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When the computer breaks down and the data on the hard drive seems to be lost, one word is quickly typed into the Google search bar: data recovery. And already you get numerous advertisements as well as regular search results, which companies advertise for data carrier analysis, hard drive recovery, file recovery and so on. Strg_F, the NDR's documentary and reportage channel on YouTube, tried out the largest providers - and came across a widespread rip-off. Spend several hundred or even over a thousand euros on data recovery? Does not have to be! Here I have summarized the most important information for you.
You will find it under the title "Self-experiment data recovery: Which company is ripping me off?" Video of STRG_F on Youtube. In 19 minutes and 16 seconds it is shown how you can find some data recovery providers via the Internet, that most companies offer local data carrier acceptance, but some are located abroad, and much more.
Customers are asked about the importance of their data via queries, for example directly on the phone. If they are important and need to be replaced quickly, the price rises exorbitantly. The companies solve a (for experts) simple problem depending on the stress factor of the customers with usury.
In the comments below the video you can find some tips on how to do the data recovery yourself. The TestDisk App called whose download you with this link finds. Documentation and instructions for TestDisk are available .. You can download the program from the linked download page for macOS, Windows, Linux and even for Dos / Win9x.
In addition, there are some other comments that you should consider before entering the greedy clutches of the data recovery rip-off (or so that you don't even do it):
No matter what city you live in, there is always this one little traditional computer shop that has existed for many years and can do the simplest handicrafts yourself. And for everything that can't be done there, for a tip of 10 you get at least good advice on who to turn to.
[...] If it is an HDD with magnetic data carrier, physical damage to the read or write heads of the hard disk would probably be if no data recovery / inspection was possible via software [...] In ALL other cases EVERYONE who can use google can use his Save data yourself if you are not afraid of it and just give it a try!
USB hard drives and sticks hardly cost anything and a backup program can be found for free on the Internet. Unfortunately, anyone who needs a data saver for private purposes has no idea or has too much money.
Here in the blog you will get to read it again and again, before a macOS upgrade as well as as a Protection against ransomware: Make backups! Take an external hard drive, a USB stick, an SD card or a cloud service to hand and regularly copy the contents of your hard drive to it. I have already introduced you to some services for this:
With some of the apps suggested above, you can even create a bootable backup, i.e. a backup copy from which you can start the operating system. This also works with a boot stick, on which only the operating system is located and which you can create for security and, in an emergency, to start a Mac or PC:
In case of doubt, you can still access the computer and save data from the hard drive (if it still reacts). At least you can back up files, folders and projects from a second built-in hard drive, if this is still intact and you just lack the operating system for booting and displaying the user interface.
Do you have any hints, tips and tricks on how to deal with the alleged loss of your data? Have you ever recovered files from a crashed hard drive? and if so, with what software? Please leave a comment so that future readers can find a little help collection here;)
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.