Data Recovery in Birmingham

On a recent data recovery ‘open day’ at Quayside Tower on Broad Street in Birmingham, lots of people turned up with their broken hard drives looking to get their data recovered. Here are some of the examples we saw:

  • I have an 8 year old desktop pc, the motherboard is ASUS P6tD Deluxe
    Setup with 2 x WD 300GB RAID 0, with C: vol as 100GB and E:500GB. The RAID controller is in the link below.
    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P6TD_Deluxe/specifications/
    As far as I am aware the motherboard is faulty and the disks are intact with the RAID header information. This person came from the centre of Birmingham. I plugged my hard drive into a university computer and it wouldn’t recognise it at all, on several computers. So when I got home I tried it on my laptop and it recognised it but I could not access it. I tried restarting my laptop and updating the driver but it said it already had the updated version. This person caught the train in from Wolverhampton. Replaced hard drive after blue screen appeared on laptop and the hard disk contain some indispensable data. How much will it be to extract what’s in the c drive?
  • Quayside Tower, Broad Street, BirminghamSeagate drives no longer working
    I dropped my powered 2TB Seagate external hard drive about a year ago and it’s not been powering on or working since… I’m not sure wether it’s a power problem or the hard-disk itself is scratched. I meant to do something about it sooner but saw most data recovery places were expensive and didn’t have the cash then. It has all my work on it from the past three years and I’d really love to get the data back or get it working again. D’you think this is something you’d be able to help with / take a look at? I’m just round the corner on Park Road so could drop it off some point soon if you’d be up for having a look at this. If it’s possible to communicate via email just now that would be great, I’m travelling today and won’t be on my phone much. This person drove from Nuneaton.
  • My Seagate Expansion 2TB external hard drive has likely suffered from a power surge. I have replaced the power supply adaptor, but the hard drive fails to spin properly and is not recognised by my laptop when plugged in.
  • Seagate Backup Plug suddenly stopped working after being plugged into computer overnight. The hard drive was not dropped, but the laptop was moved while the hard drive was plugged in. The light is still showing on the drive, however the drive is not spinning and not showing up on the computer. No error messages showing. No data been written onto disk since. Device taken to iSmash, who checked the connection and identified the issue was with the drive not spinning.
  • WD MyCloud RAID Recovery
    Harddrive is a WD My Passport Ultra. Dropped hardrive from my lap onto the floor. Now not recognised on my computer – makes a noise like trying to start up, a light flashes and then it stops. Won’t connect! I need data recovery from WD my cloud (RAID) drive
  • WD My Passport Beeps
    WD My passport keeps beeping. I would like to retrieve data from it.
  • WD Passport Air
    I’ve got a WD passport air that doesn’t get recognised by the computer. are you able to retrieve the data? Again, this person arrived from Birmingham and actually lives close to Broad Street.
  • Seagate SATA stops working
    My Seagate 3GB SATA hard drive has just suddenly stopped working. The unit spins up but it is no longer visible in Windows 10 or the BIOS. I have tried different cables but that did not work. I use the drive for storage only

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The Old (Data Recovery) Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop is of course a book by Charles Dickens from 1841 concerning a shop that is full of odds and ends. I thought I’d write a similar post about hard drives and the need for data recovery.

Hard drives can suffer from all types of curious ailments and I’ve reproduced some of them below, with thanks for the hard drive recovery experts at Data Clinic in Manchester (near Halifax!) for their assistance in writing this post.

We are a Halifax computer shop and we have a problem accessing the data on a hard drive. It does not show up on computer when connected. ticking noise can be heard when it starts up and turns off. It may have been knocked about – possible cause of issue.

halifax, data recovery

Got a couple of old PCs which I can no longer operate due to not having the keyboard and mouse connectivity.
Just looking to retrieve any old photos/MP4 files from a couple of Samsung hard drives. I’m in Halifax.

