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Laptop Drives not working

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

My laptop fell to the floor after I had just put the lid down and it was going to sleep. Proceeded to try and login and it freezes on the loading screen for ages and doesn’t do anything. Run the diagnostics, the smart scan hard drive has passed but the short DST hard drive test has failed. Tried automatic repair and it says that the computer cannot be repaired with this link in the error message C:\\WINDOWS\system32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt
Then I tried to restore it to the point my computer suggested, it starts up again, but never gets past the loading screen.

The hard drive is an iomega 750GB. It was knocked off a shelf and now the power comes on but it will not connect to laptop. It sounds like its trying to start up but keeps failing.

My hard drive was dropped and now it is no longer detected and makes a buzzing noise when connected.

I have a Maxtor 3200 external hard drive which I haven’t used for many years. I am aware that the drive will not work on later versions of Windows, and have therefore tried to use it on an old Windows XP desktop computer. The drive is showing as not fully installing and therefore unable to be accessed. The indicator light on the drive goes from bright, to dull, to off as it flashes – I am not sure if this is how it used to flash or not. Could the data on this drive be retrieved?

I own an iPod Classic – It’s over 8 years old (I think) – All my music ended up being stored on this (after downloading CD’s onto old PC laptop which is long gone) – I’m trying to retrieve the music and know not to restore as this will delete music stored – Problem is iPod now saying need to restore to access – Can you help? Willing to pay as really don’t want to lose music – Thank you (I am based in Wimbledon)

3tb hard drive. I have opened to take a look and can see a clear scratch.
Just need image files and Lightroom backup files recovered – all else not required or wanted!
Is this a possibility and how much?

HDD Issues

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

We’ve seen a lot of HDD enquiries this month from people wish to retrieve their data from their dead devices. See what you think !

I have a Western Digital 3.5 inch
1TB SATA 64Mb Cache pc Internal drive. IT was dropped from table height and now doesnt boot up/ read.
Its about half full. Can you please give me a quote to recover the information and transfer it to a replacement drive which I will provide.

Laptop drive st1000lm024.
User claims drive knocked off table but did not hit the floor as it was attached by USB .
Drive now clicks several times then goes quite.
Drive not detected by pic.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex for Mac 1TB
Stopped working and has disk clicking.
Can power up and FreeAgent shows up on Mac OS via the devices windows pane.
Device has not been dropped.

I have a smartphone Samsung s6 edge which has just gone dead, does not charge or turn on and is unresponsive. I cannot get the phone to work at all. I relied on my phone for work purposes so have lost data and schedules and photos, contacts, apps etc. Are u able to help with this matter?

USB is not being recognised in laptop, it hasn’t got any physical damage. Nothing comes up when plugged in, tried multiple laptops.

Apple iMac 27 with Internal 3TB Drive Failed booting due to hard drive problems,
I have installed the OS on external drive to access my hard drive ( for my data)
I can access and browse it but can’t copy it as its very slow and then it stops itself.
2TB Important Data.
Can you help me? if yes what sort of costs are we looking at?

supoerblock corruptionMy desktop HDD has not been used for 3 years and now it goes wrong. It has SuSE 12.3 on it with ext4 filesystem without journals as long as I remember.
Windows does not see the device.
The BIOS of my laptop is recognizing it.
When I try to mount it from another Linux it says “superblock fail to load…“.
The boot partition is still working and loading the boot manager but cannot fully load the OS, it stop on
“Want me to fall back to /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST31000340NS_9QJ5ZYKO-part3?
resume device /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST31000340NS_9QJ5ZYKO-part2 not found (ignoring)
Waitnig for device /dev/root to appear……..Could not find /dev/root.”
and it goes in bootloop.
Never been damaged.

the computer do not recognize my hard drive. the light of the hard drive turns green but i could not see the drive on my pc. USB drive no longer working with an “IO error.” Computer doesn’t seem to be able to access the device. The computer is also unable to read the capacity of the device. I’m a teacher so a response via email or via phone after 3.30pm is the best way to contact.
Device is a Kingston DTSE9 8GB USB.

HDD’s Broken

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

I’ve received a large number of broken hard drives (HDD’s) lately and I sent them off to http://www.datlabsdatarecovery.co.uk/ to have the data recovered from them. I have a Seagate freeagent desktop external hard drive. This is suddenly longer recognised by desktop computer. I plugged it into my home laptop with same result. The Seagate box contains family photos and personal docs going back many years. I am hoping there’s a chance of retrieving these with your help? I live in Plymouth, Devon (120 miles from your Bristol office). Is this a problem?

