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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, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    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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