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  1. #1
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    Hard Drive Crash

    One of my external hard drives crashed. It has most of my photos from the past 3 years. Has anyone had any experience at recovering data from a crashed disk?

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    Sorry to hear that. I have not had any experience recovering data, but depending on what happened it may only recover a few items.
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    Most companies that specializing this have surprising good results ... but, the cost can be pretty sizable. Obviously, images are priceless.

    Give these guys a call ... ONTRACK
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    Get Data Back I think is the name of a program that might work. I am going to do a search now. I used this once and it worked. I wasn't able to get everything off but I did get all my office files. Hope it helps.

    Frank

    Here is the link

    http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm
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    Get Data Back does work pretty good. The only problem is that if your external HD crashed, it probably doesn't come up in Windows... which means the program wouldn't work. Get Data Back is mainly used for deleted files. I would suggest sending it out to a HD restore company.
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    A full level 3 forensic recovery of a 320 gig hard drive will cost about $500.00 it of course may be MUCH less depending on what needs done, level 3 forensic recovery is vaery detailed and labor intensivie I understand. I had one done last fall, at no cost. I had some problems and need some work done, well the boys at the geek squad, I have another name for them now, they fixed me all up and gave me my full data back up dvd, went home and it WASN'T MY DATA! called them and went right back, had already deleted my data off the work server!, so at no cost and a couple of weeks I got a brand new hard drive, level 3 destroys the drive, got my data back, and about 200 images of the almost 1000 images! So now, double copies on 2 external hard drives, and key images on dvd. I feel your pain! good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    A full level 3 forensic recovery of a 320 gig hard drive will cost about $500.00 it of course may be MUCH less depending on what needs done, level 3 forensic recovery is vaery detailed and labor intensivie I understand. I had one done last fall, at no cost. I had some problems and need some work done, well the boys at the geek squad, I have another name for them now, they fixed me all up and gave me my full data back up dvd, went home and it WASN'T MY DATA! called them and went right back, had already deleted my data off the work server!, so at no cost and a couple of weeks I got a brand new hard drive, level 3 destroys the drive, got my data back, and about 200 images of the almost 1000 images! So now, double copies on 2 external hard drives, and key images on dvd. I feel your pain! good luck.
    damn, I didn't realize you didn't get everything and that they had totally screwed up!


    I'm working on a server to act as NAS. It's up and running, just need to find a nice lightweight program to backup files to it periodically and automatically.
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    How much heat rolls off that open rack! and man I want that monitor lol. I have become somewhat of a backup freak since then. I move images from camera to computer, sort them and edit, then move all of them to external hard drive. once they are on the computer and the ext. thats when I delete the flash card! then I go through the images again and pick out 'the keepers' they go to external hard drive 2, then I delete off the computer all but the keepers also. Once a month or so the images on hard drive 2 get copied to dvd. I create a restore point 3 times a week, do a full back up every 30 days, the 2 most recent back ups are stored on a seperate hard drive. I also run the McAfee security suite, and a really nice freeware program called super anti spyware, it is a great malware addware tool. over reactionary, most likely, but with computers I know just enough to be really dangerous, so got to be carefull!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    How much heat rolls off that open rack! and man I want that monitor lol. I have become somewhat of a backup freak since then. I move images from camera to computer, sort them and edit, then move all of them to external hard drive. once they are on the computer and the ext. thats when I delete the flash card! then I go through the images again and pick out 'the keepers' they go to external hard drive 2, then I delete off the computer all but the keepers also. Once a month or so the images on hard drive 2 get copied to dvd. I create a restore point 3 times a week, do a full back up every 30 days, the 2 most recent back ups are stored on a seperate hard drive. I also run the McAfee security suite, and a really nice freeware program called super anti spyware, it is a great malware addware tool. over reactionary, most likely, but with computers I know just enough to be really dangerous, so got to be carefull!
    WOW.

    The little ubuntu linux server network attached storage with 2 1TB hard drives in RAID1 (mirrored so I get 1TB total space) only draws 33W (cool and quiet), not bad eh? It's less than $3/month in electricity and is worth the convenience and data security!
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    Question How low can you go?

    And to think, I was getting by with a handheld calculator and a wireless phone. Welcome to the big times!

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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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