WD beeping hard drive - data recovery

WD My Passport for Mac – beeps 9 times, followed by 3 beeps, followed by 3 beeps. My computer will not read the drive when plugged into my USB cable. It is a 2TB, but only has pictures on it and it not nearly to storage capacity. Samsung P3 1TB is not recognized by laptop. Makes beeping sounds for a few seconds and then stops.

My WD hard drive doesn't read. Was recovered and repaired before, not sure if done poorly but damaged again instantly as it repeated beeps. Has very important sensitive data to me, really important
I need to recover deleted txt messages from a certain phone number from a Samsung 5 Ive down loaded a app that recovered virtually every txt message from 2016 but the one number I needed to see the txt messages between was not there, can you help?

The mini-b usb port for my Hitachi hard-drive has broken off. I've taken apart and can see I required a new "Orlando_CONNECTOR BOARD REV:1.1"

I dropped my western digital portable hard drive and now it will not power up. The hard drive beeps when in a dock and I suspect it to be a hardware fault with the board or the heads. I have an iStar password protected WD USB for my Brownie unit which is beeping. I have used it with no problems for over 5 years.

All of a sudden it is telling me it is write protected or that there is a I/O device error. it will not let me update or change any existing documents on it, copy or save new documents to it or copy or cut documents to another location. I have tried to remove the write protection myself using the command prompt administrator but it hasn't worked. This WD USB hold years of records including our unit accounts and I am extremely concerned I will loose all this data completely, not being able to save changes or add new data is worrying and very inconvenient. please can you let me know if this is something you can help with and how much will it cost?

Recover files on mobile phones

I've recently received enquiries asking for help in rescuing the files from various types of mobile phone that can not be accessed for one reason or another. Most of us carry huge amounts of valuable data on our phones and if we drop our phones, or delete messages that we wanted to keep contacting a phone recovery company in usually the best action. In one of my recent posts I wrote about phone recovery and how data recovery services work with mobile phones. Here are some of the enquiries:

  1. My mobile phone just went in factory reset and I have nothing left in my phone. I have stopped using the mobile phone so the data isn't overwritten. Please kindly let me know if you will be able to help
  2. My daughter disabled my phone by putting in the wrong passcode. It now has restarted itself and is in restore mode. I had not backed up my phone and I would like some precious pictures retrieved
  3. Phone has been reset- lost all photos. They are not appearing on iCloud storage? Any chance of retrieval ?
  4. Water damaged iPhone 6s Won’t turn on + been in rice for 3 days. Want to retrieve 30gb of photos and videos
  5. I'm just inquiring in regards to recovering a call log from a specific number from my Samsung galaxy S8+ within the past 12 months.

The next question people ask is "how much does phone data recovery cost?". The answer is "between £95 and £300 depending on the problem". Contact a phone data recovery specialist and talk your requirement through with them. Once they know how much work is involved they should be able to give you a cost for the work.

ReadyNAS Data Recovery Manchester

I need a data recovery service on my Netgear Readynas which has some WD Green hard drives that are not working properly. I am located in Bolton, part of Greater Manchester.

The drive is a 3TB Sata Western Digital WD30EZRX. I have a pair of these drives in the Netgear NAS. One has failed and the culprit is 'for sure' the controller board. Removed controller board from the working drive and installed it on the drive that was dead and this now works and reads fine. I have a user who has experienced a SMART error on his Intel SATA SSD M.2. I have tried unsuccessfully to recover the data using an external SSD adapter card. There are extremely vital emails on the drive which unfortunately have not been backed up and are required for a very important project. Would you be able to offer any advice on whether this data is recoverable and possibly a quote for the service?

Cannot connect to my computer anymore (no sign that it works at all). I think there is a problem with the cable or the way to plug it in. The cable cannot be removed as my dad tried to fix it with glue… so I'm really stuck with my data that I cannot access!

