How to Evaluate a Data
Learn the truth and make
an educated decision!
Here we will expose some of the false promises and misperceptions
that most people are subjected to while researching data recovery
(Just remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably
1.) "Free Evaluation"
You get what you pay for- you know your drive is broken, why send
it to someone just to have them tell you what you already know.
Once your drive is in their hands you are at their mercy. Expect
a phone call explaining to you how there is an additional fee for
an invasive evaluation and additional cost for parts.
2.) "FREE Phone Analysis of damaged Media"
Nobody can possibly know the condition of the platters in the
Head Disk Assembly without looking inside the drive!
3.) "Guaranteed estimates"
(They guarantee it could cost from $600.00 to $3600.00)
4.) "Success rate of 93%"
Exaggerated success rates are common in the data recovery
industry; Unfortunately there are some circumstances that
make it impossible for anyone to recover data no matter what
techniques are used.
5.) "We Can Get Your Data Back...Guaranteed!"
(Impossible to guarantee such a thing or they would advertise 100%
6.) "24 to 48 hour turnaround"
While this is possible, it's not true a great deal of the
time. At times, specific parts are required that may not be
in stock and can take a few days just to locate and that doesn't
include shipping time.
7.) "FREE Online Quote Consultations"
Nobody in the data recovery business charges for a quote consultation.
8.) "Will beat any competitors' price"
Some "garage labs" out there are charging $99.00 for an attempted
recovery. This is surely just some guy with a data recovery software
program that might work 1 out of 100 times. Get the $99.00 quote
and offer it to the company making this promise: "Will beat any
competitors' price". Good luck!
9.) "We guarantee the lowest price in the world for hard drive
This is quite a statement however; you get what you pay for. If
the cost of a recovery exceeds the price you were quoted you are
not going to get the level of service you expected. No company goes
into business to lose money. Your drive will be deemed unrecoverable
and returned to you. This is why many other data recovery companies
state that they have recovered files from a drive that another data
recovery company could not retrieve. The files were in fact retrievable
from the start.
10.) "No one has more experience at recovering data"
Take note of when the company was founded. Are they simply a
computer repair store who 'resells' data recovery? There are
hundreds of fly by night companies claiming to perform data
retrieval that come and go every year. Many times these companies
will lead you to believe they have recovered "thousands of gigabytes
of data" over so many years when in fact they have just sprouted
up out of the blue, and who knows how long they will be around.
We understand that if you are researching data recovery
services, you already have enough problems. Whoever you decide to
send your Data Recovery business to, make sure it is a reputable
company with a strong history of customer satisfaction and success.
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