I have an external Seagate drive that has failed. I have over a year worth of pictures on the drive. The drive is still under warranty and they will try and recover what they can. My question is has anyone had experience with Seagate recovery? I want to send it to the best place. Of course now I know I need to have all my pictures backed up in a least two places. Hard lesson and I am freaking out about my family pictures lost.
You can buy a 2TB USB3 drive for next to nothing, and use it to back up your important data. Even better buy two and keep one at a friends, parents house or in a safe deposit box. It's one of those things either spend a little time and money now or a lot of time and money later. The fact that drives fail all the time should not be news to anyone.
I share your pain! Just had an internal seagate drive fail with 17,000 images on board. ironically had a brand new but unboxed 2TB external drive just sitting alongside, but never got around to the 'back up'. Data recovery for my corrupt drive is expected to be between $600-$2500 depending on what they CAN recover in the 930 Gig of images from my trusty D7000.
It serves as yet another timely reminder for everyone to be vigilant & that NO drive lasts forever!
I had an external drive fail last November. I am a PPA member and they recommended sending it to Drive Savers in California. They recovered all the images. The cost was about $1300 for a 2TB drive. They were great to work with.
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Reading through these posts is painful... I don't know if any have tried (and it might be quite hard with an External Hard Drive), but my wife's computer drive failed. You could not boot up onto the computer as it gave errors and shut down (I don't remember the exact issues, but the boot sector was blown and it would not allow us to boot up on the Windows disk that was for that purpose). I called the Geek Squad to ask and they said there was no guarantee they could get anything off the drive. I spoke with my companies IT guy (he's great and give us all advice as needed). He mentioned my getting a cable link (I bought it at Fry's Electronics, but I'm sure they can be found at many computer stores). I related this to the old "Lap-Link" type setup, but it wasn't able to see back and forth - only me seeing her drive. I bought it ($42 + tax), went home, pulled her hard drive out of her computer (a laptop), plugged it in as per the instructions and wah-la, pulled all of her data off her hard drive onto my computer until I could put it on my backup drive. My computer saw her drive as another external drive and I pulled what I wanted and she was saved (she also had data on her computer that was not backed up... as do we all!).
I thought it was worth a try and it saved my hundred$ of dollar$ I'm sure... I'm keeping that little thing!
Now again, this may not work for all drive and it might be hard if not impossible for a portable drive like the Seagate (I had one of those and it too went bad - I've never had another since... now I'm using one of the Duo type external drives for both my wife's and my computers). This data recover is a hit and miss subject I think...
Best of luck and I hope you get all of your data and images!
>After reading this thread I think I will avoid Seagate >Drives. > >Just terrible for all who have lost priceless pictures, > >Patrick
Only for the last three years - before that, they had the lowest failure rate, but something's caused them to go rapidly downhill. Right now the go-to is Hitachi if you want absolute reliability, but I've chosen to go with Western Digital, and keep spares on hand and use RAID and hot-spares to protect against disk failures. My older drives were Seagates, and I suffered one failure out of ten
Of course, I also have full off-site backups. At the end of the day, the storage is cheap, just back stuff up.