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Help recovering hard drive data

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

I have an external hard drive, which seems to be TURN ON for roughly 3 seconds and then TURNS OFF immediately (spins down), whilst making a beeping noise. Addtionally, during those 3 seconds the disk is spinning.
(Note: the heads were originally stuck but are now free. Also, the controller board seems to be a bit burnt, as some of the gold lines look discoloured).
Please can you advise me on this? Is there a possibility that the control board is causing this problem and just needs to be replaced?

CCTV unit for data recoveryAnswer: Hi – your hard drive has a head fault – it’s not a controller board problem. A beeping hard drive indicates that it has a mechanical problem. To retrieve the data from it requires the attentions of a good data recovery specialist. On this blog we recommend several data recovery companies – try http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/ for further assistance.

Deleted Partitions
160gb hdd win7 deleted 3 partitions for clean install of win7 only to be told later there was 2 folders in the root of C. I’ve ran a few recovery programs read only but cant find the partition

Answer: If the data you need recovering has been overwritten by the clean install then your data has been lost for good – there’s no point running a data recovery program on it – it’s gone for good.

Hard drive spins then shuts down very quickly.
Need a price and a ETA on doing this job.
Drive: Seagate Baracuda XT.
S/N: 9WM7XHYM
P/N: 9GV168-036
fIRMWARE CC44
DATECODE: 12153
sITECODE: TK
WWN: 5000C5003F05EE38
CAPACITY 2TB

I have a 32GB Lexar 1000x CF card used in a Canon camera – the card is corrupted and I can’t view or transfer the photographs (RAW files) I have tried a few free recovery software, but none have helped. When I try and read it on my PC, it says it needs to format the disk. Is this something you can help me with? And, if so, how much would it cost?

We have received ccTV hard drive back from the police after a break in but we are unable to retrieve the data from q3 April 17 to 17th April 17. We are looking to get this data onto a disc so we can view it and understand how the breaking was carried out

Answer: Search the dataclinic.co.uk site (mentioned above) and find the CCTV data recovery section. They should be able to help.

Buffalo Hard Drive Fault

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

This month I’ve had a spate of enquiries about faulty Buffalo hard drives. IMO any hard drive that produces ticking or buzzing sounds should be sent to a data recovery company. Don’t try and fix it yourself !

My hard drive produces a clicking/ticking noise when turned on. This happens no matter how many times I reset it. It’s a Buffalo branded external hard drive.

hard drive exposedMy daughter is taking A-Level exams and has kept her work on a USB stick. She has plugged it into her Mac tonight and the system is saying that there is an error. (She did not back her work up! aggghh).
We have tried various fixes but none seem to work.
The work that is on the USB needs to handed in by Tuesday afternoon at the latest.
I know it is a big ask but is it possible to recover the work at such short notice? If so, I would be able to drop the USB of at Geldard Road, Leeds when you open at 8am for possible recovery?

My external Buffalo harddrive will no longer show up on my computer but I have hundreds of photos on there that I would really like to retrieve if possible. Please can I send it to you to see if anything can be done?

My hard drive no longer mounts on both Mac and Window platforms. The cable is relatively new and I tried the different USB ports available to me. It did mount temporarily a few days ago on my windows 10 tablet but its connection sporadically cut out by itself. Now it no longer mounts. It is still receiving power once connected as I can hear and feel the drive whirring. It’s a portable Buffalo type.

Hard drive was accidentally formatted and as a result all files are no longer accessible. I tried running a recovery and was able to see the files but unable to recover them as I wasn’t confident of what I was doing and didn’t want to lose the files.

Samsung S4 Mini is completely unresponsive, although when connected to a computer the computer does recognise the phone as an “unkown device” with an error message being displayed saying (“one of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and windows does not recognise it”). I would like to make an enquiry to recover my personal data / photo’s directly from the phones memory if this is possible?

Data Recovery Q&A

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

My friend has seagate external hard drive and had mac format, but i tried using on windows 10 pc, it didn’t work so tried back on my friend’s mac, now it says not readable, can you please provide any suggestion why it could be that and is it recoverable?

