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A power surge zapped my primary hard drive and a second drive I was using as a ghost of the 1st.  Having thought that ghosting the primary drive was a good backup technique, I thought I was safe (insert laughter here).  

I've seen the adverts for the hard drive recovery companies.  What are the odds that the date on my hard drive can be recovered.. is this even possible?  How much does this service cost?  Can anyone recommend someone in Canada who does this sort of work?  

Rene
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    by:samccarthy
    I've heard rave reviews for Ontrack, but they are pretty expensive.

    Steve
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    by:cooledit
    hi, Rene

    Try out this fantastic tool first it does exactly what those recovery data companies do...
    follow the instructions on site.... IT's for free...
    http://www.partitionsupport.com/
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    Hello Rene,

    Are the disks still recognized in the BIOS, or can you get them detected in another system?
    If so, your data can most likely be recovered for free or for a small fee.
    Please take a look here: http:Q_20827883.html

    Some Datarecovery companies are listed below the list of tools in case the programs fail, or if you can't get the disks detected by the BIOS, but count on high prices for data recovery if you send your disks to them.

    Greetings, and good luck,

    LucF
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    by:rgaudreau
    MY HD cannot be recognized by BIOS.  They've been plugged into another system with same results.  


    That's why I was looking at sending them away and having the data extracted.

    Anyone know what the success rates are?
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    by:Luc Franken
    As you said it's caused by a power surge, your chances of recovering everything is very close to 100% most likely only the electronics are damaged (if you're handy and have exactly the same harddisk around you can even swap the electronic board on the disk)
    Most likely nothing has been damaged physically so the data recovery companies will have an easy recovery on the disks platters.

    LucF
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    by:samccarthy
    http://www.ontrack.com/   This is the link from Ontrack.  They have been doing it for years.  On their site they show a drive from the Columbia disaster that was 99% recovered.
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    by:cooledit
    hi, Rene

    Not to sound sarcastic but why don't you wanna, try out something thats for freeeeeee

    Try out this fantastic tool first it does exactly what those recovery data companies do...
    follow the instructions on site.... IT's for free...
    http://www.partitionsupport.com/
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    by:Luc Franken
    cooledit,

    Just so you know... also that software will have to be able to access the disk itself, if it's not recognized by the BIOS it's not accessible by any program either.

    LucF
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