Western Digital – my passport ultra
no apparent failure cause.
The drive first does not show up, after allocating it a letter. The drive shows up without its original name. When trying to open it, the entire computer slows down until the drive is unplugged. After unplugging it a error messages shows up with “impossible to access the drive”

Pin was stuck on hard drive as wasn’t detecting on disk manager. Pin moved to normal location. And now recognised but unaccesible as all data in RAW. CHKDSK wont run. Used easeUS recovery software , deep scan located files but unable to retrieve as programme seems to freeze after using. Any recommendation and what to do?

Samsung HM100UI 1TB 2.5″ FAT (I think)
No access to iTunes media files on drive. Drive just ‘squeaks’
Does not show up in Finder or Disk Utility

I have 2 external hard drives (brands: Samsung, Buffalo) which are not working anymore. Both of them have been through a lot of moving houses and one for sure has been dropped on the floor and not worked since. Neither of them make any noise when plugged into a computer, nor are they visible under My Computer folder.

Western Digital My Passport stopped working. Light on, shows on machine, but says access denied

SEAGATE HARD DRIVE IN A DELL PC. CAME UP WITH A MESSAGE HARD DRIVE ERROR CODE 2000-0142. HARD DRIVE HAS NOW BEEN REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE. CAN YOU HELP TO RECOVER THE DATA FROM THE OLD DRIVE?

Hard drive does not show up on device when plugged in after a knock, therefore not being able to retrieve any data. I think the disk has been damaged. does not make any noise or anything.

WD My Passport 1TB external USB HDD has died. Makes all the right noises and the access light flashes, but won’t show up on mine or my partner’s Mac.

As you can read from the above there are many problems that can befall a hard drive. If you are close to Halifax or Manchester and your hard drive develops a fault, speak to the guys at the Clinic, who will help you regain your data.

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Data recovery companies in Scotland

A recent hard drive problem caused me to loose access to my data. This put me in quite a panic as I was unsure what to do and didn’t know whether I’d ever get the data back? I didn’t even know if there were any Scottish data recovery companies – fortunately there are, please refer to my previous post about one in Glasgow. I’m just outside of Edinburgh so decided to take a drive across to Glasgow and get my data back. Whilst I was there they told me about some other data they’d got back for Scottish people and businesses.

Bonnie Scotland

No drive on Macbook
This enquiry was from Ayr, Ayrshire: When i insert my external hard drive on my macbook air laptop, it is appearing in the devices section on opening finder. However, the hard drive is not appearing when i click on Go and then click on computer. Additionally, even when i open the hard drive, the files are appearing on the screen but i am unable to open any file. I recently used my hard drive and it was working fine. Kindly advice with the procedure to resolve this problem and also the cost for the same.

Seagate HDD not reading
And this one from Perth: I have a Seagate backup plus external drive that stopped working. I took it out of the black casing in the hope I could add it to my computer to get the data from it but nothing works… I have also tried putting it in an external drive reader … not having any of it.
It is void of its casing but I still have the bits that enable it to be hooked up as an external… what are your thoughts on costing this job please? I have business items on the disk that I would hate to lose.

And finally this one came from Aberdeen: My computer would not boot up and the person I called out said the hard drive was at fault and beyond his ability to repair and therefore data was in his opinion unrecoverable He did suggest a data repair specialist like your self in Aberdeen.
He tried to fire up the hard drive with a USB Cable (in a USB caddy) and also inside another computer. Both times the hard drive starts to vibrate but quickly stops spinning.
The hard drive in question is a Toshiba MK3265GSX HDD2H83.

So including mine, there are 4 enquiries about data recovery in Scotland, one each from Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen and Ayr. And yes, I got my files back, but my hard drive was beyond repair and I had to buy a new one.

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Recovering Files

The retrieval of files and data from hard drives is known as data recovery and in the UK there is a blog called Recover Deleted Data which has many different examples of hard drive failures and recommendation about what you can do to get your files back. Here are three examples along with advice.

