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$300 Data Recovery for frozen, crashed Hard Drives - bookmark in case you need it!

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Naysayers, please read all the way to the end.

I screwed up. The hard drive on my laptop crashed and it was NOT backed up currently enough.

I lost access to critical PST (MS-Outlook), QDF (Quicken data files), and years of receipts that I'd just finished scanning.

In short, I felt like someone had shot my dog, rained on my parade, and pi$$ed in my Cheerios concurrently. I was angry, disappointed, depressed, and exhausted.

I tried EVERYTHING, every remote DiY file recovery software and trick in the book for about a month (hey, I'm protective of my personal data and frugal, what can I tell you?).

When that didn't work, I started looking around for a professional data recovery service. I quickly became VERY CONCERNED about giving my personal data to some faceless, unknown entity and paying them $1,000+ with zero guarantees. That is how all these companies roll. I communicated with a few, felt they were all about the money, or were too clinical/impersonal, and just generally got a bad vibe. Many won't even talk with you, and I could just imagine them closing their doors in the middle of my "recovery" and selling my info to The Dark Web. In short, I was scared to death and sat on my hands.

Seldom does procrastinating yield positive results, but I stumbled upon $300 Data Recovery on the Internet, YouTube, actually. There is a long two-part interview explaining everything about their process and fees. I watched both vids completely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIwbndHTp_8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEUYGKbUaLY

Upon viewing the videos, I immediately had a good feeling about Brian Cometa. He seemed honest and down-to-earth, so I called his lab. The people on the phone seemed like a good extension of his personality,and I did a couple quick emails back and forth with him personally.

Bottom line: They don't charge if they cannot recover. Their communication was excellent. And I saved immense amounts of money using them, including savings by buying my own brand new 1TB WD Blue transfer drive on sale for $30 at Fry's and sending it with my bad drive, and...

They recovered 74% of my data and couldn't do the last quarter because one of four drive heads was broken, so they gave me the option to find a "donor drive" or they could buy one for me for ~$160. Using their guidelines, I got the donor drive for $27 on eBay and they took a head from it to fix my drive.

The result: They swapped the heads and ended up reovering 99.9753% of my HDD!!

They did all this for the advertised $300 and $15 shipping to send my freshly-minted transfer drive back with all my recovered data.


I can prove all of this, have all my receipts for the drives and service, and all of our correspondence. I'm a one-time customer, and I never even set foot in the place.This was all done by email and FedEx.

This is probably the slickest deal I've ever posted--this company saved me, not just financially, but emotionally because they removed much of my anxiety about giving up my data to strangers.
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About a year ago I slammed my laptop shut, which caused the hard drive to start clicking.
Turned out to be both an anger management lesson and it got myself into the habit of backing everything up regularly.
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Quote from john6974332
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About a year ago I slammed my laptop shut, which caused the hard drive to start clicking.
Turned out to be both an anger management lesson and it got myself into the habit of backing everything up regularly.
Thanks, I should have included your advice to be diligent about backups.

Here's what I do now:

SD had a great deal on those new 1TB WD Blue drives $33:
https://slickdeals.net/f/11454263-3tb-wd-network-nas-hard-drive-boxed-red-88ac-frys-starts-4-8-1tb-wd-mainstream-hdd-33ac-8tb-seagate-backup-plus-hub-ext-hdd-144ac?v=1

I bought 2 and keep one in my ext. HDD dock for regular backups.

Each month, I swap that drive with the one in my safety deposit box at my credit union. Far less expensive and no "cloud anxiety." You just have to have the discipline to do it.

Lesson learned, just like you!

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Or use SSD
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WARNING! THIS IS A SCAM!

My niece took her external 2TB hard drive to them. Their Yelp reviews are mostly from new reviewers and not real. Read this rip-off report:

https://www.ripoffreport.com/repo...ve-1054049

My niece took her external hard drive to them. They told her it would be $300. Then they sent her this text (see attached picture).

Basically, they want to charge her up to $300 additional for a "donor" drive. And if they still can't recover the data, she will still be out of $600 ($300 data recovery fee + $300 donor drive). And they will NOT return the donor drive whether successful or not. This was a very common hard drive which you can find for $25, but they won't allow you to supply your own! What a scam! I told my niece to just get the drive back and not proceed.

You can see they send everyone this surprise text! Their web page clearly says $300 or you don't pay, but that's not what happens once they get your drive.

You've been warned! Stay away from this scam. I hope the mods will delete this thread.
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op post utube vids but no receipts or other valuble info weak thread spam
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What if my hard drive crashes an do lose my bookmark?
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... And they will NOT return the donor drive whether successful or not...
Why would customer want disassembled drive?

Not saying that the site is legit or not, but this doesn't look reasonable.
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Why not try SpinRite?

https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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Hopefully I can add some clarity to this company's services. Last year I had an issue with my 1TB WD portable HD it was probably 2 years old and one day I had it outside my bagpack in my car and took a wild turn and slammed it into the passengers door. To my bad fortune the HD died and made funny noises when trying to read it on the PC, so I looked online most of the data recovery services were pretty expensive +$1000 and found some YouTube videos on how to do it yourself which I took the risk of doing it because I thought I just had my head's stucked. That didn't work and I wanted to change the heads myself but did not want to loose all the data. While doing a Google search I ran into these guys and decided to given them a try. Definitely just because I had opened the HD I had to pay $100 more because they "had to clean it" or because it was contaminated. After the initial assessment they mentioned they were not lucky and that the only thing left to do was to try to get a donor HD which would cost around $150-250 something like that, it end up costing $160 because it was a similar drive manfuctured around the same date and same country which will warranty the same parts as my drive. I had looked online and I was only able to find on eBay 1 HD with those specs for ~$40 but there was only 1. They explained they did not take drives the customers sent because they could not warranty the functionality and they had this company that they used all the time and are very reliable. So I accepted and they got the donor drive replaces the heads and recovered 99% of the data. At the end it costed me $760 but I think it was worth the money as I could not afford to loose some of the data I had on that drive. So of you ask me, yes it was not just $300 as they advertise, I do have my doubts if they will only ever change $300, but as far as getting my data back I can't complain. They got it back and I am a happy camper. Expensive issue to have, but lesson learned. After that I decided to get a RAID WD Mycloud and make sure I have everything backed up doubled + online photo storage for free from Google.
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Are you sure you don't own a stake in this company or something? Your defense is sounding more and more suspicious with each post.
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Are you sure you don't own a stake in this company or something? Your defense is sounding more and more suspicious with each post.
Yes, I'm sure. I'm sick of this... you're just as bad. READ, process.

The guy who called it a "scam." Go try to get what his niece needed for under $1,000--you cannot do it.

Look at my credit card receipt and the ebay receipt for my donor drive, supersleuth, and shut your piehole.

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Buy a sabrent usb to sata hard drive adapter, solid state drive and a free clone software program, Aomei backupper is one. Clone your hard drive once a month. WHEN your HD crashes, swap them out and your good to go in 20 minutes. You can backup your files that you use every day to a flash drive.
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www.300dollarripoff.com

Naysayers, you are all absolutely correct
Total bullshit with awesome cooked reviews
https://www.yelp.com/not_recommen...d_start=80
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