I’m having trouble with a 2TB SATA external drive. The drive stopped working while attached to my computer. It is formatted MS-DOS. The drive spins up, but makes a quiet clicking noise. I’ve taken it from the enclosure and put it in another SATA enclosure and the same happens. I guess that means it’s a mechanical failure inside the drive, or on the board. It has some important data I would like to retrieve. Any chance you could give me a quote?

We have an MSA 2000 with two x 6 disk RAID5 volumes containing a number of VMware VMs. It is reporting multiple disk failures after a power cut.
We have a backup of the VMs via Backup Exec but the database is on a VM which is now unavailable because of the disk failures in the SAN.
We’re working on a workaround but as a plan b I wondered whether this is something you might be able to assist with.
We open for business again on 3rd Jan and must be fully operational.

Seagate external hardrive makes beeping noise and is not recognisable on my mac. Stopped working after I dropped it on the carpet from waist height. Power cable and transformer are working but hard drive doesn’t turn on so unable to access data. My EHD can’t connect to computer. Microsoft Help states possible malfunction. Done some research and could be down to overheating as the drive is stored inside a small drawer. Would appreciate if you could help me out.

I have a very old ibook G4 that will not start. Sometimes nothing happens when I switch it on but occasionally a blank blue screen will come on but nothing else happens.
I have photos on the machine that i would like to recover.
Can you estimate the cost of recovering photos from the laptop?

Some Phone and Hard Drive Enquiries

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

This post is all about the topic of data recovery. Data recovery is what we need when our electronic devices become inaccessible and we need to retrieve the data that is on them. Data recovery usually involves the repair of the device (e.g.. hard drive or phone), before the data is recovered from it.

Toshiba usb portable hard drive. the socket has broken off the small mother board and fallen in to the casing. The hardrive itself should be functioning.if you connect to it directly. We need to remove the data from it.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 and factory reset has been done on it. I would like to recover the photos from the phone.

A phone data retrieval service I can recommend is http://phone-recovery.pen.io/

I would like to access the data and photos from two of my old laptops that have been broken a few years. Could you advise how much it’s likely to cost.

Fujitsu M2681SAMI have a Fujitsu M2681SAM 264mb 3.5, 50 pin SCSI LP Hard Drive out of a piece of outputting equipment for the printing industry. I can’t get the imagesetter to load the info off the H/drive and not sure if it’s the CPU board or the H/drive. I was looking to have the H/Drive tested, and the information transferred to another H/drive of which I could locate and supply if needed. I am based in North Birmingham. What help can you offer and what sort of costs would be involved.
If you could contact me with any information that would be appreciated.

i was wiping my laptop as i was giving it to a family member. http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac/how-reset-macbook-air-pro-imac-restore-your-mac-original-factory-settings-macos-3494564/
i used this guide to help. i had important University documents on the desktop. i hope to recover.
please do not call me if your services are costing over £400 like other competitors.

I recently took out and cleaned my five year old laptop and placed everything back the way it was. Long story short it would not boot I ran a start up test to see why and it froze. The computer nor the drive is responsive even when I put the drive in a working computer or vise versa

Hard Drive Issues and a Phone Problem

Friday, November 25th, 2016

I have issues with 2 drives. Segate external plug in, started clicking and now wont boot up. Second drive cable connection is very loose and i cant get that to boot up either. My external hard drive does not display data when connected to laptop.

Seagate hard driveIt’s data recovery from a Laptop, ASUS G551TW-CN080H-16GB. It’s a logical failure, rather than a physical drive problem.
The Laptop developed a problem with the power where it would not hold a charge and ran until it had no power left. As it was under warranty it was sent back to ASUS for repair. However they replaced the mainboard and recovered the operating system without backing up the files on the laptop, or reinstating the file index/table.

The laptop came with the hard drive partitioned as; C drive – for system files, D drive – for file storage, E drive – for file storage. The hard drive wasn’t replaced when the laptop was sent away for repair, and came back with the same partition configuration as above.
The hard drive is a 1 TB HDD / 7200rpm – SATA 6 Gb/s.

The files I want to recover were mostly on the D drive, with some on the E. The most important file types are video and photo, .avi, mp4, mts, mov, and jpg.
Data recovery software has been run on the machine once, and a lot of the photo’s and some of the video’s recovered. There are still a lot of video files which were not recovered.

I made a factory data reset on my Sony smartphone, and all my photos and contacts have been deleted.

