Macbook hard drive recovery
August 15, 2007 3:02 AM   Subscribe

My wife's Macbook 60gb hard drive has started clicking and disappeared from startup. Can't access it it any way and would like to get our wedding and honeymoonn photos from it - any recommendations on data recovery services in London for mac sata hard drives? Best quote I've had so far is £300.

I've tried accessing it via various methods including freezing, no dice..
posted by Mossy to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
I've used these guys before and got good service. Might be worth asking them.

Do you get ANYTHING from the drive? I suppose one way would be to do a raw-read onto another disk and then try and manually recover data.

Time intensive and error prone I would assume.
posted by gadha at 4:28 AM on August 15, 2007

I had a hard drive go bad once, and I read that sometimes you can temporarily fix it by sticking it inside a ziplock bag and putting it inside a freezer for a while.

I tried it and it worked long enough to recover my important data.
posted by chndrcks at 5:39 AM on August 15, 2007

posted by bonaldi at 5:56 AM on August 15, 2007

Have you tried hooking the Macbook up to another Mac via firewire and booting it into target-disk mode? Worth a shot.
posted by adamrice at 7:15 AM on August 15, 2007

Vogon are the big daddy of UK data recovery experts - they certainly aren't cheap but a client recently used them to recover data from a fire-damaged (!) drive and were very impressed.
posted by blag at 7:19 AM on August 15, 2007

The BBC used Kroll Ontrack not long ago and was very impressed.
posted by dmt at 9:10 AM on August 15, 2007

The Genius Bar offered to back up my son's hard drive in his non-booting Macbook for $53 prior to a repair which might damage data. Do they have Genius Bar's in the UK?
posted by caddis at 9:26 AM on August 15, 2007

Obviously, lesson#1 buy a backup drive (you can buy 500GB now for less than 150 quid) and back up religiously. I recommend SuperDuper for the mac as a backup program.

Nthing target disc mode from another mac as your first port of call.
posted by lalochezia at 10:29 AM on August 15, 2007

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