HDD not readable messageI’m told by my local computer repair place that the controller of my seagate external 2TB drive has failed. If this is the case, could you give a rough guide as to the price for recovery.

Internal Seagate Barracuda 500Gb hard drive just died. it is making clicking noise while my computer is starting up and doesn’t get detected by W7. is any chance to recover the data from it? at least the photos

Dropped WD My Passport Ultra (not hard or far from the floor) and now no computer will read it. It lights up and is recognised in the driver yet I cannot open it. Is this something you could repair or get back my information from?

My computer suffered some trauma and my hard drive is inaccessible. I have tried as much as I can DIY to get access to the files but I can’t. Can you examine the hard drive such that you can see how much you can recover of the hard drive before actually going ahead and retrieving the documents? Secondly, how much do you charge for your retrieval service?

No power at all. Need to recover the data to another HD (provided, but Windows 10 operating system).
Details: Apple imac mid-2011 21.5″ Hard-Drive.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB.
Serial No: S2A4G1P6 ST3500418AS
P/N: 9SL142-240 Firmware: AP73
Date Code: 12333 Site Code: SU
DOM: 02/2012 Made in China
Printed Circuit Board details: foxcom
Rev 100535704 Rev C
winbond W9412G6JH -5 1143W
61325W000 8265F
LSI- B5502D0 Seagate
Data connector – 100504880

24hourcomputerrepairs comment: Data recovery is rarely simple. If the hard drive is still working and you instead have a problem with your data then software fixes can sometimes help. But if you have a problem with your actual hard drive, no software is going to help. You will need hardware assistance so Google a data recovery expert.

External Driver (Hard Drive) Recovery

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

In this post I decided to send some hard drives to Recover Deleted Data to test their data recovery capabilities. I was surprised what I discovered: they were actually very good. It’s not often that an ‘under the radar’ hard drive recovery company like this are any good. With a bit of digging I found out that they were trained by Data Clinic Ltd, who are recognised experts in data recovery.

My external driver (I think he means ‘hard disk drive’) has some problems and I can not get access to my data.
The lens (I think he means ‘read write heads’) are damaged and are touching the disk not allowing it to spin.
I would like to recover all the data on this external driver.
How much this will cost?
Where do you usually save this data? Do you need a new external driver?

Adjusted my WD MyPassport 1TB from one position to the other (didn’t even drop it) and it stopped working. Making the clicking noise. I need the whole 1TB worth of data recovered (I can send a working hard drive to put it on if need be?) and I am looking for preferably less than £100.

Comment: There is no chance of recovering the data from a mechanically damaged hard drive like yours for anything less than £395 ex VAT

Windows Safe Mode Problems
Installed Windows Media Pack 3 which caused the computer to not boot. Couldn’t get it to start even in safe mode. Did a system recovery which unfortunately restored the computer to factory settings so I lost all my data

safe mode screen

My external hard drive is not working. My computer recognises that it is connected to the hard drive and the light goes on and a whirring sounds is heard but nothing appears on the screen. I have two external drive like this.

I have a 1TB Samsung M3 portable hard drive with photos, films and music on it. The PC and a Sony Blu Ray player are not recognising the hard drive when it is connected. When connected to the PC or Blu Ray Player, the blue light comes on the hard drive, then flashes three times, then goes off. The disk then stops spinning. Sometimes the blue light stays on and the disk spins but the computer or blu ray player do not recognise it
I’ve tried a different cable and on 2 different PC’s but still the same problem. I’m not sure if it’s been dropped, been in close proximity to magnets (my son may have played with magnets near it? unlikely though) or whether there is a problem with the driver. I’ve had it about two years. Just before the problem started, I plugged it in at work and my work computer did a ‘scan and fix’ but then said it didn’t need fixing and it opened okay. I work in Putney/Wandsworth so quite near the Data Clinic Chiswick office if that helps.