1. When I was copying images onto the drive, it froze, and I unplugged the drive directly
2. When I then tried to connect, it says that the disk needs to be formatted. I have tried to remove it safely but it froze when I did that, so I removed the drive directly again.
3. I tried to connect the drive again and now it says the disk parameter is incorrect. Explorer would freeze when I tried to disconnect it safely.
4. The hard drive is 1TB, with around 600G of data on it.

As I said above, I need a clinic for my broken Netgear Readynas in Bolton, Manchester.

Files lost on Mobile Phone

I recently lost some data from my mobile phone and needed to get them back. Fortunately I'd previously written a blog on mobile phone data recovery (here), so this time I followed the instructions on the page and managed to recover my files. It's then that I discovered that many people lose data from their phones - for example:

- I have a Samsung s6 mobile phone . the screen is damaged and does not power up. And the USB port is damaged. I don't care about the phone. Just the pics of my wedding that are stored on it

- iPhone 7 fell in water – stuck on apple logo and hasn't been backed up so at a massive risk of losing all my data on the phone


- My phone just died beyond repair I tried going to the apple store, I just want to restore the data on the phone

- I have call recorder on my HTC one mini 2. I had a precious conversation on it with my granddaughter. Only this morning I accidentally deleted it. Please would you be able to retrieve it. I downloaded a app on my computer but it was not able to root to my phone, whatever that means.

broken phone

- I have a Samsung S6 Edge that failed last week – it just switched off and will no longer charge or switch on, instead a section of the motherboard near to where the battery connects to the MB just gets hot. I have a large number of photos on this device which I am very keen to retrieve. This device has onboard storage only.

- My iPhone 6 crashed a month ago and won’t restart (if I try to switch on the phone it just shows the apple logo and then a black screen). I’m looking to recover my data (in particular my photos). Would you be able to provide a quote to recover my data?

- Samsung galaxy mini3 deleted photos can you retrieve them at all please

My recommendation is that you follow the link above to learn how to recover your phone's data.

G-RAID File Recovery Needed

I've received the following questions from people wanting to recover files from G-RAID hard drives that have developed one fault or another. It's worthy to note that G-RAID hard drives sometimes run a RAID file structure which see's the files stored on the hard drives in a distributed segmented way rather that sequentially. Subsequently data recovery on RAID hard drives can be problematic. My advice with all RAID data recovery occurrences is to take the RAID to a data recovery expert - personally I use the guys at http://www.recover-deleted-data.co.uk/ when I've got to get files back from any sort of RAID device, not just G-RAIDs. Here are the questions:

Thunderbolt G-Raid drive is recognised by computer and you can see the files on the disk. But when you try to browse the files it crashes finder and you have to unplug it. I'm located in Manchester but can bring the drives to either Wolverhampton (Birmingham) or London locations.

I have a 4 x Seagate 2TB hard drives which are combined together into a 4 disk RAID 5 system. The system is made by a company called G-RAID but I'm unsure of which model I have. It failed on me a couple of years ago but I've never got round to trying to fix. I did take it to a couple of 'computer shops' around London (where you can mobile phone accessories – that sort of place) but they didn't have any luck.

One of our clients in Wolverhampton has an external G-RAID RAID 5 whose hard drives appear to have died, when it is connected (proprietary connector and sata) it spins briefly and then stops: It is not detected by Windows, we have tried on multiple machines. Our client is quite upset as she has family pictures and backups on the drive. Could you give us a quote to recover the drive? Inside the G-RAID the device the hard drives are Samsung 4 x ST1000LM024 1000GB. we have had a failure on one of our laptop SSDs we are after some documents recovering.

Seagate and Drevo Data Recovery

Here are a couple of data recovery enquiries I received about the feasibility of getting the files back from Seagate and Drevo hard drives that are no longer showing up.

