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Affordable Hard Drive Recovery Prices

Hard drive recovery costs can varyHard Drive Recovery Group has established flat-rate hard drive recovery and data recovery service prices that are based on average labor and material costs as well as the type and level of data recovery. Flat rate data recovery services costs translate to consistent and affordable pricing for you, the customer. Believe us, you don't succeed in the data recovery business for almost 30 years without the industry's most consistent and affordable data recovery clean room costs. The industry has changed markedly over the past five years, with many data recovery shops closing across the USA and Canada. We remain strong, with some of the most affordable data recovery costs available!

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Beware Of Pricing Myths

It has been called to our attention recently that some competitors are claiming that "some data recovery companies charge $1 per GB to recover data". The idea, obviously, to make you think that your 1TB drive will cost $1000 to recover. Heck, using that kind of math, today's 6TB drives would cost $6000 dollars to recover! This is blatantly false, as absolutely NO reasonable data recovery company charges "per GB recovered". It just isn't done.

This is a patently ridiculous claim, but if you do run into a company with this kind of "per gigabyte" data recovery cost scheme, avoid them and you will save not only time, but a lot of money. The pain of potentially losing your critical data - years of work, memories and documents - can be major, and data recovery service companies of this nature prey on new, uneducated customers in order to expand their profits. There is no reason, if you're reading this, that you should be victimized by these shady operators.

Costs for data recovery can range from $100-$2000. The final costs will be determined by a variety of factors which include:

  • Specific device failure involved
  • Labor exerted by the data recovery engineer
  • Data recovery equipment involved along with their operational costs
  • Preferred turnaround time

First of all, it's important to note that data recovery prices are typically based on "labor time spent", much like your car's mechanic. So while a $100+/hr in-lab fee is very common in the industry, any data recovery pricing scheme that would charge by the amount of data recovered is either a complete fraud, or in this case, made up. The truth is that the data recovery process costs the same whether the drive is 500MB or 14TB. What usually matters is the condition of the actual drive, which dictates how long a data recovery will take.

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If you found this page via Google, it is likely because our reputation for competitive data recovery costs precedes us. We ensure every one of our data recovery cost estimates is clear, easy to understand and rock solid (no strange hidden fees here). We always do our best to provide you with the lowest and most affordable hard drive recovery price.

Got Two Minutes For An Exact Data Recovery Cost Estimate?

The best way to get exact recovery pricing based on your situation is always a quick phone call to:


It’s a fact that companies offering data recovery services are notorious for keeping their pricing structure a secret. This shouldn’t be the case.  A credible and reliable data recovery company should have a dedicated data recovery engineer that is not only easily accessible but can also address any inquiries concerning the pricing of the data recovery services they are offering.  

HDRG's data recovery engineers can evaluate, diagnose and estimate your data recovery price in the time it takes to read this page. If you're looking for the best buy on data recovery, you've come to the right place. Plus, we're one of the only shops in the industry to have engineers on call, 24 hours per day, every single day of the year. So you get an exact price estimate quickly, and the free technical support you're looking for.

QUICK NOTE: Pricing on typical hard drive recovery cost ranges can run anywhere from $49 to $1500

(Of course, complex problems, multiple drive setups, including RAID, and extreme damage can easily double or even triple your recovery cost, something we inform you of before we even begin your recovery.)

We wish we could tell you more, but that is quite tough to do without knowing the specifics of your situation. Every data loss issue is different, and although we could bore you with "classifications" and "data recovery levels", we won't. However, you may be interested in these examples, which are typical:

The Low End Example: A $49-$99 The File Deletion Problem

Ok, so let's say you have deleted a file and can't get it back... This is the kind of data recovery that almost any computer repair shop can do. Typically, it just involves downloading an inexpensive data recovery software program (like the one noted below), and then a quick recovery. No harm, no foul.

In some cases (particularly with repeat clients), we will even provide this service free of charge. Suffice it to say, a typical file undeletion service is easy to provide, and not an issue for a data recovery company that is used to far more complex recovery jobs.

Types of device failures and their corresponding recovery costs

Determining the type of storage device failure is crucial in getting a more solid grasp not only of the damage but also of the likely fees and costs that data recovery services will involve. Does the computer still detect the external hard drive the moment it gets plugged in? Is the device making a buzzing, beeping or clicking sound? Are you experiencing an intermittently working drive?

Mechanical Failure

It’s generally easy to detect whether or not your data storage device is experiencing a mechanical failure. Your hard drive will likely start making loud, clanky, creaky sounds. If your storage device starts making all sorts of weird noises— something that it didn’t use to before, there is a very good chance that it is physically damaged.

If you think that your device is acting up as a result of mechanical failure, the first thing to do is to power it off. Continuing to use the device in this state is only going to exacerbate the problem and will likely even result in irreversible internal damage and permanent loss of your files. Continuing to use the device despite these signs will only further slim down your chances of recovering your data.

For device failures like this, cleanroom care may be necessary. This is where recovery data experts will carefully examine the device, identify any failing components and then carefully reconstruct them. This is a very intricate process since even the tiniest debris or dust that will get into the drive can damage it for good and lead to permanent file loss. This is why a controlled cleanroom environment is necessary when performing this repair to ensure that the storage device’s internal components are duly protected.

