[SATLUG] dead hard drive recovery

Don Wright satlug at sbcglobal.net
Thu Nov 25 16:59:55 CST 2010

Chris Hudson wrote:
>Does anyone know of a firm in San Antonio or surrounding areas that can
>recover data from a bad hard drive?
>The drive in question is from an old DEC Alpha server.

Quick overview for the list: Data recovery can involve capturing data
from a failed filesystem on an otherwise working drive, replacing
electronic components to repair a damaged drive, or rebuilding the
internal moving parts in a *very* clean environment. All of these
require special knowledge and tools, but the last two also require parts
and training for 'obsolete' drives that aren't well supported by the
manufacturer any more. Somewhat like the difference between an oil
change and a full restoration of a 1940 Hudson. A qualifying question
might be "do they have (make and model of your drive) in stock for
parts" or "what kind of DEC servers have they fixed?"

There are several nearby firms that offer various forms of data
recovery, but I haven't used any so far. Overnight shipment to Ontrack
might be a better option. If you really want local...

Be well - or at least have interesting symptoms!

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