The Five Levels of Data Recovery
AE&E Corporation performs five levels of data recovery. Each level requires a distinct process, skill level, and specialized equipment to complete. As a data recovery job moves from step to step, the price and complexity increases. Complex data recoveries can cost well over a thousand dollars. AE&E Corporation knows a thousand dollars is a lot, and we want to ensure that our clients are well educated about the process, pricing, and reasons why you should always use a professional data recovery company like AE&E Corporation.
If you don't find similar information at other data recovery websites, be very careful, since a a lot of basic computer repair companies pretend to be experts at data recovery. Trusting them can quickly make your data impossible to recover, as they often try very harmful methods to extract your data. These methods may prevent our ability to perform a successful recovery. We provide a simple guarantee and have many testimonials from satisfied clients. Bottom line: we get your data back or it's free.
AE&E Corporation charges based on the level required to perform the data recovery. With the information below, and the help of a data technician, you will know approximately what your situation will cost. If you don't have access to an IT technician or have trouble understanding anything below, please just give us a call and we will make every attempt to help you understand the process and our pricing.
Data Recovery Level One
Level one of data recovery involves removing the drive from any enclosures or system and attempting to access it with another machine. On the upper end of level one, other operating systems are used, as are basic tools that can sometimes see past minor logical file system errors.
Level one recoveries are between $300-$500
Data Recovery Level Two
This level of data recovery involves industry-specific software designed to accommodate drives that have formatting issues, bad partition tables, or other minor logical errors. Erased files, formatted drives, and missing file systems are common examples of a level two data recovery. Advanced logical recoveries may need level three. However, sometimes formatted drives that have been not written over will require this level of data recovery.
Level two recoveries are between $500-$800
Data Recovery Level Three
Often, a data recovery job will need level three and then a level two analysis done. This happens when there are minor physical problems with the disk. If you cannot see the hard drive's logical drive letter, or your operating system cannot detect the existence of the hard drive, you most likely need a level three or higher data recovery. One good rule of thumb is that if your computer's BIOS can see the drive, but your operating system cannot, then you will most likely need a level three or level four data recovery.
Level three recoveries are between $800-$1200
Data Recovery Level Four
Level four data recovery can involve a very special tool that costs more than the average mid-sized automobile. This tool re-writes hard drive firmware and can fix broken controller cards. If the hard drive is able to spin, but the computer's BIOS cannot see the drive, it will most likely need a level four data recovery. While most data recovery companies that have this tool also have a clean room, level four recovery does not require a clean room.
Level four data recoveries are between $1200-$1500
Data Recovery Level Five
Level five data recovery is the most advanced and requires a specialized area called a clean room. A clean room generally costs between $30,000-$50,000 dollars to install and operate. This level of data recovery is needed when a drive must be physically opened and parts must be swapped out. If your drive is completely dead and will not power on, this is a sure sign that it needs level five recovery. Motor failures, dropped disks, fires, floods, and other major physical drive issues require this last and most complex level of data recovery. AE&E Corporation leverages an extensive network of the world's best data recovery experts and labs.
Level five data recoveries are between $1500-$3250