Pre-determined; Flat rates
We only have three prices for data recovery: $300, $400, and $500 (not including donor parts, if necessary). We disclose all pricing info on our website and have no hidden fees. Before sending us your drive, use our Rate Calculator to determine your out-the-door cost. Or, submit our Chances Form, and we’ll reply with a fixed-price quote (along with an estimate of the likelihood your data can be recovered).
Diagnose-then-quote; Range of rates
They will receive your drive, then provide a price quote (often including a labor fee if the recovery is unsuccessful). Some companies even charge for their “diagnosis.” Their data recovery rates typically include a range of prices (i.e., $800-$2400), rather than a flat fee. This quote is often based more on how important they think your data is, and how much you’re willing to pay, not the actual problem with your drive.
Because our rates are independent of the problem with your drive, our diagnosis can be trusted. There is no incentive for us to say your drive has “bad heads” when we charge the same price even if a head swap is necessary. If donor parts are required, we charge you the exact price we pay (and also send you a link to the precise drive online).
Our success rate is ~85%. But, some specific hard drive models are significantly more or less likely to be recovered. For example, 3.5″ Seagate 3TB “DM” drives often have unrecoverable platter damage, so the chances of success for this model will be lower than a 2.5″ Fujitsu 250GB drive. Severe platter damage causes at least 5-10% of all failed drives to be unrecoverable. By providing a “Chances Form,” we give our customers realistic expectations of their likelihood of a successful recovery.
They will often intentionally misdiagnose your device to justify their high prices. Several times a week, we receive drives that went to other companies first, and our customers were told the heads are bad (and quoted over $1000). Then we diagnose the drive and determine the heads are good, and the problem with the drive was something else entirely (i.e., bad PCB, firmware corruption, etc.).
Other companies say things like “we have a 99% success rate,” when, in fact, this is an impossible number to achieve. Given that 5-10% of all failed drives have unrecoverable platter damage, 95% is the closest possible success rate. But, in reality, other issues can make a drive unrecoverable (firmware corruption, bad/lost ROM chip, file corruption, encryption failures, etc.), so even a 90% success rate is highly unlikely for any data recovery company to actualize.
Tell it like it is
Besides responding to e-mails, we never contact a potential customer to “sell” our data recovery services. We’ll never cold-call you or send an e-mail that wasn’t first initiated by you. We tell our customers our price and the chances of success, and let them decide if we are the company they should choose. We have no sales department!
Pushy / Aggressive
They will get your name, phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address to get a price quote — before you even decide to use them. If you don’t end up choosing them or responding to their quote, they will call and e-mail you regularly, as most companies have dedicated sales/marketing teams just for this purpose.
All Recoveries Performed In-house
We are a full-service data recovery company and perform all repairs in-house. This includes head swaps, platter swaps, firmware corruption, and even manually rebuilding failed RAID arrays. In the rare event that we can’t provide the type of repair your drive requires, or if we attempted a recovery but were unable to recover any data, then we may provide you with a recommendation of what company to try next.
Send Your Drive Elsewhere
Other companies have dozens of “local” retail store-fronts or office space in various cities. Once they receive your drive, they ship it to their “big lab” in some other state. Even worse, some companies have no “big lab” and only send your drive to another data recovery company and up-sell their services. Other data recovery companies use us for this exact purpose — and it makes sense because we charge so much less than them and provide the same or better results.
Small Team of 5
We are a tiny 5-person company. Emely Henriquez and Marina Olivera handle most customer communications, shipping/receiving, and payments. Brian Cometa, owner/lead technician, will be the primary technician working on your recovery. If your drive needs “clean room” repairs, then our clean room technician, Tim Bryson will also help. After your failed device has been imaged to one of our good drives, Edgar Mejia will move the data to your Transfer Drive. When working with a small team like ours, you always know exactly who is working on your drive, and you can always communicate directly with them via email.
Dozens to Hundreds of Employees
Many data recovery companies have dozens of employees. The biggest and most well-known ones have over 100 employees. You have no way of knowing who is working on your device at any given time. Is it a new employee? Is it someone you can trust? You’ll never know because large companies do not share this information. Direct communication with a technician at a larger company is almost always forbidden.
We provide our customers with e-mail and SMS updates on just about every step of our recovery process. Most of our customers receive no fewer than five e-mails from us throughout the recovery process (which is typically around 5-7 business days). That’s almost one e-mail every day. And we write to our customers in plain English, not in technical data recovery jargon. Don’t like e-mail? We also have live chat on our website and are available by phone during business hours (M-F 10AM-7PM PST).
You Call Them
Other companies may take weeks to update you on the status of your recovery. Since many of these companies are sending your drive elsewhere, delays are inevitable (as are lost/missing drives). Even if all repairs are performed in-house, many other companies aren’t good at keeping customers updated and often lack crucial communication skills to adequately describe the issue and status of the recovery.
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