Data Recovery Services

Göran Axelsson axelsson at
Wed Jan 20 16:45:49 CST 2016

Den 2016-01-20 kl. 21:35, skrev John Robertson:
> On 01/20/2016 11:22 AM, JC White wrote:
>> I need to recover some files from a SCSI drive that failed over a 
>> decade ago.  Are there data recovery services that can determine if 
>> the files on the drive can be recovered or can actually do such a 
>> recovery?  Now that I think about it, I recently also had a fairly 
>> new Western Digital drive suddenly no longer be seen by any Windows 
>> PC and I really need many of the files on it.  Can anybody here tell 
>> me if drive manufacturers offer recovery services? I ask this since I 
>> saw a post somewhere that Seagate offers some sort of file recovery 
>> via cloud storage.
>> As you can tell, I am by no means super-knowledgeable about modern 
>> systems since I am from the WANG 2200 MVP, WANG PC, and WANG Basic 2C 
>> era, and still have a few pieces of WANG hardware collecting dust.
>> I apologize if I am posting this to a group where it is inappropriate.
>> Thank You,
>> John
> If the drive's PCB turned out to be the problem, could an identical 
> drive model act as a donor for a known-to-be-good PCB? Of course this 
> would depend on the model of the drive. Perhaps you can share that 
> info and experts here may have better ideas.
> Then you just need to find the same model...and I just drilled out 
> four old SCSI drives the other day to kill the data dead (software 
> company's drives). Didn't think to save the PCBs...
> This could also be a 'shake & bake' drive that needs a bit of trickery 
> to get spinning...
> John :-#)#

Replacing the drive board could work. Some modern drives saves a table 
with data about the media in a on board flash that needs to be moved to 
the new board.
I've done that a couple of times with good results when the failure was 
on the board. (In one case obvious physically damaged board.)
There are several companies that sells replacement boards on eBay and 
they usually require your old board first to move the flash, then you 
get back the broken board and a second one with the correct flash.

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