NATIONWIDE CERTIFIED AND SECURE DATA RECOVERY SERVICES.
Protech Data Recovery specializes in data recovery! We have helped thousands of customers in getting back their lost data at an affordable price. We are experts in recovering data from; desktops & laptops hard drives, smart phones, digital camera cards, flash cards, usb thumb drives and all other types of removable digital media. And to top it all, we have a no data, no charge policy for our clients. If for any reason we cannot recovery your data, you don’t pay anything.
Data loss can happen due to:
- Malfunctioning of the storage drive
- Formatted, deleted files
- Software updates
- Letting memory get too full
- Hardware drops
- Liquid spills
Data recovery hardware supported:
- Mac hard drives
- Hard drives
- Pen drives
- Smart Phones
- All types of storage media
Storage Media – Physical Damage
A wide variety of failures can cause physical damage to storage media. Hard disks can suffer any of several mechanical failures, such as head crashes and failed motors. Physical damage always causes at least some data loss, and in many cases the logical structures of the file system are damaged as well. This causes logical damage that must be dealt with by a professional before any files can be rescued from the failed media.
IMPORTANT: Don’t Attempt Physical Repairs on Your Own!
You might be tempted in trying to take the drive apart yourself. Opening a hard disk in a normal environment can allow dust to settle on the surface, causing further damage to the platters and complicating the recovery process. You need a professional company with a Class 100 cleanroom facility to protect the media while repairs are being made. Attempting this yourself rarely works and, more often than not, they’ll make your data even more difficult to recover. To the point possibly causing er-reversible damage as to where we can’t even help you. At Protech Data Recovery your data is what matters most. So PLEASE, call us first!
Storage Media – Logical Damage
Far more common than physical damage is logical damage to a file system. Logical damage is primarily caused by power outages that prevent file system structures from being completely written to the storage medium, but problems with hardware (especially RAID controllers) and drivers, as well as system crashes, can have the same effect. The result is that the file system is left in an inconsistent state. This can cause a variety of problems, such as strange behavior (e.g., infinitely recursing directories, drives reporting negative amounts of free space), system crashes, or an actual loss of data.
Various programs exist to correct these inconsistencies, and most operating systems come with at least a rudimentary repair tool for their native file systems. Linux, for instance, comes with the fsck utility, Mac OS X has Disk Utility and Microsoft Windows provides chkdsk. Third-party utilities are also available, and some can even produce good results. While most logical damage can be either repaired or worked around using disk repair utilities, data recovery software can never guarantee that no data loss will occur… so with that said, its always best to leave to up to the professionals.
IMPORTANT: Don’t Attempt Software Repairs on Your Own!
You might be tempted to try using all sorts of software and repair utilities yourself. Initiating these types of software repairs to the hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media rarely works and, more often than not, they’ll make your data even more difficult to recover. To the point possibly causing er-reversible damage as to where we can’t even help you. At Protech Data Recovery your data is what matters most. So PLEASE, call us first!
Smart Phone and Digital Media
Why Do Smart Phones, Digital Tablets & Memory Card Devices Lose Data?
There are two possible causes of data loss:
- Non-Physical Failure – The smart phone, mobile or media device is powered on and in working order but some files or data cannot be accessed such as accidental deletion of your important files, reformatting, lost volume, bad sectors, virus infection, or software corruption.
- Physical Failure – The smart phone, mobile or media device is not powering on or not functioning due to overheating, accidental drop, liquid damage, broken usb or power connectors, and much more.
IMPORTANT: Don’t Attempt Physical Repairs on Your Own!
You might be tempted in trying to take the smart phone or digital media device apart yourself. Opening these devices in an unprofessional manner can cause further damage and complicating the recovery process. You need a professional company with the expertise to handle the smart phone or digital media device properly while repairs are being made. Attempting this yourself rarely works and, more often than not, they’ll make your data even more difficult to recover. To the point possibly causing er-reversible damage as to where we can’t even help you. At Protech Data Recovery your data is what matters most. So PLEASE, call us first!
