Before you read this post, ask yourself: “is my important data backed up?”. If not, I PLEAD WITH YOU. Stop reading now and go back up your data immediately. Now! Don’t wait any second. Consider buying a large external hard disk and start backing everything up, be work or family related.
Regular readers of this blog know that I had a hard disk crash disaster around a month ago! I had very little data backed up. I was quite devastated during the Eid and New Year holiday. I drove my family and friends crazy with my data disaster story (sorry about that guys). I’ve been working without my data for almost a month. Everyday brought a reminder of a document, presentation, music, video or photo lost. Horrible. Horrible!
(Go back up now damn it!)
My data is now back. Yesterday I finally received a brand new hard disk which contains my recovered data.
A week after the crash I decided to send it to a professional data recovery firm. I found a company in Dubai (thank goodness for Duabi) called Data Recovery Direct, who claim to have the Middle East’s only clean room (a special space where hard disks can be opened safely).
It took the company longer than expected, but wow. They did it. Apparently the motor of the Toshiba drive failed, I guess because of over-heating (I later found out on the web that many Toshiba drives on Mac and other laptops failed exactly the same way as mine did).
The service is not cheap. I ended up paying around JD 900 to get my data back. But I think it was worth it. Hadn’t I paid for such service and just given up on the data, there would have always been a nagging feeling of ‘oh I wish a had this or that file’, maybe for years to come.
I have not checked everything, on the hard disk. I am still worried about my super large mail file. But all the other stuff I checked is all intact. So I am keeping my finger crossed.
Despite the steep price (it’s the same in the US by the way) I am very grateful to Data Recovery Direct.
The new drive has been ready for almost two weeks. Why I only got it yesterday has something to do with our beloved Jordanian Customs Department. But I am too happy to go into a rant about them (I will soon! I swear!).
GO BACK UP! AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME!