PCpetes has a good success rate for recovering lost and valued files music and photos
PCPetes can recover most (if not all) of your lost files and put them on dvds or transfer them back to your hard drive if also repairing system.
After recovered files are put on to new media, the remaining data on work systems is removed. If your hard drive is failing mechanically you may need a more specialist and expensive service.
Please note; this service is done back at base as deep recovery can take over 10 hours on 80 gig of data. About 2-3 days for 100-300gb and 5-8 days on high volume recovery.
IF your drive is an SSD (solid state drive) no moving parts and very thin,, then the success rate is neither higher or lower than mechanical drives but does depend of the drives built in memory management to be working. In many cases the partition information is gone but data is still there with no means for system to access it.
We recover data lost Due to Deleting files or complete partitions, Formatting, Damage to file system
or Drive Corruption.
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Data Recovery; photos, music, pictures and most other files like ms-office files
Price: £35.00 Up to 80gig (2 days)
If you want recovered data burning to dvd's Add £12
Price: £45.00 Up to 120gig (2-3 days)
Transfer of recovered data to usb pen / hard drives, or existing system drives.
Price: £65.00 120GB - 500GB (2-4 days)
fixed fee (if PCpetes can't recover any data, you don't pay)
Is my hard drive failing or showing signs of pending failure!
If your hard drive is showing the strain you may pick up on the following symptoms.
- 1. It takes a long time to copy small amounts of files from different locations and Opening the same directory location in another window whilst copying files freezes the desktop.
- 2. Windows running a drive check on regular occasions at boot up and finding errors.
(if you don't let windows shut down properly that also forces a drive check)
- 3. Folders appearing that are named like Found.001 / .002 .003 etc.
- 4. If its a usb drive or other 2nd drive inside the case, the desktop may freeze when trying to use that drive. (drivers could also be an issue so try it on a different system)
- 5. You see a S.M.A.R.T error message on screen before windows starts loading.
- 6. If an external or 2nd drive, it may disappear from windows and not show up in My Computer, (again try it on a different system and if it has its own power supply get it checked before you condemn the drive.
It may also be the pcb inside the casing holding the drive, if you can remove the drive, try it in your computer or in a different usb drive case or caddy.
- 7. The drive works but there is a rhythmic click...click...click when drive isn't active.
(it may reach a point where it just click's with no file access, and will die in time)
(if you opened the drive, then torque setting on screws may be incorrect)
- 8.Very long time for windows to startup and sometimes keeps re-starting in middle of startup process. Windows updates and Anti-virus software can cause mid-boot restarts, if it's accruing regularly for several days or more, it's likely the drive is failing.
- 8.Scrape sound when drive powers down. Heads in drive can stick just outside plastic parking guides causing the scraping of heads. The baring's on the centre drive spindle may also be wearing down so drive vibrates when inner disks reduce rpm.
- 9. Loud clank noise just before drive powers on or off. The heads inside that read the metal discs, always park themselves just before shutting power off. This usually means the heads are just parking or un-parking. However, this should not be a loud noise or be felt through the casing.
If this symptom is combined with odd occasions were the drive won't start or check in, and has a rhythmic hum and beep (hmmmmmm,beep. hmmmmmmmmbeep. Hmmmmmmbeep) that is continuous, then for some reason the heads are jamming on these occasions. Sometimes the 'beep' is a 'clunk' (hmmmmmm,clunk. hmmmmmmmm,clunk. hmmmmmmmmm,clunk.)
Not wanting to sound stupid, but don't confuse this with a rhythmic click-click-click.
The drive may be fixable as sometimes through impact or shock, the plastic park mount can move out of position and catch the arm the heads are attached to.
If the drive is external and in a case,,, the Beep humm noise may indicate drive doesn't have enough power to start up,,especially if you're not using your normal pc or usb port.
- 10. Drive won't boot windows but i can still access files on it when plugged into a different system. When the motor or centre bearing wears out, the drive takes longer to spin up to speed, the heads can't read any data until the drive is spinning close to its designed rpm. When this happens the drive reports no read access to the boot process and windows thinks there's no drive connected.
The bios or boot process can be set with a short delay in seconds allowing the hard drive to get up to speed first, but if the drive is doing this, you should think about renewing it soon as this is the early warning signs before motor fails.
In many cases it's corrupted boot files on the disk stopping windows from detecting a bootable system, which is easily repaired with a windows recovery disk or system built in recovery menu accessed by pressing one of the F1 - F12 keys at start-up.
- 11. It makes a really fast click noise, like a cricket or insect in the grass and wont spin up.
The motor has seized or failed.
80-GIG of files is:
approx 7600 music files with album art and average bit rate of 192kbs
approx 61'500 photos Jpeg's @ 1.2 meg each
approx 49'900 photos Jpegs @ 1.6 meg each
80gig will more than cover any microsoft office files and projects for the home user and small business users.
VIDEO file recovery can be done but sometimes the video itself has black spots due to recovering one long large file.
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