Data Recovery Services
Providing Data Recovery for; Desktops & Laptops Hard Drives, Smart Phones, Digital Camera Cards, Flash Cards, USB Thumb Drives and all other types of Removable Media.
What to do when your hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media fails.
- Do not run any chkdsk options like FSCK, CHKDSK or for Mac’s, Disk Utility. These utilities can corrupt or destroy your file system.
- Do not use Third-party repair utilities in an attempt to repair errors on your hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media. Doing so can wipe out data needed to recover the data you are seeking.
- Do not attempt a physical repair to your damaged drive or removable digital media yourself. Example, soldering a usb tip back onto a jump drive.
Be sure when preparing to ship your media out. Let us know what kind of server, what filesystem, and operating system. If possible which drives are bad, and which drive failed last.
While most all data recovery companies don’t offer a free diagnostic until the hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media is received at there lab, we offer our ONE RATE fees for hard drives and removable digital media. A data recovery specialist will gather information from you over the phone to give you a general idea of what you can expect. Even though data recovery falls under our ONE RATE fees, the cost will fluctuate base on the possibilities. Our ONE RATE fee structure will by far beat any price out there. Please call us before attempting to repair the hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media yourself which could end up destroying it.
What You Can Expect during your Hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media Data Recovery Process:
- You will be assigned a personal service representative for your project who will guide you through the process.
- The data recovery process can take 7 to 10 business days based on many factors, see below.
- The assigned service representative will be in daily communication with the data recovery technician working on your case and keep you up-to-date with the recovery progress.
How Long Does Hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media Recovery Take?
One of the first questions we get asked by most customers is “How long will the recovery take?”. Unfortunately there is no clear cut answer to that question, as each case is different. Many hard drives or removable digital media can be recovered in 24 to 48 hours. However here are some factors to consider that may affect the overall time frame of the data recovery.
Hardware Condition – A drive that is fully functional is much faster to recover data from than one that is severely damaged and must be repaired. So cases that are simply related to accidental deletion, format, viruses, etc. are generally pretty quick on the turnaround. Usually within 24 to 48 hours for most cases, however there are times when it takes longer. Drives needing hardware recovery generally take about 7 to 10 days, but can take longer based on other factors below.
Hard Drive / Smart Phone / Removable Digital Media Size – Even if a drive is fully functional a large hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media will take as much longer to perform a single scan, and a typical recovery may involve several scans to effectively find all files. Also as a professional data recovery lab, we always clone the hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media first to prevent any possibility of accidents while working with the data. As a rule of thumb expect an extra day for drives larger than 500Gb or a few days for drives larger than 2Tb.
Availability of Donor Parts – For hard drives or removable digital media with hardware issues, parts are often needed to repair them to a semi-functional condition where the data can be successfully extracted. Some hard drive sub-models are very common and easy to find the parts from one of our vendors. However others are not. In a very rare instance we may even have to spend weeks searching online and calling other data recovery labs for the specific drive or parts we need. Or we may even have to buy a donor drive from overseas and wait for it to arrive. Usually this is the longest part of the whole process for hardware level recoveries.
Functionality of Hard drive, smart phone or removable digital media after Repair – Many makes of hard drives don’t take kindly to replacement parts, and don’t function anywhere near their full potential after an internal repair. As drives write magnetic data on a microscopic level, even the slightest micro variation (or micro jog) in manufacturing of parts may cause the drive to constantly have to re-read data over and over. While rare, some drives can take a month or more to extract all the data after such internal repairs.
How Do I Get My Data Back After Recovery?
Upon completion of the recovery, you are welcome to provide your own return media. For hard drives and removable digital media, they would generally be a external hard drive. Or, if you’d prefer you can purchase a new external hard drive from us at a competitive price and we’ll copy the data to that.