Posts Tagged ‘data recovery’

Ireland Data Recovery

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Data recovery services in Ireland are not widespread. UK companies like Data Clinic will provide a decent service, although you’ll have to send your equipment to the UK mainland to have the information retrieved.

A map of Northern and Southern Ireland

I am currently living in Ireland. I would like to ask you some questions for fixing my iPhone 5 I can’t turn it back on. There are a lot of precious photos and movies of my family on the phone, and I hadn’t backed them up yet. I really want to recover the data but I don’t know if it’s possible. Would you be so kind as to assist me with my problem? I’ve included the technical detail regarding my iPhone.
Status of the trouble
2.1. Basic information
Unit type: iPhone 5 (32GB) *Japanese model
iOS version: iOS 6.1.4 or 7 (not sure)
Storage space: 1.0-1.2 GB (probably)
– Pictures: around 22 GB
Mobile phone carrier: Softbank (Japanese company)
The sequence of events
May 2016; The power can’t turn on. (The iPhone did not show anything.)
June 2016; The Apple showed only apple logo, but did not start. I tried to update iOS (Firmware and OS) but I failed to update it. It maybe because of insufficient storage. Japanese data recovering company suggested that there are no hardware defects. The Apple logo sometimes on, sometimes off. I tried to update several types of iOS (iOS 9.3.2-5 and iOS10) again, but I failed to update it.
February 2017; The iPhone did not show the Apple logo.
Questions
1) Is it possible to repair the iPhone5 and recover the data under these circumstances?
2) If yes, what kind of approaches will you use to do it, and how much does it cost to recover the iPhone?
3) In case you try to fix the iPhone, are there any risks where in to the trouble could worsen such as data destruction?
4) If you cannot fix the iPhone, do you know any companies which may be able to repair it?
Special concern
As this data is very important for my family, I really want to avoid negative impact, such as losing the data. If you have any further questions regarding my email, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Not detecting the external drive – making a click sound continously – anywhere in Northern Ireland (eg Belfast) that can help? I am unable to get to Dublin.

I have an external hard drive a Samsung 3m portable 1TB. About two months ago it failed and i sent it away for a data recovery. I know the drive was almost full but the previous data recovery company was only able to recover about 200GB of data. I was given the drive back but my PC still don’t recognise it. After reading your reviews i am wondering if you can recover more. It does have adult material (pics and videos) on the hard drive is something i like to disclose just in case its something you don’t recover. The company said it may had a power surge.

I have an iPhone where the camera roll has been wiped (approx 600) photos deleted and then the deleted photos section also cleared.
Are you able to recover the photos from my holiday in Ireland?

My Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 has stopped working. I’ve tried various things to get access to the data (mainly the photographs) on the phone, including taking it to the Samsung shop in Dublin. They diagnosed it as a hardware fault. I’m due a new phone so I didn’t follow-up with a repair from them as this would have involved losing the data. I’m not worried about what happens to this phone or getting it repaired, just more about the options for getting the data from it. Is this something you could help with? What would the likely cost of this be?

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

Phone and Hard Drive Data Recovery

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Readers of this data recovery blog will be familiar with all the different type of hard drive faults we report on. Below are some of the latest and I have no hesitation in recommending Data Clinic as the UK’s data recovery company of choice. Hard drive or phone fault, these are the people I recommend.

I have an external hard drive that was dropped onto the floor and is now defective.
It turns on and then clicks and buzzes. Another company tried to fix it to no avail but hopefully you have better technology. I’ve been recommended I try

iPhone Recovery (Data)
I drove off with my iPhone 5c on the roof of my car and it was run over by another car on the road. It was inside a leather wallet case and evidently, it was run over while lying flat. The phone itself is intact, but the screen is smashed, the home button destroyed and it will not charge or be recognised by my computer.
Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, I do not have any back ups of the phone for the last 15 months and I am looking to recover the live photos and videos from the device as they contain memories of my young child. This recovery is my primary goal, any extra data recovered would be a bonus.

Hard Drive Recoveries

seagate backup plusThe USB drive was in a back pack together with a Western Digital one, which works fine.
The drive powers on and I can hear the disk spin up. Then the drive starts to make a ticking noise and powers down.
the LED is continiously on and then starts to flash. Ultimately the OS crashes due to the disk being attached.
This is a Segate – Backup Plus Portable Drive
Model: SRD00F1
PN: 1K9AP1-502 1 TB
SN: NA7NWTCE
I’m located in Birmingham.
Can you provide me with a quote for recovering the data and possible repair?

I dropped my hard drive 1TB and my computer is unable to read the contents of it.

Unable to turn on HP Pavilion G6 laptop PC (running Windows 10). Ran system diagnostics from F10 as it starts up. Results are a HDD “Short DST Check” failure. What are my options?

I have dropped my external hard drive on the floor and it cannot be read by the computer any longer. The hard drive makes a loud whirring noise when connected to the computer and there are some files that I would like to recover from it.

