Jordi Jané wrote:
>> My laptop's hard disk seems to have given up the ghost. I had some
> backups, but some important data was not backed up yet.
>> I'm currently using a live ubuntu feisty to try to make an image of it
> with dd, but not even the device seems to appear.
>> Is there anything I could do to try to access the device, or should I
> just go to a data recovery company? If the latter is the only option,
> could anybody give me references of companies that they dealt with?
>> Jordi Jané
>jordi.jane at gmail.com> www.gotesdelluna.net
Data recovery specialists are quite expensive so it would depend on the
value of the data on the disk. Also they usually have a sliding cost
scale so you never know how much it will cost until they analyse the
disk. To make it cheaper some will only retrieve the data you specify.
One other difficulty is with laptop hard disks. Particularly the newer
ones which use glass platters. It is much more difficult to recover data
off these if the platters themselves are damaged compared to the
conventional aluminium ones.
In the past I have used Ontrack (http://www.ontrack.com) and I really
could not fault their service. But if I can recall correctly it cost
around €600 for a 40GB disk to be restored entirely.
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