was able to recover their file fully.

Backup

This case study is a fine example of why it’s essential that we all backup our valuable data. A study has shown that 70% of businesses go bust within a year of a major data loss event (http://www.capitalnetworks.co.uk/news/2010/07/21/70-of-businesses-that-experience-a-major-data-loss-go-out-of-business/). Manchester Mortgages had most of their data stored in one file. If I had been unable to recover this data that may well have been the end of the business.

Hard Disk Data-Recovery

Here are some data-recovery queries I’ve had recently:

When I turn the power my computer I’ve been getting this error msg verifying dmi pool data so I tried to use a windows recovery disk I place it in my DVD driver & try to boot the CD then when the screen says press any key to boot I press a key then I hear this ticking sound coming from my hard drive do I need replace my hard drive?

Seagate Hard Drives Not Found

Hi, I have a Seagate portable drive that I accidentally unplugged from my Mac a few days ago. When I pushed the USB back in, my laptop no longer recognised the drive, and the drive itself made a beeping noise every second and the light on it kept flashing. Just wanted to find out how much it would be cost to get it fixed or get the files off of there. Through Seagate it’s several hundred pounds and I definitely can’t afford that as a student ha! Thanks in advance.

Computer Science Labs logoI have a seagte portable hard five, it got bumped or knocked over in the house. I would like to get information like photos recovered from it and was looking for a price.
I’m currently working away at the moment so a reply by email would be good.
I live in the glasgow are so could drop drive Into lab.

My advice would be to try Computer Science Labs at http://computersciencelabs.com

Emergency RAID Data Recovery

I have a home NAS unit ( Netgear Duo).
2 x 3TB raid drives for media, photo etc.
The unit fell about 30cm.
The drive now click, then after about 30 minutes go quiet, I can see about 2% of the data. ( just one folder tree) and open documents.
The rest is not visible.
I have not tried anything to avoid data loss.

My advice would be to give these people a ring: http://emergency-raid-datarecovery.com/

Data Recovery Equipment

Data recovery hardware (the equipment used by data recovery companies exists), although there is not much of it. The equipment in this video is made by the Chinese company DFL – it looks like equipment formerly made by Salvation Data, which was shall we say, not very good at all. I haven’t seen this latest DFL equipment, but if it’s anything like the Salvation Data it looks like then it’s probably not worth buying.

Experience has taught me that the best data recovery equipment is usually best developed in house and is cobbled together by the employees of data recovery companies. The difficulty with data recovery is that it’s a kind of “black art”, there aren’t really any decent manuals that go into details of how to repair hard drives, and the techniques developed by data recovery companies to recover and repair hard drives are kept secret as these developments give the companies an edge over their competitors.

Think about it, data recovery recovery can be quite lucrative and hard drives are always going to break, so if Company X can repair a specific type of busted hard drive and Company Y can’t, then Company X are going to have a distinct advantage. Data recovery seems to be all about what you know, “knowledge is power” as the old phrase goes. I’ve found two sites that go go into detail about hard drive repair and data recovery, they are obviously written by people involved in data recovery, the are Data Clinic Ltd (for data recovery), and Data-Recovery-Tips (for people wanting to learn how to repair hard drives).

Recovering Deleted Data

If there’s nothing wrong with your hard drive, then you can use either software or an online data recovery service to recover your data.

Online Data Recovery Service | Data Clinic LtdThe reasons hard disks fail are several, for example they can be knocked or get the incorrect power supplies connected to them, so when you save your files to your hard drive please remember the safety of your own files is not guaranteed. Occasionally it is necessary to mend a hard disk that has developed a fault to be able to retrieve the folders on it that is not saved elsewhere. At times like these you must hire a specialist data recovery business, that are skilled in recovering the data from crashed hard-drive. Many years ago there were not that many data recovery businesses in existence, these days there are many and sadly a lot of them are not really good. Do not make the mistake of thinking the capabilities of data recovery companies are exactly the same. Their capabilities vary greatly – just because they have a decent looking web site doesn’t mean they could repair your hard drive or restore the missing files on it.

Your PC contains at least one hard disk drive. It’s the part of the computer system that stores all of the information, documents and photos you make. A hard drive is regularly full of treasured folders, so obviously, a hard drive fault is better avoided.

Occasionally if there is no damage with the hard drive, software programs may be used to help you retrieve your missing folders yourself. There are generally trial versions which can be found on the web that may let you know what they can and can’t recover first. If you decide to restore the data the software find you’ll need to purchase the application licence which generally costs several pounds. A word of warning though, what may at first appear to be a straightforward hard drive problem could be something far more serious and trying to rescue the data yourself may cause many more troubles. So if in doubt, you always need to seek specialist assistance because there might be difficulties in part of your hard drive that stop it from functioning properly.

Remember that because your hard disk breaks or the data it contains appear to have gone, this does not mean the files are gone forever. Experienced folder retrieval firms can find and rescue lost files on a damaged hard drive. In the complete process of restoring the data, the hard drive faults that led to the folders getting lost in the very first instance will likely be fixed. This is beneficial because it ensures that it isn’t going to occur again.