Ok, seriously you guys, I never thought something like that would ever happen to me. I am usually sooo good about this kind of stuff. I am talking about backing up my computer.

A few weeks ago, I decided to reformat my laptop hard drive, because it was starting to run real slow and there was a lot of stuff that just needed to be taken off the laptop. I backed everything up to my external hard drive (which pretty much holds all my files dating back to 2005) and I was already contemplating buying a second external hard drive for further backup. Then I started the reformatting.

Everything went smoothly until I tried to reconnect the external hard drive to transfer the settings and some stuff back to the laptop: the external hard drive wasn’t recognized.
I tried to stay calm, because I mean literally like 2 hours before it was working fine.

Isn’t this always how it happens?

I was pretty sure that it couldn’t really be that big of a problem, since I didn’t do anything to the hard drive between the backup and the reformatting, so I didn’t worry too much about it.
I was too busy with my travel plans to take care of it then, so when I got back last week, I decided I would send in the hard drive to a data recovery service for evaluation. I figured it would be a piece of cake to make it accessible again.

The good news is: I was told it can be fixed and all files will be recoverable.
The bad news is: They want $1200 from me.


I mean, seriously? Is that what it costs to have your memories restored?

I am completely speechless.

I thought it would be a couple of hundred dollars. Maybe! It took me a day to get over it, but  I had already made peace with the fact that I had to invest a little bit of money to get my files back. Looks like I have to invest a little bit more than that.

But $1200… that’s like another flight to Europe … or… a new laptop that I was planning to buy some time soon. Argh!

I am devastated. And I am not sure what to do.

Do you think it’s worth it?

  1. Eeeek! That’s a lot of money to fix it :/ I’m not sure what to tell you. On one hand it’d be nice to have all of your old stuff back. On the other hand you could get a new computer for less than that. I guess it’s really up to you…it depends how valuable everything on your computer is. Good luck!
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  2. Okay, I would get a second opinion. I would try to find a reputable place to do the work much cheaper, then buy the new laptop with tons of space on it.
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  3. I would also say go and get a second opinion, that’s a hell lot of money! But if you have a lot of valuable memories on it like pictures or saved emails I would probably get it done…pics are irreplaceable. I lost a whole lot of them (still old-fashioned printouts) together with all my letters from that year back in 1999 because I put them in a box and send them home to Germany after my au pair year. The box never made it here and all of them are lost now. I am still sad when I think about it!
    I would offer my hubby to help if you weren’t at the other end of the world, he is pretty good at doing stuff like that, I could ask him if he has a good idea what to do…

    Good Luck with it!


  4. OMG! sh*t! i would DEFINITELY get a second opinion as well. maybe check craigslist or the like for someone who offers this kind of service? a neighbor? only after having checked into all the options out there would i even consider thinking about spending that kind of money. what about the manufacturer of the hard drive? didn’t you get a western digital as well? check with them to see what they might offer… maybe there’s even still some kind of warranty on the harddrive? either way, i am crossing fingers and toes for you to find another solution!!!

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  5. That is SUCH a lot of money… and scares me so much… I’m awful for not backing up my computer, too, and last year I thought I’d lost everything (when a metal BRACELET fell inside the tower and fried the motherboard…thankfully the hard drive was okay!!) If there are pictures on there you have no copies of that mean a lot… it may be a tough pill to swallow to get fixed… but if it’s mostly music and stuff that could be replaced, I’d get a new one? Maybe? I’m sorry this happened!!
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  6. I’d suggest a second opinion. Can you take the hard drive to other places and get some quotes to compare prices? Shopping around often works for me.
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  7. holy bananas. That is crazy. If that is the final price I would say “no”. Dear god in heaven!!! INSANE! Sorry love I hope you find a solution!!!

  8. You could spend that money on so much other stuff. I suppose it’s all about what you value, right? What you can’t get back on the hard drive. I agree with the others- get a second opinion.

  9. I put pretty much all my digital photos on my external drive. I would be devastated if I lost them. Personally, I’d shell out the cash. But, as others have suggested, I’d also seek out a second opinion and/or try to negotiate a lower price.

  10. Oh Noooo!!
    But yeah this is the price..shocking huh?
    We had the same problem beginning of this year & we decided to leave it this way..since it is soo expensive…but some day we will get our stuff back :((

  11. That’s insane! I would say it all depends on what is on your external drive and how important those files are for you.

    Maybe you have a geek friend who can help you out with recovering your files. Have you tried googling your issue? Maybe there is a self-help tutorial or a not-so-expensive software?
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  12. Oh wow, that is so much money. I would also suggest to either find out if anyone you know could help you recover the files without having to pay as much, or getting a second opinion.
    I had no idea this type of thing was so expensive but I hope I will never need to use a service like that because I always back up files (mostly pictures, they’re the most important to me) on my external hard drive and a DVD (I never rely on just one medium).
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  13. I’m with the second opinion crowd. Or throwing-a-plea-out-on-Twitter. $1200 is RIDICULOUS.
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  14. Oh wow – that’s a tough dilemma. I’d absolutely get a second opinion. That just seems ridiculous! $1200 just seems CRAZY expensive!
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