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    Dec 10, 2009
    Unhappy trial and error with different data recovery

    I recently had a small child destroy a 700GB Western Digital external hard drive. I've used an old version of Data Rescue which after 2 days recovered some files (about 1/3rd) but many were without names (numbers instead of their names) and in no order. (foreign movies without their subtitles file and much more of a mess that would take me a year of organization just to fix those few files). I tried burning an image of the broken hard drive with dd_rescue using the terminal, after 2 days it turned out that the disk image wont open :-(

    I have tried to order the insanely expensive Boomerang Data Recovery but they rejected my US credit card with my foreign IP address even though my bank approved it. I ran their demo and after 2 days it showed up as if it was going to recover all my files with their correct file names and in their correct folders but since I couldn't buy the $200 serial number from them I have no idea if it is really something that would work anyway. $200 is about 700 of my local currency anyway so it is VERY expensive for me and I really only wanted to try it as a last resort.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions about what I can do to try to read the hard drive? I plugged it into a PC laptop and it read the hard drive momentarily before it decided it didn't know how to open the disk and acted the same as my Mac.

    Please help! I am desperate!

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    All commercial data recovery is expensive. Commercial data recovery companies can charge thousands depending on the information and drive size. You might like to give Disk Drill a shot but no guarantees.

    Free Mac data recovery software > Recover lost data with Disk Drill!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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