There are many common misunderstandings surrounding the art of data recovery. Many potential customers underestimate how much can be gained from a damaged hard drive using the right tools and techniques, while others make the mistake of assuming they have permanently deleted their files when recovering them would, in fact, be trivial. Others mistakenly assume that modern storage methods like flash memory are the Achilles heel of the data recovery technician.
Above all, however, customers misunderstand how much it costs. Their price expectations at the start of the job vary widely, and the response they receive from data recovery companies sometimes only serves to confuse things—certain costs may be hidden, vendor capabilities unproven, and the amount of recoverable data is unknown. If you’re having a hard time understanding data recovery prices, keep reading – the following guide should give you an idea of how much your next job will cost.
The First Rule Of Data Recovery: You Pay For Time, Not Quantity :
The first thing you should know about Data Recovery pricing is that you will almost always be charged by the time the job takes, not the amount of data recovered, and any company that says otherwise should be considered suspicious.
Think about it: if you bring a smashed hard drive to the shop, the recovery job will be the same whether you want to recover a single file or several gigabytes of data. The real job is to get the drive working again, not to transfer some or all of its contents to a new medium.
What Other Costs Do I Have To Know?
If your storage device has suffered serious damage, you may have to pay more than the time and expertise of your chosen data recovery company. Perhaps more importantly, consider the cost of the parts.
When a hard drive suffers a mechanical failure, for example, it is necessary to replace the damaged component with a working one from an identical device. This means looking for a donor drive from the same manufacturer, built in the same plant at the same time and with the same firmware. The cost would be much higher than buying a new device or acquiring the equivalent storage space.
Other than that, you may be billed for the means by which your Youtube data is returned, as well as postage and packaging costs. At Data Analyzer we initially charge for parts, replacement media and shipping, although other data recovery companies are not as transparent. Click here to learn about our process and request a quote.
Will There Be A Diagnostic Fee?
This may change. Some companies charge for the diagnosis, which alone can be a long and tiring process. However, this generally depends on the demands of the client and the complexity of the job. Data Analyzer will almost always offer an initial evaluation free of charge to assess the condition of the media and determine what we need to do to gain access to the data, as well as what percentage of the device’s contents we think we will be able to recover. Then our clients can choose whether or not to continue with the procedure.
However, in some cases a deeper diagnosis is needed. A customer may ask for explicit information as to whether a certain file can be recovered before green-lighting data recovery work, which means the company has to look at the damaged device more closely than it otherwise would to generate a file listing report. This service is usually charged.
Furthermore, some specialized jobs require the company to go a long way in the recovery process before a diagnosis is possible. Recovering files from a damaged iPhone is one such example. In these cases the customer may be required to pay a diagnostic fee.