I have a samsung M3 Portable hard drive (now Seagate) which has just stopped working. When you plug it in with the USB it very quietly makes a repetitive tonal sound that is internal to the device and sounds like it isn’t able to work – almost like when a CD skips, but not quite. It usually hums as soon as you plug it in, but it sounds unable to. The light on the device, however, does come on. The drive does not show up where it usually does on my laptop, although the laptop knows the USB is connected. I’m sure it’s a problem with the drive and not my laptop, as I’ve tried it on 2 different laptops. It is a personal drive (not work related) so it’s not essential I recover the files on it, but I would really like to, as there are photos and so forth on it. Any hope?

My Drevo X1 Pro SATA III 256gb SSD hard drive has failed. I'd had problems with my MacBook Pro previously, where it couldn't connect to my old HDD. Replaced it with an SSD, still couldn't connect. Replaced the hard drive cable, which solved the problem. All working fine until one day out of the blue I had the same issue again. The MacBook couldn't find the SSD or boot up etc. Initially thought it was the same problem, ordered a new hard drive cable, but that didn't fix the problem. Took it to the campus IT shop, they ran some tests, came to the conclusion that the hard drive was faulty, as he couldn't connect to it from his systems either. His comments on the invoice were as follows: "Cannot pick up SSD hard disk. Tested hard disk in a another PC – also not picked up either in bios or macdrive diagnostic software. Tested the cable with known good Mac hard disk – ok. Conclusion – faulty Drevo SSD hard disk." He also said that it looked like whatever connectors there were in there, that they could be faulty.

My comment: Until I've taken a good look at each drive to discover what's wrong, I'm not able to say if I can recover the files. From the symptoms above, I', hopeful that I can get the drives showing up again and retrieve the files, but I really do need to diagnose them first

Data Recovery Report

When you have a broken hard drive that you need to get the files from you have to send your computer disk to a data recovery company to get them to retrieve your data. They will examine your hard drive and find out what is wrong with it. Then they'll send you a report detailing the faults and issues. Here's a standard report:

This is the report from another company I used two years ago:
The report from the lab has been finalized and the engineer has reported the following.
· When powered the drive clicks and spins down
· Drive opened within clean lab for internal examination
· Failing read/write heads preventing access to data
· Possible damage on media surface area causing mechanical and logical read/write operation to fail.
· Partition tables unreadable due to read/write failure
Access to data is unsuccessful due to damaged read/write heads.
The heads are the mechanical components that read/write data to/from the internal platters.
The work required to correct the faults include:
1. Drive disassembled within clean lab facility
2. Drive rebuilt with compatible donor heads
3. Drive to be placed on Data Extractor to improve stability and read/write process
4. Attempted Sector by sector image
This is a highly skilled process that is not infallible. The chance of a successful recovery once this process has been completed is approx: 70%.
Unfortunately there are currently no parts in stock to complete the rebuild but we can purchase a compatible donor from our suppliers in the US.

As you can see, a data recovery report clearly identifies what the problem with the hard drive is and the chance of them getting your data back should you decide you want to proceed with the data recovery cost. You can expect to pay in the region of £300 to £700 for a data recovery service from a hard drive.


Emergency Server RAID Recover Data

When it comes to being asked to recover data from large systems running RAID - I always pass the work onto a competent company like Data Clinic's RAID recovery team. ICO compliant with your data security, their team retrieves the information from RAID systems (HP, Qnap, and NAS, running RAID 5, 6, 10 and 50, throughout most of the UK. Furthermore whilst I work on a 5-7 day schedule, Data Clinic have an emergency service that recovers data ASAP - sometimes the same day.

Here are 3 example enquiries I've had lately where Data Clinic were able to recover the client's files.

I have a server disk which one of our users has accidentally deleted approx. 70gb of data, which we now need recovered. The OS is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 – 64bit

I have a Iomega 200D with 4 x 1TB Seagate SATA drives installed configured in a RAID 5 array. One of the drives has failed and we are no longer able to access the data on the device.

We've had our QNAP NAS fail recently and we need to copy the data from our drives. It's a 4x2TB setup with the 2nd bay appearing to be malfunctioning. We bought a new drive for that bay but it failed to mount and rebuild. This means that the drives are probably all in good shape but the NAS itself is non-functioning. Can someone come have a look ASAP please, it's extremely urgent that we have this data copied over to a new drive.

