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Ok so my rule of determining the level of difficulty in data recovery is really 2 questions.
#1 -  is it making any noise
#2 -  is it detected in the bios if you connect it directly to the mobo

If the answer to #1 is yes - then if you want any hopes of recovering the data do not attempt to continue powering it on. It can be making noise because the heads are broken or bent and if that's the case you will scrape the platters and kill the drive beyond any hope of recovery. (data recovery isn't like the way they show it in the movies you cannot actually remove a platter and recover any data off it) And please do not attempt the Freezer Trick - it doesn't work on current drives anymore and actually introduces condensation in the drive that can kill the platters.
If its detected in the bios we can try a couple of things - and i can usually recover the data for about $250 - $799 - over 50% of the time its about $300.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #75 on: September 03, 2012, 05:55:01 PM »
Depending on its cost, they'll might request a quote first on what it would cost simply to replace the screen.

No reason not to try.

They will only do this if I tell them what's wrong; if I just say that it's not working, they will have me send it to them. Does this improve my chances?

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #76 on: September 03, 2012, 06:01:50 PM »
Tell them the screen doesn't work - you don't see anything

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #77 on: September 03, 2012, 08:31:31 PM »
hey dh
i have a server running server 03 and the main c drive is low on space. i cant seem to delete more items to clear up space
is there a way to pop in a new drive while maintaining all the info?
thanks

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #78 on: September 03, 2012, 08:54:57 PM »
Yes, 2 ideas. The easy way is to add a data drive as a secondary hard drive. The other better way to do it, is to clone the entire c onto a bigger hard drive that way you maintain the integrity of the server, dont lose data, add space and it will help for speed as well many times.

Specifics obviously depend if you're running raid or not etc.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #79 on: September 03, 2012, 09:17:57 PM »
Specifics obviously depend if you're running raid or not etc.
What server isn't Raid? Lol


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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #80 on: September 03, 2012, 09:20:06 PM »
you'd  be surprised! Many small offices use a regular optiplex  or precision as a server

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« Reply #81 on: September 03, 2012, 09:24:24 PM »
you'd  be surprised! Many small offices use a regular optiplex  or precision as a server
Lol, that's not called a server ;)


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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #82 on: September 03, 2012, 09:26:25 PM »
why not? can be a file server, a vpn server, exchange server, bes server, sometimes even they install reg windows 2003 server on a precision machine

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« Reply #83 on: September 03, 2012, 10:23:04 PM »
Typically an office that has a simple Desktop that they are using as a Server its a file server, and IMHO its stupid not to have a Raid config.

I'm kidding by saying its not a server.


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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #84 on: September 03, 2012, 10:27:56 PM »
agreed - just to avoid downtime you should have raid 5.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #85 on: September 03, 2012, 10:33:17 PM »
Raid 10 - Raid 5 is harder to recover ;)

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #86 on: September 03, 2012, 10:34:05 PM »
he's running server 2003 really doubt he has raid 10. anyway I have recovered min 100 raid 5

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #87 on: September 04, 2012, 03:58:24 PM »
i believe its raid drives, does that affect the cloning process?

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #88 on: September 04, 2012, 04:25:39 PM »
just means its a little more difficult to do properly - and involves replacing all the drives as well. it may be cheaper to add a raid array for data

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #89 on: September 04, 2012, 08:30:09 PM »
So someone just called me asking if I could recover data off a hdd... The laptop was on a counter and was on when it fell to the floor. They had someone take the hdd out and connect it to another computer but the hdd wouldn't power up.

Any ideas?