A few months ago, my hard drive crashed. It’s a WD Elements 1TB portable hard disk. I didn’t do anything, I just copied some files, then suddenly it just died of old age. It cannot copy any files at all. I have very important—you know, priceless sentimental value—data inside that drive and I don’t have a backup. Because I’m a little bit of a “techy” myself, I attempted to recover the data in my HDD using various data recovery software.
I just googled online and found a lot of data recovery applications, both free and paid. I tried Revuca, Pandora, ADRC Data Recovery Tool, TestDisk, UndeletePlus, and a whole lot more. I also tried all of the recommended data recovery software by Lifehacker, but it didn’t work.
I was hopeless because I wasn’t able to successfully recover all that precious data. So what I did next? I decided to use a data recovery center here in the Philippines that is cheap and that works. I found expensive ones in the US and Singapore, but those options are damn too expensive. It will take you to around $3000 USD (P150,000.00 pesos!) just to recover a data from a $100 USD hard drive. Good thing there were a few more options on data recovery centers in the Philippines. I tried this company called XYON (web archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20130728063406/http://www.xyon.com.ph/), but after a month of leaving my hard drive with them, they didn’t successfully recover my data. They just used the same tools that I used, and did the same recovery methods that I already did. They don’t have a lab nor a clean room here in the Philippines that opens the hard drive, to scan it using some sort of a special device, then recover the data from disc images, unlike what I’ve read in other professional data recovery centers in the US and Singapore.
XYON asked me if I agree to ship my hard disk to the US for a mere fee of around $1500 USD. They said that they will attempt to recover the data through their partner, Seagate. But I’m a bit skeptical and at the same time, astounded with the price because it’s a bit expensive.
Good thing I found one (an individual rather than a company) on Sulit.com.ph who offers professional data recovery for only $600 USD. I gave him my hard disk and my data was recovered successfully. If you’re also looking for a data recovery professional in the Philippines, I highly recommend Chris. You can e-mail him at [email protected] or call/text him at 0917-821-8802. You’ll never be disappointed.
05/04/2017 UPDATE: New contact number of Chris is 0920-611-3020. You can reach him via SMS.