[QUOTE=AWILLIAMS64;2211524]i have a friend that owns a car lot and his computer started smoking saturday. I naturally thought, power supply problem. I went to his shop this morning and could smell that my power supply smoked smell. I took it out and it was definitely fried. I got a new one and it would not power up either…until i unhook the hard drive. Then it powers up no problem. It is a maxtor 160g pata drive that is still under warranty. question is, he has all of his inventory, form setting, etc. on the drive…no he does not have a backup…i know dumb move on his part. does anyone know the approximate cost of dat recovery from a failed drive. this one is shorted out good. thanks in advance…He is trying to figure out if it is cheaper to get the data back or have someone come in and set up all of his forms, settings, etc./ this usually cost around $300-$400.[/QUOTE]
First I would hook that drive onto a computer and see if it can read or access that drive first. If it can then you can save the data onto another HDD and Restore his computer if it is a factory bought back to factory settings with the Recovery cds and then reload his progam and copy back his data. This is all if you are able to recover the data from just hooking up to a computer. Those HDD recovery companies could charge more the 300-400 sounds like on the cheap side I am thinking it could cost more for recovering his data. You should tell him to really make sure the true cost before doing that. But you should go the simplier route first and hook that HDD to another computer and see if it can see it. Also download maxtor HDD utility and see if that can’t help first before spending hundreds of dollar that might not in the end recovery the data.