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DIY Data Recovery?


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#1 Pierre_Pommier

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 11:55 AM

Did you ever lost or crashed data from your external hard drive? Which tool did you use to recover? Do you think it is safe to try by anyone?


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Posted 03 March 2017 - 12:47 PM

Anything I have that is important is backed up, pictures, documents, etc. both to a local NAS (Network Attached Storage) device and a cloud backup service.

 

That said I just write off data from crashed drives.  Most of my drives have copies of DVDs and Blurays I own so that I can easily access them from any computer in the house.  If the drive dies I can always rip the disks again if I want to watch them.



#3 Pierre_Pommier

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 12:51 PM

Anything I have that is important is backed up, pictures, documents, etc. both to a local NAS (Network Attached Storage) device and a cloud backup service.

 

That said I just write off data from crashed drives.  Most of my drives have copies of DVDs and Blurays I own so that I can easily access them from any computer in the house.  If the drive dies I can always rip the disks again if I want to watch them.

Nice backup system. No risk..:D



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 01:20 PM

I have had to do data recovery on a number of crashed discs.  What I recommend as a starting point is the TestDisk suite, and specifically PhotoRec (which recovers far more than photos) if the drive itself will spin up.

 

There have been lots of recommendations for TestDisk and conversations about using same here on BleepingComputer.  A search will turn up what you need to know as will reading the material at the TestDisk website.


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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:32 PM

Did you ever lost or crashed data from your external hard drive? Which tool did you use to recover? Do you think it is safe to try by anyone?

Previous posters pretty much said it all.  Crashed HD or USB data recovery is very iffy; because I too, make routine backups, however, mine are weekly to bi-monthly full images of my OS and Data partitions onto dedicated usb 1TB ext HDs -- I've never tried to recover data from crashed HDs or USB sticks.


Edited by RolandJS, 03 March 2017 - 09:22 PM.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 07:07 PM

I have tried/used/paid for various file/data-recovery programs, if only to just try them...I find that making routine backups of any valued data/files...is the best data-recovery plan anyone can have.

 

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 09:21 PM

I have tried/used/paid for various file/data-recovery programs, if only to just try them...I find that making routine backups of any valued data/files...is the best data-recovery plan anyone can have.  Louis

+1  Backup/Restore operations always trump "omg" data recovery operations


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Posted 03 March 2017 - 10:49 PM

I would contend, and it's not just me trying to split semantic hairs, that taking backups and using those to restore data is just that:  restoration.  You're not recovering anything you're just putting backed-up data on to replacement media that takes the place of the damaged media.

 

Recovery is its own thing and occurs when attempting to retrieve data from damaged media.

 

That being said, backup and restore is vastly preferable to data recovery.  Proactive methodologies are vastly preferable to reactive ones and nothing's more reactive, and uncertain, than trying to recover data from damaged media.


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:23 AM

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+1 Hamlius and Britechguy; in my experience, my data restoration has been much more successful, more complete, less failure, than any of my data recovery attempts -- even on media with logical failures.

 

Pierre Pommier, thread starter, please tell us exactly what happened that caused this thread.  Is there any way we can be of service to you?


Edited by RolandJS, 04 March 2017 - 06:25 AM.

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 03:01 PM

The Posters here in BC are separated by a common language -- George Bernard Shaw revisited

 

+1 Hamlius and Britechguy; in my experience, my data restoration has been much more successful, more complete, less failure, than any of my data recovery attempts -- even on media with logical failures.

 

Pierre Pommier, thread starter, please tell us exactly what happened that caused this thread.  Is there any way we can be of service to you?

Thanks for let me know. I wanted to make sure if it is safe or not? What if my drive is damaged by water or fire?



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 03:42 PM

If your drive is damaged by fire there's virtually no chance of recovering anything from it and you've not got a much better chance if the drive has been underwater.  Only professional data recovery services might, and I emphasize might, be able to recover data from a drive badly damaged by fire or water.

 

Most data recovery is done on drives that have failed in some way but are still able to spin up and have special software manipulate the mechanics of the drive rather than the operating system and to search out data files block by block.

 

I don't understand what your question is with regard to "safe or not"?   


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 06:03 PM

If a spinning drive has actually suffered a slight head crash, then the more it is tinkered with/used, the less of a chance of getting any data off of it, until the chances degrade to almost nil, and/or measured in many, many hundreds of dollars, and involve donor drives, head/platter transplants, etc...

 

If the data on the suspect drive is truly critical/priceless, stop using the drive, and consult with a specialist.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 12:47 PM

If the drive has been damaged by water or fire a professional is the way to go.  I've used Kroll OnTrack for data recovery on work drives.  The price has always been over $1,000, as high as $1,750.  For that you get your data back and a new encrypted external hard drive, and hopefully a lesson learned to back up your data.



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 03:49 PM

Topic initiated by banned member...comments from other members may be useful to those searching for info.

 

Topic closed, rather than being deleted.

 

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