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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 #945 on: January 03, 2021, 03:27:08 PM »
Installed both but can't figure out how to run them.
They seem like the old DOS programs.
Any help?
Thanks.
Please shut off that computer and come back.

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Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #946 on: January 03, 2021, 03:31:14 PM »
Trying to see if it can be done for free.
I assume he charges.
Is the data not worth the price of a good software?
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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #947 on: January 03, 2021, 03:45:30 PM »
Why's that?
Something to do with ones and zeros ;)

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #948 on: January 03, 2021, 08:11:09 PM »
Please shut off that computer and come back.
Ok. Now what?

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #949 on: January 03, 2021, 08:13:07 PM »
Is the data not worth the price of a good software?
For some reason I get the feeling that if free software like Recuva and others are not recovering much than the paid programs won't either.
Am I wrong?
If I am wrong, which paid program would you recommend?
How much would a professional charge to do it?

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #950 on: January 03, 2021, 08:14:11 PM »
Something to do with ones and zeros ;)
Why would the computer overwrite what has been deleted if there is about 300GB of empty space left anyway?

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #951 on: January 03, 2021, 08:18:04 PM »
Why would the computer overwrite what has been deleted if there is about 300GB of empty space left anyway?
Why take that risk?
It's also possible that it tries to fill up the drive in the most efficient manner possible, which may be through rewriting the old data, or it could even be better for drive longativity.
Regardless, in my personal experience I've had lots of times when a file got deleted and even without doing much perhaps creating a document or two, the previous files weren't fully recoverable.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #952 on: January 03, 2021, 08:25:50 PM »
Trying to see if it can be done for free.
I assume he charges.
I believe he doesn't charge as he he doesn't do data recovery anymore no service =no fee, I used him in the past and he was great
if it's not so important for you then go ahead and play and whatever happens happens, if it is don't do anything and give it over to a professional, the more you play with it the less of a chance of recovery you'll have.

how does Recuva work?
a hard drive has memory slots and indexes what slots are already used and what slots are still available, when you delete a file (soft delete without overwriting) all it does it removes the flag that its used, it doesn't actually delete them, when you save the next file or anything else it looks for a free slot and might overwrite the one you flagged as availible and thats when you lose it.

a file can be stored on a couple of memory blocks

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #953 on: January 03, 2021, 09:33:34 PM »
For some reason I get the feeling that if free software like Recuva and others are not recovering much than the paid programs won't either.
Am I wrong?
If I am wrong, which paid program would you recommend?
How much would a professional charge to do it?
I have no idea why, but most free software do more harm than good.

r-studio is the only professional program that I know which is also user friendly.

If you want to try to do it yourself install r-studio on a different pc, and plug in the hard, r-studio may detect the all the deleted files, if not do a scan on the drive.

Make absolutely sure to copy the recovered from to a different drive.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #954 on: January 03, 2021, 09:52:49 PM »
Why would the computer overwrite what has been deleted if there is about 300GB of empty space left anyway?
Even writing a few files, can be the difference between a full recovery with the complete folder structure, and a raw recovery, which is all files recovered by types without the original name and folder.

The file table is stored in one area of the hard drive, and if the entry is marked as deleted it could be overwritten with very little data.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #955 on: January 03, 2021, 11:12:05 PM »
I have no idea why, but most free software do more harm than good.

r-studio is the only professional program that I know which is also user friendly.

If you want to try to do it yourself install r-studio on a different pc, and plug in the hard, r-studio may detect the all the deleted files, if not do a scan on the drive.

Make absolutely sure to copy the recovered from to a different drive.
Which of these would we get?
https://www.r-studio.com/Buy-Data-Recovery-Software.html

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #956 on: January 03, 2021, 11:12:38 PM »
Thank you all for your advice & help.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #957 on: January 03, 2021, 11:25:54 PM »
Which of these would we get?
https://www.r-studio.com/Buy-Data-Recovery-Software.html
I guess the NTFS version.

I think you can do a scan before purchasing, and will tell you what version you need.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #958 on: January 03, 2021, 11:32:48 PM »
Someone recommended easeus.
What do you guys think?

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #959 on: January 03, 2021, 11:37:59 PM »
I guess the NTFS version.

I think you can do a scan before purchasing, and will tell you what version you need.
I can't find the option for doing a scan before purchasing.