The laptop hard drive data recovery process is very difficult, and unfortunately it can also be very expensive for both private computer users and companies. The companies that are able to offer notebook data recovery regularly charge over $1,000 per case. This is because a number of special tools are needed for notebook hard drive recovery, including a class 100 clean room, firmware repair equipment, and hundreds of other tools.

While there’s not much that a person can do to completely eliminate the cost of laptop hard drive data recovery without creating backups, it’s very possible to cut down the cost of the notebook data recovery process significantly. There are several ways to accomplish this.

Notebook hard drive recovery is a very competitive field, and many computer owners find it easy to cut down on costs simply by comparing prices between companies. However, it’s important to realize that data recovery companies differ in ability; a good notebook hard drive recover company should at the very least have the aforementioned class 100 clean room. This is a special room with advanced filtration systems designed to eliminate the risk of platter contamination, which is a serious problem that can affect notebook hard drives when physical data recovery work is being performed. It’s also a good idea to do some general research on a data recovery company before selecting them, taking time to look at the company’s customer testimonials and client list.

Another way to decrease the cost of laptop hard drive recovery is to avoid any actions that could cause additional damage to the drive. Don’t keep a damaged hard drive running for any reason, as this can cause damage to the data-storing platters of the drive. At the first sign of serious data loss, immediately shut the device down and resist the urge to power it on again. Package it very carefully before shipping it to a notebook data recovery facility. Use at least three inches of non-static bubble wrap, and try to locate an anti static bag for shipping. This will prevent damage to the electronics board of the hard drive.

Hard drive data recovery companies often offer discounts to some of their customers, and identifying these discounts can make a huge difference. Ask if the data recovery company offers educational, military, public service, or non-profit discounts if you work in any of these fields. You should ask about discounts regardless of whether or not the data on the hard drive is related to your occupation. As mentioned earlier, data recovery companies are extremely competitive, and there’s a good chance that a customer service representative will jump at the chance to offer you a low-cost policy.

Finally, negotiate with data recovery providers. Point out competitor quotes, and have all of the relevant information about the laptop drive ready, including failure scenario and a list of the important files on the disk. Negotiating will be easier if you’re prepared for the process, and you’ll greatly cut the cost of data recovery.