Recover Deleted Data were able to assist with sorting out the hard drive problems on all the above cases.

Can’t Load / Stopped Working

Monday, April 24th, 2017

I have a sandisk 32gb drive pen, part of the internal plastic assembly has become dislodged back inside the metal casing which means I can’t insert it into a usb port. Would you assist with this and, if so, could you please quote me a price?

I have a Mac. Can’t load operating system, but drive still makes noise for the first few seconds of booting, then clicking noise stopps, but platter is still spinning.

I have a WD “MyCloud” type external hard drive which is out of warranty and has stopped working. I need the data which is on the drive recovered. Am happy to drop this off at your Lombard Street office (I work nearby). Let me know what I should do.

My seagate 1tb external hard drive, I have arrwmpted to plug it in to my laptop and work desktop.
The light comes on however it will not show up on the computer.

My external hard drive has stopped working I am now unable to access any data on it. It is a Cajie [ I think they mean LaCie ] hard drive – with mostly photos and videos on it.

I have a corrupted hard-drive which has been broken for 3 years. I sent it to a data recovery company and they weren’t able to fix it. However, they offered a physical action and I didn’t accept. I live in London and I can bring the drive over.

My USB was connected to my laptop, and I accidentally knocked it off the sofa, breaking my USB. The tip is now detached from the rest of the drive, but the green part (don’t know the lingo, sorry) looks fine. All my university coursework is on there and I desperately need my files back. :( Is there anyway you could fix it?

Old laptop runs some very old hardware. No longer supported. Customer wants data recovering to a new (identical) hard drive that will go back in the laptop so it’ll continue to work

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?

Various Data Recovery Enquiries

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Here’s a selection of some of the latest problems we’ve been asked to look at. As hard drive recovery specialists we can often recover the data from systems when you’ve given up hope. Our friends at Data Recovery Tips have some great online advice about hard drive recovery that we can recommend should be get into problems with a computer disk!

We have a RAID array with 8 hard drives, three drives have failed, what are the chances of any data recovery and could you give a rough estimate of cost? Thanks

My son has a seagate expansion portable drive on which he has a number of downloaded x box games on for his x box one console, when it was turned on last night the x box would start up and then turn off, we noticed that it would repeatedly go off and on when the hard drive was plugged into the console and that the console would work fine by itself if the drive wasn’t attached. Can you help as obviously this has caused the end of the world with the potential loss of progress on his games!

access denied- busted hard drive hddMy dad accidentally deleted my pictures off my external hard drive a while back but i havent used it since, would I be able to get them back? Also how much does it cost

iMac hard drive was clicking on start up and couldn’t be found and apple support said it has to be replaced. I need my data recovered first – especially photos – which I don’t have backed up. Its an iMac 27inch from 2011. 1TB hard drive.

Hi – I have an LTO backup disk with an SQL server database on it. We don’t have facilities to read it here, so I need to get it restored onto a server to enable access to it and put it onto another medium. Is that a service you would offer?

The USB port on the external hard drive has come away from the circuit board. Can you glue/solider back on?
Seagate 1TB portable hard drive.
The hard drive or its files will not show up on any laptop or computer.
The light is flashing and the hard drive whirs but that is it. It is said to be ‘unavailable’ when located in the devices folder.

Hello, my portable hard drive Free Agent GoFlex is broken, computers does not see it. How much will be the recovery of data?

Mechanical Fault on HDD.

I have a western digital 2TB hard drive with five years worth of footage that i desperately need back as some of the videos were going to be used for my dissertation, it started off just not connecting through the cable, so i left the hard drive back home with my friend to use an adapter to get the footage back and copy it over. However, when he went to copy the data to a new drive, it has started making a ticking noise and not showing up on any machine that he has tried. Is there anything you could do to help with this issue and would you be able to provide a quote/estimate of how much it’d be?

It is a 2TB Seagate Barracuda, roughly 4 years old. It stopped working completely and is not being seen in Disk Management. When it boots there is a squeaky sound.

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

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.