The average computer user has a very sketchy knowledge in relation to how their data is being stored. All they know is that they have this “hard disc drive thingy” inside their computer and they understand that’s where their information is kept. The, big truth is that majority of this computer users don’t even know what the hard disc drive actually looks like.
However, when you are plagued with data loss, you will be forced to quickly learn a lot more about hard drives. Not only do you start to have a detail understanding about how complex this computer parts are, you will also find out how expensive it can be to retrieve your lost data back.
At least once a day customers will ask IT professionals “Why does it cost so much? I only paid $120 for my hard drive”. Yes, data recovery can be far more expensive. My response is simply like this, if you had a million dollars sitting in a $70 cabinet, and you couldn’t access the content inside the safe…does it really matter how much you paid for the cabinet? The process of Data recovery should only be sought, if the value of the data exceeds the total cost of the recovery.
Data Recovery Costs
On the average a reputable data recovery firm is going to charge anywhere around $500 to $800 for a full hard drive recovery. Logical Recovery and partition table is the point where the file system is corrupted, damaged and the data becomes inaccessible. This can be caused by an electrical issue, viruses, accidental format etc. In some instances, physical mishandling of the drive can also cause this problem, especially if the drive has very weak or degrading “read/write” heads. A logical recovery can typically be carried out without having to make any repairs to the drive.
Physical recoveries can be priced all around. This certainly depends on who you call for this services. A physical recovery actually necessitates the IT technician to carry out hard drive repairs before the actual data recovery process can commence. In most cases a physical recovery requires repairing the electronics, swapping out the read/write heads or transplanting the platters. There are a handful of companies out there that are very capable at performing this type of recovery. A word of caution though, for every one good company, there are probably five dozen others out there that will make the situation worse. So do your due diligence in order to hire a reputable and skilled Data Recovery Expert.