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Hard Disk Salvage

A few days ago my area suffered a series of rapid power surges, my computer was on and my hard drive was wrecked. I found the problem, called dell, talked with them and they shipped me a relpacement, however, my old drive had close to $1000 of music, and also some rather important school documents. I was wondering if you could salvage data from my drive or name some places that can help me out. Thanks.

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I would call around in your area to see if any of the computer places in town know how to do this. Keep in mind that there is a possibility that your hard drive is totally destroyed mechanically/electronically and you may not be able to recover anything by traditional recovery. If this is the case, there are places online that can rip it apart and recover your data on a deeper level but they are much more expensive. Its all about what your data is worth to you. This can sometimes be a hard lesson in backing up. Good luck.

http://www.datarecoverycorp.com/
http://www.drivesavers.com

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