Affordable Data Recovery Pricing
We have three flat rates in our data recovery price list with a no data, no charge guarantee!
Our small family-run data recovery lab is located in the Midwest and has the same expensive lab equipment and expertise as the big recovery companies! But our affordable flat rates and friendly customer service set us apart as the best choice for your data recovery project. Check out our low prices below.
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Hard Drive Data Recovery Prices Explained with Examples
Below you will find more details about our different affordable data recovery fixed price tiers along with examples of issues covered by each tier. If you are looking for a cheap hard drive recovery service that provides a quality experience, look no further. We know data recovery is a difficult subject to understand and are happy to discuss your particular case, just contact us with any questions you may have.
$329 Standard Data Recovery Service
We have a low, affordable flat fee for all standard data recovery projects. This inexpensive data recovery covers the basic recovery process – diagnosing and repairing your drive, extracting the data from your device, and transferring this information to a new form of media that you provide or purchase from us.
Of all the drives we receive, about 70% fall under our Standard affordable data recovery rate. This is our cheapest hard drive recovery rate.
The common issues that fall under our standard service are:
$399 Standard+ Data Recovery Service
Standard+ Hard Drive recoveries are an additional cost due to the more time-consuming and strenuous nature of the failed device. Media that fall into this category requires more advanced, specialized equipment and data recovery expertise. Keep in mind most recovery shops charge over $1000 for drives in this category, we keep our rates as affordable as possible.
The common issues that fall under our Standard+ service are:
- Advanced Firmware Issues
- Electrical Failure
- Encrypted Drives
- USB connectors soldered directly onto the drive
- Larger Capacity Drives
- Stuck Heads in Drive (Stiction)
$699 Lab Recovery
In the event that a hard drive is physically damaged and requires internal parts replaced, a Lab Recovery will be required. Most shops charge $1500+ for a lab recovery, or they ship your drive out for recovery. We do all the work in-house and are able to offer a very affordable Lab Recovery rate.
Yellow Brick, LLC covers the cost of donor parts and therefore only suggests Lab Recoveries when there is a likelihood of success. Our customers will not be charged if files are unrecoverable.
If a customer chooses not to proceed with a Lab Recovery, we will end our efforts here and return the device at no charge (excluding shipping fees, if applicable).
Common issues that require a Lab Recovery:
Deleted Files / Format Recovery
Accidentally erased or formatted hard drives are a common occurrence. Format Recoveries at Yellow Brick are a $199 non-refundable charge. Deleted Files / Format Recoveries are a less labor-intensive process than our other data recovery procedures due to the fact that the device is typically undamaged, and the inaccessible data is recovered using our specialized equipment.
The following scenarios are unusual, but they do come up every once in a while.
Any hard drive that is less than 50% recovered is permitted an “Opt Out, No Data Fee” of $99 in place of our $329 Standard Recovery price.
Open Cover Fee
If a hard drive’s cover was previously opened, we charge an advance payment of $99. This fee is non-refundable, covers an inspection of your device in our clean room, and will go toward the cost of your recovery if successful.
Our standard turnaround time is 5-7 business days. If our customers need their data returned sooner, we offer an expedited service for an additional $99. Our expedited recoveries take top priority and will be completed within 2-4 business days.
Common Issues With Hard Drives Explained
Standard Covered Issues
Hard Drive with Bad Sectors
Common Symptom: Freezing during use
Sometimes when you are using your computer it will freeze for a few seconds, then continue working. Often times you will hear the hard drive working extra hard during the pause. This can be caused by bad sectors on the drive.
Common Symptom: Not mounting or files missing
There is a portion of the drive that holds the catalog file. The catalog file holds information like what folder has what data in it. Partition information is also included in this data. The partition tells the computer how to read the catalog file. When this data gets corrupted, you are not able to mount the data onto the computer. Partition corruption I see is usually caused by bad sectors or other physical issues with the drive.
Standard Firmware Issues
Common Symptom: Varies, includes clicking drives or endless seeking sounds.
