Hard drive recovery costs may vary from case to case. Prices cannot be the same for every type of hard drive and for every kind of hard drive failure. There can be a range of factors which decide what would be the total data recovery cost will be for you. Some of these factors are listed here.
One of the very basic factors on which the cost of hard drive recovery depends is the type of hard drive itself. Hard drives differ in interface; e.g. recovering data from an SCSI drive would be more costly than that from an IDE drive. Similarly, it is obvious that there would be different costs associated with data recovery from drives of different sizes and model.
Another common factor deciding hard drive recovery cost to a great extent is of course the type of damage rendered to the drive. A physically damaged drive usually requires more effort for data recovery than a logically damaged drive.
Besides, the above mentioned factors, often the attempts made by the user to recover the data can also result in an increase in the costs (as well as dangerous chemical exposure) because in most cases, such attempts further increase the damage.
Data Recovery From A Drive That Beeps
When you have a hard drive that is out of order, not completely non-responsive but producing a beeping sound, it means that the motor is trying to spin the drive but cannot do so and hence you hear a sound. This can happen due to two major hardware problems – both of which are of a serious nature. When a drive is not running, the heads of drive park either in the center or at the edge of the platter and never come in contact with the data area of platter. A problem arises when the heads park over the data area once the platters stop spinning. Hard drive data recovery in such cases can only be done in a lab by a professional who will carefully remove the heads from the platter and may replace the heads if needed.
The second possible cause of such beeping sounds can be the seizure of motor spindle around which the platters rotate. If the spindle gets damaged, it may stop spinning and in such cases, the hard drive data recovery can be performed either by replacing the faulty spindle or by moving the platters with their heads to a new hard drive altogether. In both cases, effective data recovery requires the services of a professional. Damaged hard drive units should NOT be touched by an amateur.
Repairing A Hard Drive With A Damaged Printed Circuit Board
If you are totally abusing your rig, over clocking and playing video games, or mercilessly crunching your processor, chances are something is going to get overheated. It could be your motherboard, video card or your hard drive. In hard drives, what gets specifically scorched is the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Bear in mind that under extreme conditions you can easily damage your PCB, however, you could be lucky if there are no other components that are affected because it can be fairly easy to repair hard drives with a burned out PCB.
As I was saying if you are positively sure that your platters and disk head are functioning well, you are in luck. If there are burn marks on your PCB then, you can be absolutely sure that it is where your problem lies. To repair a hard drive that has this problem, you can just easily find a replacement part.
You can get one from a dead hard drive with a perfectly working PCB and replace it or you can also order cheap parts from online stores. You can find instructions anywhere on the internet for this kind of procedure. If you are still worried that you might do more damage to your hard drive, you can always turn to a professional to take care of and repair hard drive for you.