London Data Recovery

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Here’s a question that came into us asking about the services of hard drive specialists Data Clinic Ltd. It sounds to us like the folks at this diy data recovery site may be able to help too, but if you want to use Data Clinic, their London address is on Lombard Street – EC3V 9LJ

Hello i’m a student living in London.
- I have a Seagate 1tb external hard drive which broke on the 12th of November.
– The light on my hard drive does not turn on.
– The hard drive isn’t recognized so therefore I can not access my files.
– When I connect it to my computer through usb it clicks for about 40 seconds and stops making any noise altogether.
-There isn’t a huge amount on the hard drive but it is of great value to me.
I am a student and I am working full time. I really am on a budget. I would like to think that this is a small job for ‘dataclinic’. If you could quote me the probable price and recovery time, that would be great.

wd blueAnd another quote question too:
I am looking for donor drive WD10SPCX (or just heads), do you have any? How much does is cost?

Our advice is to stay away from buying hard drives of the same model for data recovery purposes unless you are sure you know what you are doing. If fixing a busted hard drive by buying the same model and swapping the control board was all you had to do there wouldn’t be data recovery companies. So be careful as you’ll be wasting a lot of money.

The costs of data recovery can vary considerably depending on the type of drive – don’t forget there are SSD’s as well as HDD’s now!, and the fault with it – data problems, unresponsive drives, dead drives, noisy ‘clicking’ drives are all different faults that are fixed differently and varying in cost.

Computing Problems – November 2016

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

My Sony Vaio laptop turns on saying the hard disk/drive was not detected. I do not know why as last time I used it worked perfectly fine. Please get in touch asap via email. I am free on Monday 31st so I can drop it then.

Seagate "Backup Plus" drivesI have an iPhone that is stuck on the Apple logo and won’t reboot or enter recovery mode so as to allow recovery of files. It is an iPhone 4S. I live in Switzerland. Do you offer a service whereby I could send the unit to you (Fedex) for you to do a diagnostic test? If so, could you send me a list of prices, or at least the price for a diagnostic test.
In this case, I’d be seeking to recover the photo files and the voice memorandum file in the iPhone dictaphone utility.

A seagate external hard drive is not responding when connected. Need to recover the data in the hard drive. Could you please give me a quote for this service. I am based in London.

About 27gb of photos and videos lost, from Europe trip between April and June 2016, stored on microsd card within Motorola G3 phone. Event occurrence in end June: Dropped the Android phone from bedside table height while connected for charging, and connected to wifi, onto soft carpeted floor. Microsd card malfunction possibly due to potential unseen/unaccepted Android system update, possibly initiated by being connected to wifi after a long time, or by the drop with charge (causing a potential short circuit).

I have a Toshiba External hard drive which doesn’t seem to be working, it turns on but doesn’t boot properly or appear on my computer. I’ve tried different power cables and USB cables but they don’t work. It usually makes a fast clicking noise and the light on the front turns blue but it’s staying red and not making the noise any more. Any ideas what’s happened? I haven’t dropped it or.moved it at all it just suddenly started doing his.

Samsung HD103SJ rev.02.roo
Clicking noise, spins up then shuts down. not detected in system bios.

Questions about Broken Hard Drives

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

In this post we look at three example hard drive problems and give recommendations on identifying the problem and applying the solution to extract the data from the hard drive.

Is Hard Drive Repair Worth It ?
My external hard drive is clicking and not connecting to my macbook so I know it is broken, I do not want a data recovery if possible to avoid it as I’m just wanting the hard drive fixed. I am wondering if you’s fix external hard drives? Thank you.

It’s not really financially worth fixing a hard drive. As hard drives are so cheap to buy, it works out more expensive to fix them than it would be to buy a brand new one. So, if you don’t need to data recovering from your busted hard drive, just buy a new one instead. You’ll get a warranty with it too.

Hard Drive Not Being Found
I have a Seagate 1gb usb hard drive. The light is still lit up when connected to computer, I have brought a new lead just in case it was that, unfortunately it is not being found on any computer. What do I need to do to get the drive to work?

Buying a new lead was a good idea as sometimes that’s all the problem is. Now that you’ve done that and eliminated the lead it’s worth eliminating the external case. Remove the hard drive from the casing and hook it us directly to your computer using a USB to SATA cable. If that works then obviously the case is at fault. If the hard drive is still not being found then the conclusion is that there is a fault on the hard drive. There are some things you can do yourself to try and repaid your hard drive – go and take a look at the http://www.recover-deleted-data.co.uk/ web resource for some good tips of getting the information of off broken hard drives.

