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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 #375 on: February 03, 2014, 01:31:06 AM »
I don't think so
Get yourself a copy (ask a friend, search the threads) of Windows.  Boot to CD and follow the instructions.  You want a clean install with a format.
Be aware that when the install is done, you'll need access to another computer with internet to download some drivers.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #376 on: February 03, 2014, 02:39:14 AM »
Get yourself a copy (ask a friend, search the threads) of Windows.  Boot to CD and follow the instructions.  You want a clean install with a format.
Be aware that when the install is done, you'll need access to another computer with internet to download some drivers.
I once formatted with Ubunto. It was very helpful for me.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #377 on: February 03, 2014, 07:34:06 AM »
I once formatted with Ubunto. It was very helpful for me.
Ubuntu*

Windows CD can do it just as well :)  (for most people's needs)
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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #378 on: February 03, 2014, 07:53:56 AM »
Ubuntu*

Windows CD can do it just as well :)  (for most people's needs)
Thanks for correction :)  Yes, my case was difficult, so I needed Ubuntu*  :)  I was just giving him another option just in case he needed it.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #379 on: February 03, 2014, 08:09:42 AM »
You can get Windows 7 here (official Microsoft link):
Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit -- http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit -- http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso

Then to activate, you can use: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/24901

To do clean drive before install, http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html
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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #380 on: February 03, 2014, 11:12:23 AM »
Most of the last few pages were on the wrong thread - please discuss computer troubleshooting in the troubleshooting thread!

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #381 on: February 03, 2014, 11:29:01 AM »
Most of the last few pages were on the wrong thread - please discuss computer troubleshooting in the troubleshooting thread!
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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #382 on: February 05, 2014, 12:59:47 AM »
I have a harddrive that had a lot of TV shows, Movies, Music etc. I lent it to my bro and when he returned it he said that the hard drive got erased. Any way to get back what was lost? I have no clue how everything got erased.
I've been successful using File Salvage.
(Not sure if they do files that large - In my case I needed to recover approx 20 deleted photos and it worked!)
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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #383 on: February 07, 2014, 12:07:03 AM »
I have a broken hard drive that contains some sentimental photos and files. I gave it to the guy who fixes my computers, but he couldn't get the files off. So I sent it to Data Recovery Labs, and they examined it and told me that they could get the files off for $1500. I'm wondering if there are any other professional places out there that could maybe do it for a little cheaper. I'd probably be willing to spend $500 for this, but not $1500.

Any advice?

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #384 on: February 07, 2014, 12:09:24 AM »
I can take a look at it. I have most of the same equipment the labs have, I can usually know within a few hours how much it will run you, and I'm always cheaper.

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #385 on: February 07, 2014, 12:18:04 AM »
I can take a look at it. I have most of the same equipment the labs have, I can usually know within a few hours how much it will run you, and I'm always cheaper.
Might be a good idea. I wonder how much it would cost to ship you the drive.
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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #386 on: February 20, 2014, 09:17:08 PM »
Might be a good idea. I wonder how much it would cost to ship you the drive.
Just wondering if you got the hard drive, and if you have an update on it....
Thanks!
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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #387 on: February 20, 2014, 11:38:54 PM »
Got it, interesting case. Seems like a firmware issue and no bad heads. Will put it up to run further testing tomorrow. PM or email me for update

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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #388 on: February 21, 2014, 12:44:37 AM »
Got it, interesting case. Seems like a firmware issue and no bad heads. Will put it up to run further testing tomorrow. PM or email me for update
Interesting - looking forward to hearing the  verdict!
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Re: Data Recovery - Any Questions?
« Reply #389 on: February 23, 2014, 01:23:23 PM »
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Trying to get to recovery partition, boot menu or BIOS setup. Tried F2, F8 and F9 at start up with no luck.
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