Data Clinic's RAID recovery team are based in Manchester and London but also recover data across the UK, still on an emergency (same day) service.

I'm sometimes asked why I don't handle RAID data recovery work myself - the answer is simple: RAID is a very complex type of data storage where files are stored in segments across all the hard drives in the RAID array - this data once recovered, has to be pieced back together rather like a patchwork quilt - this is a very skilled job that is beyond the capabilities of most, including me, therefore that's why I leave it up to Data Clinic.

London Data Recovery

Recently I've been experiencing a particularly difficult problem with my desktop hard drive. It has failed and i need the data extracting from it. As I'm located in streatham hill, london I've sent it to Datlab data recovery London branch.

External 1TB Seagate Hard Drive not being recognised by MacBook. Faint beeping on plugging in but drive not starting up. This contains around 800GB of very sentimental photos & videos,which are not backed up. Based in London and can travel so can you look at the drive?

I have many important documents and family photos stored on a Samsung external hard drive. I have never had any problem writing to this drive or reading from it until recently when my laptop and other computers I have tried have failed to recognise it completely when connected via USB. I need to recover as much data from it as possible and am 5 miles south of London.

I have a Seagate Expansion drive that has been dropped and no longer connects to my PC. What would be the cost to recover the data if it is possible.

I was hoping to obtain a quote for the retrieval of data from a Seagate external hard drive. When connected to a laptop the hard drive connection was severed when the hard drive fell off a desk. The 'safely remove hardware' procedure not been completed. After this, the hard drive is no longer recognised by any computer which I have tried the drive in. The computer is aware there is a connection, but it is never possible to open the drive. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers for the hard drive but this hasn't worked. I would be grateful if you could indicate the likely cost of retrieving the files from the drive?

I travel frequently and after my most recent trip my external hard drive ( model: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FP50JAG?tag=ps-uk-seagate-01-21) cannot be read. It powers on, I can hear noises coming from it yet it doesn't seem to be recognized by my PC. Questions: 1) How much would the service cost? 2) What timeline can I expect? 3) Can you pick up the HDD from my business or do I have to personally deliver it?

Hard drive failure on a Seagate 500gb SATA Drive not detectable by external reader or laptop. Looking for quote at this stage – data lost is personal baby photos, and its the HR director for the company!

Hard Drive Recovery in Liverpool

In this post I've combined together several enquiries for data recovery services from customers in or around the Liverpool area. I'm including Chester here too.

Solid State Drive Won't boot. I want to take some files from it, There are just a few files I need from it importantly that are irreplaceable. My mobile worstation is a m6800 and it says drive doesn't install, check cables.

My 2TB Seagate Backup Plus with not show the drive and the data. Makes beeping sound if ear is placed close to hard drive. Please email as currently working in Liverpool and can't get to a phone because of the type of work I'm doing. If it helps, I live in Aintree and I know there is a local data recovery business in Horton House Liverpool, just behind Exchange Flags.

Hard drive keeps clicking. The computer is recognising it but you cant access the data. Light keeps flashing on the drive. Drive is a WD my passport ultra. I have a fair amount of money to spend on getting this data recovered, so I'm looking to get the recovery done. I don't want to have to take out a second mortgage to get the recovery done thou! Ps I'm near Wallasey, Liverpool.

I have a CCTV system, I want the recover the videos thats been overwrite and gone, and I cant review them anymore

Western digital external USB 3 drive with one PCB for both the drive and adapter (external drives usually gave separate pcb for drive and another one connecting sata to USB) Drive gets power, but is not being recognised by Windows, Mac or Linux. I have a computer system that runs my mortgage advisor / brokering business. I don't know about what costs you charge, but if you are perhaps moving house or require mortgage brokering services perhaps we can have a chat and come to some arrangement.