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Old 1st February 2018
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Data recovery

I have two external drives that have failed, I cannot get any data from them. I had a local computer problem fixer had a go at recovering but couldn't gat anything.

Anyone had experience of Data Recovery firms?
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Re: Data recovery

Did either of you manage to work out if it's the drive or the caddy that houses it that's gone belly up?
Have you had contact with the manufacturer?
I ask as I've just had a LaCie NAS die on me. LaCie suggested using a normal caddy, but that I'd need a Linux file reader to access the files if the HDD was still OK.
I failed to get the PC to see the drive in a spare USB caddy unfortunately.
When I contacted them again, I asked if I could just replace the HDD with a new one , but apparently not as it would need software on the new drive which they won't supply. Neither will they do it for me.
I've not used it much, probably less than 20 times due to other pressing matters, and several of them I had to reset the NAS, but it's now out of warranty. I think I'll avoid their products in the future.
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Re: Data recovery

Try DataQuest in Portsmouth

http://www.dq-int.co.uk/portsmouth-data-recovery/

Warning their fees go up according to the urgency of the work (Or used to) We had a talk and demo from them at the local Mac User Group
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Re: Data recovery

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Did either of you manage to work out if it's the drive or the caddy that houses it that's gone belly up?
That's what I was going to ask.
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Re: Data recovery

A couple of useful maxims to follow are

Data does not exist if it does not exist in two or more locations.

Drives exist in one of two states - dead or about to die.

Follow these two rules and you have a good chance of not losing any data.
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Re: Data recovery

As above - do the devices fail to show up when you connect them or do the devices show up but there's no data?
If the devices are visible then it might be worth trying Recuva - I've not used it but I know people who have - there's a free version.
https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva
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Re: Data recovery

I had a disk on my Linux laptop fail to boot. I used a 'live' Linux distro (Knoppix) to recover the data. It was a couple of years ago, but IIRC I was able to find an uncorrupted partition table and use that. There are lots of partition table copies kept on a Linux FS.

There may be similar techniques on other systems.

The excellent Knoppix distro is here:

http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html

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Re: Data recovery

I have used Ubuntu to successfully recover files which Windows reported as corrupted and unreadable. An Ubuntu/Linux live disc is always handy -just in case. As Derek says 'Data does not exist if it does not exist in two or more locations.' All my data is copied on to two hard drives on each of two computers as well as an external HDD, again -just in case.
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Re: Data recovery

Forwhat it is worth:
I once downloaded RECUVA a free ware tool and used it successfully to recover JPEGs and movies from an external disk drive and also some SD cards.
It has two modes: Default for recovering files deleted properly and deep mode for recovering any files.
If your disk drives are operational you could give it a try.
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