The firmware tells the drive how to work properly. A lot of hard drive firmware is actually stored on the platters like your data! This means if there are bad sectors or other issues in the firmware section of the drive, it will not operate properly. I see a lot of drives that have been diagnosed as bad heads because the drive is clicking, and it is actually an issue with the firmware.
Advanced Firmware Issues
Common Symptom: Varies, includes clicking drives or endless seeking sounds.
Sometimes the firmware is so badly damaged you have to use donor firmware from a similar drive. Other times it requires a lot of manual work to get all the firmware modules working enough to get to the data.
Standard+ Covered Issues
Common Symptom: Dead drive, burning smell.
Sometimes there will be an issue with a drive that causes an electrical failure. Sometimes it will be from aging devices. Other times from using the wrong power connector, or a power surge. Sometimes you will smell a burning electronics smell and the drive will either show no signs of life or a slight click sound when power is applied.
Common Symptom: Entering a password when you first turn on the computer or plug in a drive.
Encryption is great for sensitive data. It basically keeps all your data locked with a password that is required to access user data. There was a time when it was super rare to see encryption on a drive because it required technical knowledge or special equipment. Now a lot of drives on the market include encryption built-in. Encryption increases the time and difficulty of recovery because you have to get certain areas of the drive to work in order for the encryption key to validate. It also increases the amount of time needed to recover the data.
USB connectors soldered directly onto the drive
Common Symptom: Instead of having a standard hard drive connection, there is a USB connector soldered directly onto the drive.
It is becoming more common for portable external drives to have the USB connector soldered directly onto the drive. The way USB connectors work is a little different from standard SATA connectors, so one of the first steps in the data recovery process is to replace the USB connector board with a standard SATA board. This extra step (and needing a donor SATA board) increases the difficulty in the recovery.
Larger Capacity Drives
Common Symptom: Drives that hold over 2TB of data
As drives that hold more and more data become popular, the time it requires to recover the drives continues to increase. Because it takes longer to complete the data recovery process on a larger drive, it makes the recovery fall under the Standard+ rate.
Stuck Heads in Drive (Stiction)
Common Symptom: Beeping sounds when power is applied.
The heads that read the data off the platters inside the hard drive have a designated “parking spot”. Sometimes the heads do not park properly and actually get stuck on the surface of the drive. Opening the drive and freeing the heads is a delicate task that requires the use of the “clean room” we have onsite.
Lab Recovery Covered Issues
Internal Parts Needed
Common Symptom: Clicking or spinning with no other noises.
The Read/Write heads are the most common diagnosis you will receive when you contact a recovery company about getting your data. Most recovery companies will tell you the heads are bad and the drive requires a clean room recovery for possibly thousands of dollars. While this can be the case, it is not nearly as common as most recovery places want you to believe. I have recovered hundreds of drives that were quoted for heads issues by other companies that did not have heads issues.
Bad Read/Write Heads
Common Symptom: Clicking then spin down.
The heads inside the drive read data off the platters, much like the needle on a record player. When the heads fail to work, the drive is not able to read anything from the platters so it will not work properly. Replacing the heads in a drive requires you to open the drive in a clean room.
Common Symptom: Not able to read the data from the heads.
This is a rare issue but is similar to having an electrical issue on the PCB. This requires you to open the drive in a clean room to replace the part and get the drive working again enough to access data.
Common Symptom: Squeak or similar noise.
There is a motor in the drive that spins the platters at a high rate of speed (usually 5400 or 7200 revolutions per minute). This motor can go bad or seize, causing the drive to make a short click or slight audible sound as it tries to spin. Fixing this issue requires opening the drive in a “clean room”.
My experience with Aaron was great! I had received his name from another computer tech and everything was very positive. He was willing to pick up and deliver my hard drive (I live in another town) and communicated several times throughout the process, letting me know his assessments and even gave me his estimate of which price tier I would fall under before he was finished. Everything was very professional, but with a personal touch. I would highly recommend Yellow Brick for data recovery services.
