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Hard Drive Data Recovery Price And Costs

Updated on August 6, 2012

Hard drive data recovery price can vary depending on how severe the damage is to the system so finding a hard drive data recovery expert or service to do the right job at a reasonable price is crucial. A laptop hard drive data recovery service will obviously differ in price but the Principal will remain the same. A hard drive data recovery tool or software can be purchased online for just about any type of data recovery procedure, but one needs to be very careful when choosing the right service.
I am sure you have heard of the saying, "you get what you pay for." In most cases this is true but however, just because a company with a fancy designed website quotes you a price of $4,500 for data recovery, does not necessary mean that they are any better than a company that quotes you $2,500.

What To Look For

You should also stay away from companies that want to charge a much less price say $100-$300 for evaluating your drive as that obviously sounds too good to be true. There has been a common movement in the data recovery industry over the last few years to offer a number of free services to customers. Most reputable data recovery companies will evaluate  your hard drive free of charge, or won't charge you until the job is done, so don't let the word "free" effect your common sense or judgment, there is more likely to be some sort of catch. The hard drive data recovery market is quickly becoming over saturated because of the demand for recovering lost data, and a company does not necessarily sell their services cheap in order to offer free evaluations. Look for the BBBOnline participation or Better Business Bureau accreditation standards seal this will prove they are qualified to perform a data recovery service with the required standards.


Prices That Vary

You will find that prices vary greatly. You will get quotes that range from $400 to $4,000 for standard hard drive recovery services. It's not uncommon to receive quotes that have at least a $1,500 high/low starting rate. I once  shopped around and found a prominent data recovery company where i gave them specific information of my computers hard drive failure. I was eventually quoted a price range of $300 to $3,900 for them to recover my data. More than likely this this is a bait and switch type tactic that many companies use on unsuspecting customers. They will get you to send in the damaged drive and quote you the low-end $300 price, and then they let you know it's going to cost at least $2,100 for the recovery "what"!. You end up being well under the $3000 high-end price, but well over what other reputable companies would more than likely charge. Since most consumers won't go through the pain of having the drive sent back, they end up sending it out to another company and the cycle continues, these bait tactics that companies use to lure in customers ends up making them huge profits..

Get A Quote

Before even attempting to look for a data recovery service try to find  companies that will give you an up front cost for either a logical or physical recovery evaluation. Most companies will be able to tell you the cause of the problem and the cost of the recovery. However, don't misunderstand a company that gives you a price for two different procedures. For example, some companies will give you a price if the failure is logical and a price if the problem ends up being physical. A logical problem will likely be less costly opposed to being a physical problem which will balloon the price into the thousands. Try and find a company that will only charge you if the problem is solved first to save you any grief and give you peace of mind. On average you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $500 for logical recoveries, and at the most 1 to $2000 for physical recoveries .But the most important thing here is that you do some good solid research before considering to pay anyone for such services.


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      save my system 7 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      Hard drive data recovery price can vary depending on how severe the damage is to the system so finding a hard drive data recovery expert or service to do the right job at a reasonable price is crucial.