How can I do my own Data Recovery?

Data Recovery

How can I do my own Data Recovery?

Got a computer making a clickety-click sound? Or maybe a pshhhh-bang-pshhhh. Whatever odd sound it’s making, you need help.

The question is, “Can you do your own  Data Recovery?”

Bottom line is heck no if it’s making weird noises. That means your drive has a serious mechanical failure and requires inside part replacement.

Alright, so hopefully, you realize clicks and noises are not of the good variety hard drive data recovery. But, if you don’t hear noises, is there hope? Well, yeah, there is.

If you don’t have a noisy hard drive, here’s how you can perform your own data recovery:

Power down your computer. Stop, drop, and roll…or something like that.
Remove your hard drive from your computer.
If you have an external hard drive, remove it from the enclosure.
Plug your drive via USB to another computer.
Close your eyes and pray that your files show up.


If your data recovery efforts fail, that is a typical sign that your media has physical damage.  Don’t power up your drive much longer after such a failure as it could cause irrevocable damage.  If that occurs, you can always call us to check it out for you.  We will give you a diagnostic first before committing.  Data Recoveries typically range from $400-$4500 depending on the damage to the drive, and could be thousands of dollars so you want to be the one who says yes, we’ll always get your written permission prior to proceeding with Data Recovery.


If you’ve take a stab at this option and you still can’t access your data, PCFIXIT can help with our Clean Room hard drive lab recovery service, Give our Office a call on 1300 930 179 or make an online booking.

Just a Note: Don’t try this at home. Even the slightest of dust could kill the hard drive platters and files.

We offer a free pickup service Covering the Gold Coast & Tweed Coast Region.

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