I’m having a problem with my portable hard drive which is WD My Passport. Due it’s full I think as according to disk utility on my Macbook Pro. My macbook pro is working great as new from nearly one year ago. When I plugged the passport drive via usb, I can feel the passport is spinning as like it’s working but not appearing up on desktop. I’ve tried to use first aid on the passport via Disk Utility and it said failed. I don’t know why its failed. I think it was because last time when I use the passport was when I transferred the large file of video editing into passport drive. When I plugged the passport on next use, thats how its started a problem as not appearing up on desktop as I’ve struggled and tried to find a way to make the passport to be mount on desktop to get access to the files on hard drive.
Also it is possible for you to email back to me instead of phone call? It is because I’m deaf so email is the best way for to communicate.

Suspected controller board failure on a WD1002fbys manufactured oct 2010

It is a drive with a separate base unit. There is power to the base but the drive does not respond. I have tried a different drive on the first base (all OK)and the faulty drive on a different base. All to no avail

Nokia C101 Phone wont turn on problem with power switch or battery terminal perhaps. Java 64 mg. I need to retrieve text messages. Can you help

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.

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.

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.

Datlabs Data Recovery Launch New Web Site

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

UK data recovery experts Datlabs have launched a new look web site for their hard drive recovery business. The growth of the site reflects the growth in their hard drive data recovery business over the last 18 months or so.

Datlabs logoI called Datlabs to ask them about their new web site and how they are fairing in the complex world of data recovery. “We have seen a huge upturn in the amount of work being sent in to us where portable and external USB hard drives have broken” said Datlabs tech wizard Ashley Gomes. “Whereas only 5 years ago we would see comparatively few external and portable data storage devices, we now see an increase of almost 5 fold.”

This is a statistic that is common amongst many data recovery companies the world over: external hard drives are just so much more popular these days, and the fact that they are portable means they get lugged around from place to place and get knocked and dropped.

“Inside the casing a hard drive is a very delicate storage device”, continued Gomes, “a jolt or knock can cause real problems with accessibilty, whilst dropping and external hard drive can result in the data being lost forever”.

With the likes of web sites http://thursdaynightblues.com/ and http://harddriveman.com/ reporting on many different types of hard drive fault, Datlabs should be busy, and their new site rocks!

*Official* – Most Manufacturer’s RAID Technical Support Is Rubbish

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I’ve been supporting RAID and servers for longer than I care to remember… I think the earliest server (excluding ICL mainframes) that I worked on was an ICL Intel 486 system, back in something like 1992.

This was before Windows and as we know, things have moved on significantly since then. Servers were complicated beasts back then, now they’re even more complex. One thing that really annoys me is 1st/2nd line technical support staff who rather than admit they don’t know what they’re talking about will recommend the wrong course of action because they don’t know any different.

Here’s my response to an email from a customer of ours with a 7 disk RAID 5 server that has significant bad sector problems across several of the disk in the volume. The customer has been told by his tech support to rebuild the array and everything will work fine… WRONG, the rebuild will fail because of the bad sectors across multiple drives. This will cause a huge amount of irreversible data loss for the customer who is a professional video editor.

Hi <X>,

My colleague <Y> has just informed me you’ve been in touch after speaking to tech support regarding your RAID.

The rebuild procedure they suggest will unfortunately not complete successfully due to several of your hard drives having bad sectors issues. Rebuilding is an automated software task that relies on all the drives involved being free from bad sectors. Rebuilding is unable to cope with bad sectors – which are a physical problem. This is why drives with bad sectors have to be recovered using hardware rather than software. I wrote a blog post about this sometime ago, titled something like ’5 things you mustn’t do if your RAID fails’. – take a look at all of it – especially the last point: http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/raid-or-server-failure-the-top-5-things-to-avoid/

As you know, we’ve been doing this long enough to know what we’re talking about, so may I suggest two possible courses of action –

1. We complete the recovery as planned.

Or

2. We first clone all your hard drives (effectively copying them) before returning them to you so you can then try the rebuild. Us having cloned your hard drives means we can go back to the data and perform the recovery when the rebuild doesn’t work.

Rebuilds that are unsuccessful result in massive data loss across the entire RAID and are irreversible due to the old (good) data being overwritten by the new (corrupt) data. It’s one of the largest causes of data loss on any type of RAID 5 system, and we wish tech support companies would stop recommending it as they are assuming all the hard drives in the array are free from bad sectors (which is the reason your RAID fell over in the first place).

Please let us know how you’d like to proceed.

I’ve just emailed this to the customer and await their response.

Data Clinic Lauch Microsoft Exchange Data Recovery

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Data Clinic Ltd - LogoData Clinic Ltd, the well know UK hard drive repair and data recovery specialist has announced a new data recovery service for Microsoft Exchange Server.

Exchange keeps all its data in a large EDB file which can become easily corrupted by a server crash, RAID error, or software corruption. Remember as well that the most common cause of data loss – human error, can also result in EDB files being deleted.

Inside the EDB file are often many individual PST files – one for each user, the Data Clinic service is able to extract these from the EDB file and repair individual PST files where necessary.