Hard drive is broken

I’ve got a hard drive from my desktop which I took out before I scrapped the rest of the computer about 6 Years ago. I haven’t got a desktop any longer, only a laptop. I recently bought a 3.5” hard disk external enclosure to fit the hard drive into, which I can then connect to my laptop. But I fear the hard drive is broken or faulty, as nothing shows up when I connect it via the external hard disk enclosure. The hard drive was working 6 Years ago when I took it out. I cannot remember wether Windows was installed on this hard drive or I just used it for data storage.
Can you help me getting it to work? Or at least take out all the data that’s on it?

Advice: As long as you’ve got the PATA or SATA interface right, once you plug the power cable in, the hard drive should burst into life. If it doesn’t then there could be any number of faults with the hard drive.

Cracked Micro SD card

I’m hoping you can help, or tell me if you might be able to help with the following. My partner had a micro SD card in an adapter, plugged in to the side of her laptop…which she dropped. The micro SD card has cracked in half, around the middle of the card. Is this something which could be fixed? She has multiple work photos which she was in the process of backing up and is having a bit of a panic.
I’m based in Glasgow, so could pop along tomorrow (Tuesday) if this is something you can help with.

Advice: The data on a micro sd card is held on a single wafer thin chip. If the chip is cracked, broken in two or otherwise damaged the data on it will not be recoverable. I know that Data Clinic have a file recovery office in Glasgow so you could always take the device in for a second opinion, but from what you tell me there is no chance of recovery.

Bad sectors

The external HD is rarely being registered by my Mac laptop and on the odd occasion it is, it won’t load any files. A pop up appears saying that I can access my files but not save or replace them – however I can not access them.

Advice: This is typical of bad sectors – parts of your drive becoming unreadable or very slow to access. If your data is valuable, turn your drive off and get it into a decent data recovery company.

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Installed Linux over Mac Files

linux logoI stupidly installed linux over the top of my mac. this wiped everything, then when I re-installed mac osx nothing was there. I did send it off to Rapid Data recovery and they were not able to recover anything from the HD. Would you be able to do anything. I did speak to a friend who works in data and they said that there still could be a way.
This is what happened.
– Linux installed which wiped HD and old Mac OSX tables.
– re-installed new mac OSX – nothing there.
– Disk image taken of HD.
So I have a disk image of the HD at that state. As I said Rapid Data already looks at it and said they could not help, I have also run recovery software with no luck.

I have a macbook air 2013 where the ssd is nonresponsive from boot. the macbook doesnt recognise the hard drive but a recovery of documents is required. also will require an eta of recovery (if possible) as i am facing an important deadline. also have an old magnetic hd (LA Lacie Porsche) in which will require recovery of files (not urgent). It’s running a version of Linux and I’m in Salford.

I found an old Seagate drive (model ST1181677LCV). As it has an ultra-wide, 80 pin SCSI connection I am unable to connect to it – and so don’t know its format – though suspect Mac.
My guess is that it may have info from the mid 1990s on it. I am not aware of there being any ‘valuable’ data on it, but would double check if it was not going to cost too much.
Are you able to read this drive? – it’s running and old version of Linux and has some Mac data on it too. It’s these files that I want to recover. I’m in Huddersfield and work in Salford.

I bought a toshiba external hard drive a while ago and stupidly converted the format from Linux PC to Mac compatible and afterwards it wouldn’t work and slowly went down hill from there. Im really scared that all the data has been erased and think theres a slim chance of getting it back. Could you give me an idea of if this is possible to repair/at least get the data from it and how much this would cost? Has 18 years worth of pictures on it!

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Dropped hard drives in Stockport

I have a hard drive that was dropped on the floor a few days ago. I can still access files but transfer speeds are extremely slow (in the kb/s range). Ppt files regularly crash when opening. When saving, files also tend to crash. When I place my hand on the drive as it is spinning, it feels like there is a faint ticking, indicating a mechanical problem in reading files. It is essential that I recover as much data as possible (about 70gb in a 1tb Hard drive) as I am a new teacher and foolishly have not made a back up.

