Data Recovery Services – Be Wary of Cheap Prices

October 1, 2018

Receading Tide

Data recovery is a specialized, complicated process. Proper hard drive recovery can require manipulation of data at the sector level, transplantation of internal components and various other procedures. These techniques are very involved and require not only talented, knowledgeable technicians, but also an extensive inventory of disk drives to use for parts when necessary and clean facilities to conduct the work.

Unfortunately these factors mean that, in most cases, recovery services are quite expensive. Technician training, hard drive inventories and special equipment all come with a cost.

If you search for disk recovery services, you will likely find several smaller companies that offer hard disk data recovery for a fraction of the prices typically quoted by larger, more experienced organizations. These companies often operate from small offices or, in some cases, private homes. They do not possess clean room facilities, large disk drive inventories or many other pieces of equipment necessary to successfully complete most hard drive recovery cases.

When you take into account all of the training, parts and facilities necessary, you can see how it is impossible for a company to charge $ 200 for a hard drive recovery and not operate at a loss.

What these companies usually do is run a software program on the hard disk drive. Sometimes, if there is no physical damage to the disk drive, this program is able to recover some of the data. However, hard disk data recovery is much more than just running software. No software can recover data from a hard drive that has failed heads, damaged platters or electrical damage. In fact, trying to run a hard drive that is physically damaged can make the problem worse. Trying to use software to recover data from a hard drive with failed read / write heads, for example, can lead to the heads scrapping the platters of the drive and leaving the data unrecoverable.

Another way these smaller businesses conduct business is forwarding data recovery cases that they can not recover to larger organizations. Of course, the smaller companies charge their clients a premium for this service. In these cases it would have actually been cheaper to use the larger company in the first place.

You will also likely find that many smaller recovery companies charge evaluation or diagnostic fees upfront. They charge these fees regardless of whether or not any data is recovered. In many cases clients desperate to recover their data pay these fees and get nothing in return but a failed recovery. Smaller data recovery services simply do not have the skills, training, facilities and parts to successfully recover most disk drives. It is more cost efficient for them to make one attempt at running a software program and then call the case unsuccessful.

Sometimes you may get lucky working with a smaller data recovery company, but in most cases you will end up paying for a failed recovery. In the worst case scenario you could end up with a damaged hard drive that is now unrecoverable by any data recovery service.

You will waste time and money working with these services. You could even lose your valuable data for good.

If your data is important enough to consider data recovery, it is important enough to seek a reputable, skilled data recovery company. All major data recovery services offer free evaluations and most do not charge clients for unsuccessful recoveries. Sometimes you only have one shot to recover data on a disk drive before the platters are seriously damaged and the data is lost for good. Taking chances with inexperienced companies is not worth the risk.


  • Art M October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Did this work on a newer iomega where the format was ext4 or an older with xfs file system? I haven't tried ubuntu but having trouble on pclinux with an xfs formatted drive.

  • Tracy A October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    i have a HM500JI model please help. it doesnt look like this one

  • Who Am I, Who Ar You October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Jesus fucking christ, what an amateur video.

  • Ron Smith October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    This saved the day for me. I used the latest version of Ubuntu – desktop. I could not find "computer/my places" on the file menu. Instead i searched for "computer" and then an entire window popped up with about 20 icons or so. One of those icons said system disks. You will then need to select the disk and mount the partition that contains your files. Once you do that then a window will open and you will be able to copy your files to an external USB drive.

  • Solid Gold Divaz October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    spare sata???

  • Olivier Renaud October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Can you tell me wich version of ubuntu you are using, the one I have seams to be too user friendly

  • WeAreNotAlone69 October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Q: My only concern is getting DATA OFF THE DRIVE of a Iomega /Lenovo EZ Backup & Media Center (2TB), in which firmware update (2016-07 +/-) screwed up the drive.
    Is the process really this SIMPLE? All the other vids I've seen so far focus on restoring the drive using a myriad of while "simple" if you are into Linux aren't so simple to those that aren't into the Linux command line.

    PS: Thanks for the vid! LOL.

    Lenovo Iomega EZ Backup EMC_HMEZ_, Model 31998600
    2 TB Model came out 2012-06 or so, Purchased (2) units 2013-06.

    Killed by firmware update 2016-07-15 or so 🙁

    Data, heck the whole drive is not accessible… Boots just fine to a solid White power light, and Blue HD activity light, Network status light indicate sync and activity but IP address is disappearing… Plus power switch does nothing now.
    (This is plugged directly into Win7 Pro laptop, in which a identical unit that the
    same firmware "update' screwed that one up as well, but somehow I fixed that one.


  • Felipe Saboya October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hello Geek Street,.
    I hope you can help me. I followed your video and installed Ubuntu in to my PC. However, I can not see the drive under Ubuntu. nothing comes up. When I start under Windows 7, the system recognizes the drive. When I click on it, a pop up window says "cannot read drive, do you want to format?'. I do not ant to format. At this point I am not sure what the issue is.
    The files are not super important but I would like to recover. If I can not recover the data, Can I format under windows 7 and use it as an external hard drive? thanks for your help

  • Tiobiloutte October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hello ! 
    I hope you might help me. I'm sorry I'm not at all very good with computer. 
    I have  a iomega 31803000 which worked perfectly until a month ago when one day it stopped showing up on my network. 
    It's still spinning and most of the time it flashes blue and orange for a little while and then only steady white. 
    I've tried unplugging everything, changing ethernet cables, plugging ethernet cable directly onto my computer, I used a USB cable to plug it to my computer nothing worked. 
    I really need to get the data back. I don't have a PC with Ubuntu. I only have Windows. 
    I think my data is still there, at least I hope so. So I was planning on using the iomega hard drive as a standard external drive. I guess that's kind of what you tried to do there, isn't it ? 
    Do you reckon it would work if I use this type of thing ? 
    Would it work on Windows ? 
    Any other ideas as to what I could to ? 

  • Michael Portele October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Pretty late to this party, but does anyone know if this will work with a SATA to USB cable, instead of plugging directly into PC?

  • Damian Snedker October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Ok can see my drive on ubuntu, but it fails to mount when i click on it   any ideas? 

  • Lee Avery October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I couldn't see my drive so a friend helped me mount it. Now I get an error trying to mount that partition "cannot find superblock" Could that be because the Drive had a password (via iomega network manager) Any help would be much appreciated.

  • Dmitri Smirnov October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Finally, i got it on Ubuntu, and making a copy of my files!!!

    Thanks for your help guys!!! Really saved me a lot!! 
    I had a pic of my son when he was born..and those pictures have no values!!!
    Now all pic saved!!!
    Thanks a lot !!!

  • Dmitri Smirnov October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Please help..

  • Dmitri Smirnov October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I can see the drive from dev0  but it ask me  what file system i should use to mount it?

  • crash55jm October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I know this is a old post but can you do this with a SATA enclosure?

  • Ramesh Mehay October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Still can't see my drive . It still spinning any ideas?

  • Geek Street October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    No problem! Hope it helped!

  • gandreasg October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

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  • smol bean October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    ok, thanks for the quick reply.

  • Geek Street October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    The OS is on the hard disk so not possible unless you replace hard disk and create a new OS…I think there is an iomega article describing how to do it.

  • smol bean October 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    If I remove the hard drive is there anyway I can get the server to work as a server again?

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