Getting the Data off a Packard Bell
I would like quote for the cost of recovering data off a Packard Bell Store & Save hard disk drive Model No H2D2U2 6948820100, particularly the family photos.

You don’t actually say what the failure with your hard drive actually is. Can you provide any more information ? In the above question I mention the Recover Deleted Data web resource – I recommend that you take a look at this site as well, you may be able to find what the problem is with you hard drive and read the advice on getting the data off of it too.

3 Questions about Data

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Three questions in this post. All about data and it’s loss. The first question concerns a faulty Mac hard drive, the second an overwritten video tape, and finally a question about converting and reading data in an old format.

fixing a hard drive problemQuestion: I have a 1tb WD My Passport for Mac ext hd, last week out of nowhere it stopped showing up on my laptop (I always eject before unplugging). Went to Apple store and they said it might be a b tree failure?! It has lots of photos in it. Can they be recovered?

Answer: The b-tree is the system Mac’s use to store data on storage devices like hard drives. From experience, it’s very unlikely to be a problem with the b-tree, as the hard drive would still show up on your laptop. More likely is a hard drive problem of some kind. Is the hard drive making any different noises at all? You can find a good explanation of hard drive problems, including their symptoms in this hard drive diagnosis walkthru – http://data-recovery-tips.co.uk/hard-drive-diagnosis-walk-thru/.

Question: I have a video tape containing data that was accidentally overwritten. The video was at the beginning of the tape and the duration was around 30 minutes. When I re-wind the tape to the beginning I can see the very start of the overwritten video for a fraction of a second before it cuts to what overwrote it.

Answer: Oh dear, when data is written to video tape it entirely overwrites what was written underneath it. There is no chance of recovering this data. I is gone. I found this useful link explaining how camcorders work here http://www.explainthatstuff.com/camcorders.html.

Question: Do you have the ability to unload and export into either ASCII or EBCDIC, data provided in either AS400 SAV.OBJ or SAV.Lib format contained on a LTO5 tape? if so what is your pricing model and typical lead times and where does the conversion process reside as the data would need to stay within the EU.

Answer: EBCDIC code? Good grief, I haven’t heard that word for about 20 years, when it was an alternative to ASCII, I think ICL mainframes used to use it. LTO5 tapes are a little more recent and I know where to get those converted but I don’t know whether they support AS400 or EBCDIC formats.

More next time! Keep your questions coming!

Help With Data Recovery

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

windows error messageThis week I’ve been investigating the world of data recovery. Data recovery is a very interesting subject and something of a “dark art”. The techniques companies use to retrieve information from devices like hard disk drives and mobile phones are shrouded in secrecy because it’s this knowledge that gives these firms their competitive advantages. Here are just of the enquiries received by data recovery service providers in the UK.

> Unable to Boot A Server
Hi I have a customer who has had a server fail on them we are no longer able to boot the server or run a repair i have had the drives out and bought the relevent cables and software to extract the data from a raid 5 but i have had no sucess the drives are 4 x HP 146 gig SAS drives can you help.

> Serious PC Problems
After large thunderstorm, serious problems. PC will start and yellow HD warning light comes on, disc starts to spin up, then dies and it keeps repeating this cycle. HD is Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB. External backup HD completely dead, power light does not come on. HD is Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB.

> Nexus Tablet Stopped Working
My Nexus Tablet stopped working in June and I’ve tried several people to see if they can repair it and they can’t . What I’m concerned about most is the photos that I’ve lost. Are you able to recover them and if so, at what cost and approximately , how long would that take?

> SSD Hard Drive Problem
I have a problem with my current SSD model : SSD 960go CRUCIAL M500
SSD not booting in BIOS system due to a failure of the electronic circuitry and internal cell of the flash memory
Failure of many cells in the NAND memory due to electric shock. These do not allow access to data in the SSD

> Broken Screens
Broken Screen on iPad 2 Mini and iPhone 5. Not sure if this is something you do or not, but if so, would love to send the business your way to help justify the sponsorship of the great Richie Allen show.

> Two Ticking Hard Drives
I have two drives that are clicking:
1. Seagate ES.1 1TB
2. WD Blue 500GB

> iPhone Water Damage
My iphone, having received water damage, no longer responds – ie won’t turn on or show any sign of life.
Whereas I’m quite happy for the iphone itself to be consigned to the scrapheap, I’d like to recover the data (in particular the photographs) that are stored on it.
Can you be of any assistance?

So if you have a similar problem to any one those listed above, just look on this blog for a data recovery specialist – they are a few recommended.