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Here are the answers to the most common questions on data recovery services.

What is the data recovery process and how do I get my data back from you? 2019-07-23T14:59:57-05:00

To initiate the data recovery process, you can follow these steps:

1. Start by submitting a case with details about your device.

2. After our technicians evaluate your device, you will receive a comprehensive and detailed quote for the recovery services.

3. If you agree with the service, our experts will start working on your device promptly.

4. Once the recovery process is complete, you will receive your data. The recovered data is transferred to a new device for return or sent in digital form, depending on the size and delivery method chosen.

How do I know my data will be kept private? 2019-04-05T09:29:45-05:00

Your data's privacy is guaranteed through a strict chain-of-command protocol followed for all data, ensuring that your data is handled securely. Our stringent measures include our SSAE 16 SOC3 TYPE III certification and ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Will I receive a list of the files recovered? 2019-07-23T15:22:48-05:00

Yes, you will receive a list of the files that were successfully recovered before making any payment.

Process Overview 2019-07-23T15:29:26-05:00

1. Submit a case with details about your device

2. Receive a free comprehensive evaluation and quote

3. Accept the recovery services

4. Receive your data

Is a cleanroom used to work on hard drives? 2019-07-19T14:02:11-05:00

Yes, when the recovery process requires technicians to physically open the hard drive, a certified ISO-5 cleanroom is used. This cleanroom environment ensures that the work is done in a controlled and contaminant-free space..

How often is a recovery successful? 2019-07-23T15:02:41-05:00

SalvageData is maintaining a high success rate, specifically a 96% successful recovery rate on hard drives.

What if my data is unrecoverable? 2019-04-04T14:14:55-05:00

In the event that a device is found to be unrecoverable, there will be an option to have the device securely disposed of or returned by mail. The client will be responsible for the cost of return shipping.

Does the price change based on how much data I want recovered? 2019-04-03T15:32:22-05:00

No. The amount of data being recovered does not impact price. The price reflects parts needed and labor to recover data.

Is there a cancellation fee? 2019-07-19T12:36:08-05:00

A client may request to cancel the service project at any point before the recovery is accepted. If the customer has already approved service based on the quote provided by SALVAGEDATA Recovery and provided a credit card, a cancellation fee equal or the greater of either $200 or 20% of the quoted service fee will apply.

How much does hard drive data recovery cost? 2019-07-23T14:54:24-05:00

It varies – but in general, hard drive recovery costs $300-$1000 for more minor fixes and $1100-$1900 for more major incidents such as disk crashes or water damage.

Can I get an estimate? 2019-09-01T03:07:22-05:00

Yes, everyone receives an estimate. To best determine how much your recovery will be, your device will need to be analyzed in the lab beforehand. Please go to

Where are you located? 2020-08-25T10:45:13-05:00

SALVAGEDATA is located all across the country but our headquarters are in Cleveland, Ohio. To find out your nearest drop off location please click here.

Typically a hard drive failure. Your system could be struggling for a variety of reasons, but it is likely due to a mechanical or logical error in your hard drive.

This issue could be an electrical issue due to a power surge or faulty power supply. Depending on how urgent files are needed, searching for backup file information is your best temporary fix while your device is being worked on. If files are not backed up, that does not mean the information is gone for good.

Irregular noises such as these coming from your hard drive are not a good sign. You should turn off your device in a logical manner to prevent any further damage, then contact us.

Error messages are often an indication there is a logical error with your hard drive. On occasion, this can be fixed using data recovery software.

This could be due to a problem with the BIOS settings, a physical hard drive issue, or a connection failure. If the drive is removed and inserted into a different computer but is unable to work properly, you should contact a data recovery professional immediately.

When a hard drive physically stops working, that is the crash. When this happens, a drive can fail to boot, respond slowly, or not power on at all. A computer not turning on is a sign that the hard drive could have crashed.

How long does it take to recover my data? 2019-04-03T15:32:22-05:00

Great question. This varies depending on the complexity of the recovery and how busy we are. Regular data recovery service will generally take about 10 business days. We also offer emergency and expedited recovery.

What types of storage devices can you recover data from? 2019-07-19T12:36:08-05:00

We recover data from hard drives, flash drives, RAID, NAS/SAN, virtual servers, memory cards, SSD and tapes. Toshiba, Samsung, Maxtor, Fujitsu, SanDisk, Kingston, Hitachi, Lexar, PNY, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Western Digital and Seagate are just some of the more common hard drive brands that come through our doors. Any size or shape, we can salvage your data from it.

Do you offer free data recovery software? 2019-07-23T14:54:24-05:00

Yes, you can download it here. NOTE: If your hard drive is clicking, beeping or unresponsive, call us before trying to fix it, you could lose your data!

What is data recovery? 2019-09-01T03:07:22-05:00

Data recovery is the process of salvaging data that has been corrupted, lost, deleted, or deemed inaccessible by the user. When recovering data, the recovery is often focused on operating system failure, storage malfunctions, and inaccessible file usage. Recovery is needed when a device suffers from a physical, logical, or firmware related failure.

What causes a hard drive to fail? 2020-08-25T10:45:13-05:00

Hard drive failures can be caused by human errors, a mechanical failure from natural wear and aging, excessive heat, improper ventilation, power surge or a manufacturer defect, just to name the basics. A physical issue with the drive such as hard drive crash, water/heat damage will require a professional recovery service to salvage your data.

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