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Old Jul 21, 2019, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default This is why data recovery is expensive...

I'm starting to go through my brother's computer stuff, and he had 8 drives in his primary rig, plus another four or five loose drives just kicking around in various condition. All 3-4Tb, all Linux format (EXT and btrfs), all 50-100% full. I know he had a lot of TV, movie, and comic series (complete sets), so I'm starting to backup/restore/convert the volumes to a more convenient NTFS format to make my life easier.

My father keeps asking if I've gone through his collection yet, and I just can't seem to get it through to him that it will take up to 6 hours per drive just to peel the data off. Even at 100+Mb/s it takes a while to dump a full 3Tb drive, and that hasn't even started to deal with his .RAR inside a .ZIP inside a .RAR archives (whyyyyyyyy?).
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Old Jul 21, 2019, 11:29 AM   #2
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that hasn't even started to deal with his .RAR inside a .ZIP inside a .RAR archives (whyyyyyyyy?).
Must be some CRAZY porn
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Old Jul 21, 2019, 12:04 PM   #3
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Must be some CRAZY porn
Reminds me of being in my mid teens in the late 90s...a zip within a rar within a zip with file extensions disabled, hidden in system32 somewhere.

Clear recently used files list.
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Old Jul 21, 2019, 12:58 PM   #4
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looks like you found a need for a 3900x and a video converter that uses all cores and gpu
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Old Jul 21, 2019, 01:02 PM   #5
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looks like you found a need for a 3900x and a video converter that uses all cores and gpu
Lmao, I haven't even taken mine out of its box yet. In my haste to finally get one in the UK I forgot to order my thermal paste etc so I'll have to look at the box until Tue/Wed.

It's totally overkill for my needs, I just wanted to see all them threads in task manager.
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Old Jul 21, 2019, 08:55 PM   #6
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I thought I had a lot of hard drives. 8 + 4 sounds like crazy talk.
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Old Jul 22, 2019, 01:16 AM   #7
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Copying existing media from one drive/file system to another is not at all why data recovery is expensive, or why it even exists as a business.
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Copying existing media from one drive/file system to another is not at all why data recovery is expensive, or why it even exists as a business.
I used to do it. Time is expensive, no matter what it's used for. Base rate was $500, and that was if the source drive magically worked fine to make a clone. Rates went up from there, shop time was $65/hr for repairs and $120/hr for data recovery. Clean room time was really expensive.
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I used to do it. Time is expensive, no matter what it's used for. Base rate was $500, and that was if the source drive magically worked fine to make a clone. Rates went up from there, shop time was $65/hr for repairs and $120/hr for data recovery. Clean room time was really expensive.
Thing is you don't usually call up a data recovery service if you need to transfer lots of files.
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Thing is you don't usually call up a data recovery service if you need to transfer lots of files.
You do if your computer can't read the format or the drive looks empty
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Old Jul 23, 2019, 07:40 PM   #11
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Fuuuu...he left notes on his collections. He had it planned at least week before he killed himself, and he expected someone was going to go through the drives. Maybe not me, but someone.

Once I have everything secured, I'm going to put this aside a while. I can't do this right now.

Also, no pr0n for you, Cyko - a couple suspiciously empty looking drives suggests he deleted it all.
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Platter recovery, spindle repair and data reconstruction is way more costly than data movement and time spent on data movement.



Worked in Pre-press, then Telecom and now Banking and all 3 of them require massive data stores and data loss is a huge concern. When recovering data the cost of moving data or coping data is considered negligible when compared to rebuilding damaged data stores.
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Must be some CRAZY porn
Some super secret kinky stuff that no human is supposed to see!

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Fuuuu...he left notes on his collections. He had it planned at least week before he killed himself, and he expected someone was going to go through the drives. Maybe not me, but someone.

Once I have everything secured, I'm going to put this aside a while. I can't do this right now.

Also, no pr0n for you, Cyko - a couple suspiciously empty looking drives suggests he deleted it all.
As long as it wasn't 3 pass+ DoD'd, it can be recovered. I've done it before (in my case I accidentally deleted my partition for my backup drive that had all my games and backup files on it)...but again, depends on how far you want to go with his stuff.

Hard to do, I know.
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As long as it wasn't 3 pass+ DoD'd, it can be recovered. I've done it before (in my case I accidentally deleted my partition for my backup drive that had all my games and backup files on it)...but again, depends on how far you want to go with his stuff.

Hard to do, I know.
I could get whatever he deleted back, but I'm not, and I'm making it so nobody else can either. Not that it would ever be a point of contention, but still.
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