A Higher End Example: A $1500 Water Soaked Hard Drive

So here's our high-end example: Let's say your house has flooded. Let's also say that your important files were saved on a hard drive in a computer, in the basement. Let's also say that the system was powered up when the flood began, and the water shorted out your computer.

This is a more difficult repair situation that may come with higher hard drive recovery costs. You're going to need a professional for this, and not just a "local computer repair guy". This job will require a data recovery service with a clean room.

Like, as an example, your friends at Hard Drive Recovery Group.

Take a minute to call our friendly technicians directly at 1-866-341-4374 (no voicemail here!) or fill in our quote form here, and once we have a good idea of the problem at hand, we can typically provide you with a quick, solid data recovery price quote.

We ALWAYS give you a written quote before you send us your drive or media. Our customers have found this to be extremely valuable and time saving, as they know what to expect up front.

One thing that is key to ensuring you're paying the lowest price is to make 100% sure that you're dealing with a data recovery service, and not a computer repair shop. The reason for this is that although there are rare exceptions, almost all computer repair shops do not do physical hard drive recoveries themselves. Instead, they simply outsource the work to an actual data recovery service like Hard Drive Recovery Group, all while charging an extra 20-50% on top of the actual data recovery cost. Going direct is always going to be best.

Another piece of advice we always give to people seeking data recovery is to always request an upfront quote. And remember:

If we don't recover your data, we don't charge.

The Cheapest Avenue: Data Recovery Software

There is one question you probably should ask yourself: are you sure you have an actual physical hard drive failure? If you are just looking for a couple of deleted files, have had some partition corruption or think your hard drive is fully intact and just not working right, software may do the trick.

While we naturally prefer that you call us before you do anything rash (in cases of physical hard drive crashes, software can actually damage the hard disk platter and make recovery much harder). We no longer recommend data recovery software of any kind, except for our proprietary in house data recovery tools.

Is DIY data recovery possible?

You are probably considering the DIY data recovery route to try and recover your files from your corrupted or damaged hard drive. While this is certainly one option you can consider, it is important to note that this is highly risky, especially if you are not experienced with data recovery in general. Each day we speak to customers who have attempted to "open their hard drive to see what was going on", and, well, suffice to say that DIY data recovery can OFTEN result in permanent data loss. Meaning, even a professional data recovery service cannot restore it.

If you’re not afraid to try and data recovery on your own, always start by determining the specific type of device failure you are experiencing first. Find out the extent of the damage before deciding how you should go about restoring your files. It helps to know what data recovery prices you're dealing with first, of course, as this will be a risky situation. There is a wide range of data recovery software you can find online for free along with other resources that will offer some guidance on how to go about recovering data on your own. If you’re looking for ways to save money while recovering your files, then this is a route you can take instead of signing up for the services of a data recovery services company.

Some of the costs you may need to cover when doing DIY data recovery include:

  • Data recovery program
  • Tools for fixing hard drive mechanical failure
  • Extra data storage
  • Imaging hardware
  • Data recovery hood
  • Cleanroom equipment


Bear in mind that data recovery is an intricate process. In fact, it requires years of training and experience to fully grasp the delicate process of data recovery and restoration. This is why, before undertaking something as intricate as data recovery on your own, it is important to get a good grasp of what the process involves so you can make an informed decision on whether or not you have the capacity to do it right. (Our guess is you probably do not! So please, if you do value your data, don't try!)

Why Does Data Recovery Cost So Much?

Data recovery service isn’t cheap but one must understand that this is a specialized service that aims to restore and recover deleted and lost files as well as fix damaged or broken hard drives. Professional data recovery offers the highest chance of recovering your lost data through an extensively intricate process, which is why the costs involved are never going to be as cheap as, say, purchasing a new hard drive.. 

In addition, credible data recovery providers will always want to keep themselves abreast with the newest and latest tools, technologies and techniques in the business. This means that they will need to set aside a chunk of their finances towards basic R&D. With this, we get to enjoy a much higher data recovery success rate in general.

Among the most common factors affecting the costs for data recovery include:

  • Professional labor charged by the hour
  • Quality guarantee
  • Replacement components
  • Hardware and software for professional imaging
  • Protected and safe laboratory setting

No Data Recovered, No Fee

At Hard Drive Recovery Group, we're confident that we can recover data from whatever drive or media you send us. In fact, 98% of the time, our client's data is fully recovered via either our proprietary data recovery software or hard disk repair.

However, as an additional guarantee, be assured that if we do not recover your data, we will not charge you a data recovery fee. It sounds like a simple promise, but many of our competitors still charge unnecessary fees, even when they fail!

Free Data Recovery Evaluations

We do not charge you a fee simply to provide you a quote on your hard drive data recovery. Because of our flat-rate data recovery service pricing, it is not a requirement for us to evaluate the state of your equipment in person before contacting you to provide you with a solid cost estimate.

Unlike many of our competitors, we use our data recovery experience to calculate cost averages for material and labor to give you truly up-front pricing. All is never lost on your hard drive, no matter what other providers may have claimed. Any minimum charge that may apply to your order is included in your successful recovery.

Looking for a data recovery price range?

Every data recovery situation is different: some require only low cost software to do the job. Meanwhile, some jobs require clean room hard drive repair. Servers with complex RAID arrays, meanwhile, may require expedited data recovery service.

No matter the issue, a data recovery engineer should be able to answer your question immediately.

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Our data recovery technicians will find you the most affordable solution, and best data recovery prices, guaranteed.

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