Whether you need data recovery for important business documents, forensic data recovery or to retrieve precious photos from a laptop or mobile phone, the general opinion is that data recovery is very expensive.
I can’t afford Professional Data Recovery
Professional Data Recovery is not as expensive as many people believe, especially hard drive data recovery which depending on the problem can be as little as £195 payable on success. Now this may seem a lot of money but no reputable data recovery company will charge you on evaluation so you can always consider your options as to whether the data on the hard drive is worth it. Many families see precious images and videos as being worth the money and also a lot of students would happily pay a lot of money to get their coursework, research or dissertation back.
Every data recovery project is different and whilst you may hear tales of people being charged thousands for data recovery, it is likely that they had a very specific problem possibly on a RAID server.
The expense of data recovery comes from the amount of work involved in recovering the data. Some companies will charge for evaluation, this would put the price up significantly if they cannot identify the problem quickly, the hourly rate is usually fair depending on the problem and a good data recovery company will explain the costs.
If you have a water damaged laptop, or if it is a hard drive problem then the work will be different and therefore the costs will be different. Data Recovery experts are highly skilled professionals with a wealth of relevant experience in retrieving important data from all types of hard drive or server, this is wy you may pay more than the average minimum wage per hour. However as highly skilled professionals they can almost always guarantee to get back most or all data in an efficient timescale.
DIY Data Recovery
Data Recovery experts can usually identify the problem quite quickly, each data recovery problem will require a different solution. There are many ‘DIY Data Recovery’ packages around and some will be enough for what you need, however unless you know exactly what the problem is this often means that you spend a lot of money and get little or no data back.
These packages seem cheap at between £99 to £250, however unless you understand the process it can be a waste of time to do yourself. If it is a hardware problem then these programs will not work without experienced data recovery experts. By getting a data recovery professional to quote you may find that actually they are cheaper for your problem than a packaged solution that is not specific to your situation.
DatLabs can give you a no obligation quote on most hard drives and computers, our data recovery experts can identify a problem and give you an accurate and fair quote.