What an awesome service! I had been hanging onto two old damaged hard drives just waiting for something affordable to come along. Aaron pulled my data from the two damaged hard drives with 100% success. I was fortunate that he was also in the area to pick them up and drop off my new hard drive when he was done. Fast, friendly, and affordable; I could not have asked for better service! I highly recommend!
Thanks, Shane! We are so pleased that your experience with us was a great one and that you benefitted from our pick-up/drop-off service! Most of all we love that we were able to recover precious data that you haven’t seen in years. This is the part of the job that we love! Cheers!
Aaron received my computer and got the hard drive retrieved. Thanks for the prompt service. Jaime c.
Thank you so much for supporting us with a positive review! We’re thrilled you had a good experience with us and that your data was recovered. Take care!!
I had a Seagate drive with lots of important records that died. Aaron picked up my drive and was able to restore 100% of my data. I couldn't be happier.
Hi Greg, thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback. We are thrilled that you had a positive experience with us at Yellow Brick! Best wishes to you!
Very responsive; kept me informed about the recovery process. Recovered all the files from my external hard drive--these were important files since I created them for college teaching. The price was very reasonable. I would recommend the company to anyone needing data recovery
We are so happy to hear you were pleased with our service, Russell! Thank you for taking the time to share this positive rating about Yellow Brick Data Recovery. All the best!
I highly recommend Yellow Brick Data Recovery to anyone. They recovered all our data after our hard drive failed. Aaron was Amazing to work with and kept us informed with all the progress. We got everything back in a timely manner!!
We are so happy we were able to help a fellow local business in need. Thanks for the kind words and take care!
I had a great experience with Aaron. He was very professional and personable. He was successful in recovering something that was important to me, which was a great relief and a pleasant surprise. Thank you, Aaron.
Thank you, Greg. We appreciate your business and are so glad we were able to recover your important family photos!
It was a fantastic recovery of all my data! My drive was spinning when I plugged it in, but the computer wasn't registering my device. [Sea-gate 1TB drive] I was terrified nothing was going to come back. 100% recovered, fantastic service. They included a snapshot of the data recovered to confirm, and sent it with expedited shipping straight to my house. Thank you so much!
We're so happy to hear you were satisfied with our service! It was our pleasure. Thank you for choosing Yellow Brick!
Aaron and his company were very professional and delivered a complex task beyond our expectations. They salvaged data off an old hard drive that was to the point other companies could not. We were very happy with their service, you are paying for good work and transparent service with Yellow Brick Recovery. Definitely them recommend for your recovery needs.
We love that we're able to help out our Hutchinson neighbors in need! Thank you for choosing us to get back your files when other companies couldn't.
They were able to recover all the files off my old 1997 hard drive for an incredible price. I thought my Music folder was lost forever. So thankful they were able to.
We are so happy we were able to help! We understand how important one’s music collection can be!
Excellent to work with, great company to work with!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled we were able to get back your files!
Thank you for your business! I know you have a lot of options for data recovery in Austin, TX and I really appreciate you choosing us!
Aaron was awesome! He was quick, kept me informed, and best of all, got my data back!
Thank you for the kind words! We’re so happy we were able to help.
Recovery of priceless information from failed drive which was identified as unrecoverable by two previous data recovery vendors.
Fantastic service! Thank you!
It was our pleasure, Terry. We’re happy to help. Thank you for trusting us with your important data!
Yellow Brick Data helped a college student retrieve data. They responded quickly to my inquiry and were able to retrieve the data with 24 hours. Customer service was exceptional! Highly recommend this business.
Thank you so much, Moira! We understand that losing important school documents can be a stressful thing. So happy we could help!
Great service. Will come to your location to pick up and deliver the hardware. Yellow Brick succeeded where another data recovery business that I used had failed.
We are always pleased when we can come through for our customers! Thank you for the kind words and for your business.