A friend has a Seagate 1TB hard drive that I dropped and has now stopped working. I really need the data on the hard drive as I use it to archive performances of my band. I’m wondering how much would it cost to be repaired? And where exactly are the Data Clinic hard drive recovery stores around Stockport?.

a map of stockport

Hard drive now removed (replaced with new) from 14 year old Toshiba laptop.
Hard drive physically will not rotate and seems totally broken. I need one file from it only, a draft of my memoirs (about 75,000 words). I live close to to Bredbury and Hazel Grove area of Stockport and can call in if you wish to recover my data.

The Destop HDD isn’t able to launch Windows (10) and using the Windows recovery tool shows the main partition as empty, being a WD Blue 2.5″ 640Gb capacity. I’ve connected the HDD to an external USB3 unit but I can’t access the data.

I urgently need Data Clinic’s help in recovering the files from a Western Digital My Passport Ultra external drive. Recently it started to taking a long time to show on a 2017 Macbook Pro after a fall onto the floor. We have an older Windows machine, running Windows 7 and the drive would show up, but transferring anything in the last few hours has seen frequent I/O errors appearing. Now it is struggling to even show the folders on the drive.

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Data recovery for Lightroom user

Here’s an interesting data recovery enquiry I had from a professional photographer based in Wigan. I passed this enquiry onto the people at http://data-recovery-tips.co.uk/ who were able to get the data back.

Wigan

I have a 1 TB Transcend Storejet external HD no more than 4 months old. I was using it yesterday to run my lightroom catalogue whilst editing photos on my Macbook Pro and a strange error message came up (loads of commas and random letters) and Lightroom crashed and my Hardrive kind of froze (it wouldn’t eject but the symbol was still on my desktop). Ive tried plugging the hard rive into two different mac book pros, my iMac and changed cables aden the problem doesn’t change — it isn’t recognised, there is no sign of it at all. It has life as the blue power light is on on the hard rive but it is a continue light rather than flickering slightly like usual. Would like to try and recover the stuff on there and if possible get it working again.

Another one of my devices also needs sorting out: My HP Pavilion 15-b135ea Sleekbook had coffee spilled onto it, I then dried it out. The laptop then worked briefly, but now when I power it on it displays:
Boot Device Not Found
Please install an operating system on your hard disk.
Hard disk (3F0)
I pressed F2 for system diagnostics and ran a memory test, which was passed. I then ran a quick hard drive check which said:
SMART Check : Not installed
Short DST : Not installed
Then I ran an extensive hard drive check:
SMART Check : Not installed
Long DST : Not installed

This is the machine that I run Lightroom from, so not only do I need my data recovering from the Transcend hard drive I also need the laptop sorting out – do you think you can recover the data and get the laptop working again? I am in Wigan, Lancashire and can call in to see you if required.

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Damaged unrecognised drives

I live in York and have a 1TB samsung M3 external hard drive which is now no longer recognised on windows 8/10 machines and samsung have indicated they will not be releasing new drivers to make this possible. I would like the data transferred to a new external HD. I am able to travel to Gelderd Road in Leeds if it’s any help

YorkMy Freecom 500GB external drive has got damaged – the mini USB port has become detached and I can feel the end of the unit is no longer solid. Not sure how it happened, as it is always stored in a pocket within my laptop case, but these things happen.
Is it likely the data on it can be saved?
And if so, at what kind of cost.

I have a problem with my hard drive on my MacBook Pro. It can not start-up, I did try to use command option p r but no success, try the safe mode but no success, try command r option but no success. This is urgent because I am at Leeds university.

HDD 500MB DAMAGE AFTER FALL ( itry to fix it with chkdsk – my laptop ist to slow for that) one partition full of photos and documents folder on another partition is important for me. what can be the price of your service and can you collect my device from my Leeds home?, or my work in York

Iomega external 360GB HDD – inside it’s a Seagate Barracuda 7200 I think. When we power it up the light blinks on and off and it doesn’t register on the PC. Having taken the casing off I couldn’t see an obvious loose connection. But I only got as far as taking the main outer casing off. Haven’t yet plugged it into a new drive mount etc.

External disk drive not detected by PC. Makes clicking noise when connected then stops, probable mechanical problem.

I have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 3TB in York that fails to function for quite some time already. The light on the hard disk does not blink and is not found as an external hard disk when connected to my laptop. I have tried connecting it to a iOS and windows 10, but still not working. However, if I tried to hold the usb cable firmly over the hard disk, I can see light on the hard disk blinking, but it is still not connected to my laptop.

I’m at work in Leeds and when I plug in my WD My Passport to my laptop it makes five beeping sounds with the light flashing in time and then the light stays on but when I try to locate the drive it isn’t registering on my laptop.

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iPhone help required

I dropped my phone and it died. First I thought it was the battery, but when I checked to a repairer, they said that the phone is “dead,” and that there’s nothing they can do about it. I just need to back it up and restore the data to a new phone. The guy explained that it has something to do with the “board” which i assume is the motherboard or the logic board. Also, he tried to connect the phone to itunes and it says that the phone is in recovery mode.

iPhone helpI had an old iPhone that stopped working around December last year as my contract ran out anyway I upgraded to a new one, I recently tried to use this phone again to get photos off of it and updated it to the iOS it needed but after I had done that I found a lot of my photos were missing and couldn’t be found on iCloud anymore, I’ve asked around a bit and been told that it’s likely I’ll never get them back as the update would have overwritten the data, these pictures are really important to me as a lot of them are of family and was wondering if you think there’s a solution to this and maybe I could drop the phone off at some point if you think the pictures are salvageable.

I took my iPhone 6S to Apple in London as it doesn’t power on and they recommended me contacting a data recovery company to retrieve the data stored in the phone. They said the problem was most likely the battery needed replacing. Could you help me recover my data?

I have a water damaged iPhone se that was not responsive so I sent it to another data recovery company. I have just been told they are unable to retrieve the data. All I am after is my photos. I am desperate

I have an iPhone 6s plus stuck in recovery mode from a failed attempt to downgrade from the ios11 beta to iOS 10.3.3. I am looking at options to recover some photos taken in the last 2-3 months before I restore.

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Hard drive / phone troubleshooting

I have a laptop, which has died and an external drive with a damaged disc and would like to recover the data off both (reviving the laptop if possible?).

I have a WD My Passport that is not registering when I plug into my or other laptops. It appears to have a slightly crack in the casing, which I think happened when it was in a drawer.

I’d like to enquire about some data recovery services please.
I have a 500GB WD Passport external USB drive which as of yesterday evening stopped being able to be accessed. It actually only has about 20GB of data on it When connected the blue light comes on (steady state), the drive starts up but after a few seconds it stops and the light begins to flash and there is no recognition of the drive from my pc. I’ve tried changing the cable, I’ve tried getting access from various pc’s and a MacBook without any joy.

128Gb SSD laptop hard drive failure

640GB internal SATA laptop drive failed. Drive makes initial attempt to power up but a clicking sound is audible and is not detected when using an USB SATA adapter on another laptop.

iPhone 7 is completely dead, will not power on at all after being dropped on a stone floor. Replacement battery and charging dock hasn’t made a difference. I’m not bothered about being able to use the phone again but the data (photos and videos) stored on there are priceless. I’m based in Leeds, please advise

iPhone is pretty broke, screen totally broke/cracked, front screen is also lifted off, won’t charge, won’t turn on.
Would like to retrieve data from phone if possible?

I have a samsung galaxy A3 that has been dropped, it wont turn on and the screen is blank . I have connected it to a computer but it does not recognise the phone. I would like the all photographs and contact numbers retrieved if possible. The phone is old so i am not bothered if the phone is no good after.

Iphone6 – When I turned it on it goes into a white screen with the apple logo and after 1 minute it will switch off. Seems there is a problem with the motherboard. I will like to recover the information.

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