How much does data recovery cost?

Fixed price fees provided in advance.

CDR - Manchester Data Recovery Services - aims to be as clear as possible about the pricing of its services and will provide a list of our charges to you in advance of any work. Please contact us on 0161 408 4857 or email CDR and we will send you a full up to date price list by email. CDR will conduct the diagnostic tests for free to confirm the type of failure your HDD or SSD has and then assign it to one of the prices listed. It is a no-obligation quotation. In most cases, during a phone conversation, it is possible to identify the type of fault with your device and provide you with an accurate quotation. For RAID arrays/servers, we always provide a fixed price quotation in advance of receiving your device.

We know what an emotive issue lost data can be – CDR offers realistic quotations over the phone based on the fault description. We will not just quote our lowest price over the phone.

Data Recovery Scams.

Unfortunately, there are a number of data recovery scams in the UK. Usually these companies will provide an attractive low price estimate in advance of receiving the HDD or SSD. Frequently a vague price range shall be provided and you will be told the "average price," of a recovery. Some companies will claim that nearly all data recovery work will cost between £97 - £200. However, on receipt of the device the quotation will increase significantly, usually to between £500 and £800. In addition to this, they will ask for a significant non-refundable fee ahead of performing any work, despite having advertised 'no-fix, no-fee recovery' terms. The non-refundable fee requested is claimed to be required for, "Donor parts," or "Research and Development," as your case is much more complicated than standard. Other 'scams' can include over charging for a new disk for data to be returned on, making an additional charge for the data to be copied to the HDD you provide for the return of data, or even charging upwards of £25 for a return courier fee.

Most reputable data recovery companies can provide you with an exact price of the cost of particular data recovery services. Do not accept vague price estimates before you send in your device. Make sure that you get a fixed quotation or price list sent to you by email, in advance, which covers all fees which a data recovery company may wish to make.

Before choosing any data recovery service CDR recommends potential customers to read the following article at "Data Recovery Report" on WayBackMachine. Please note that is a website based in the USA and is independent of CDR. However, many of our customers have found the information provided on this website as very useful. CDR's recommendation is that you ask any colleagues or friends for data recovery services which they have used personally and can recommend. Moreover, conduct searches on Google about any company you intend sending your device to and be sure to check past the first page of search results.

N.B. As of June, 2015, DataRecoveryReport appears to be offline, however the page can be viewed on the DataRecoveryReport WayBackMachine Internet archive.

No-fix, no-fee: Guaranteed.

All quotations include necessary donor parts and all work is on a 'no-recovery, no-fee basis'. That is, if we cannot recover data there are no charges made. There are never any diagnostic fees, or non-refundable charges, for RAIDs, servers, memory sticks, SSDs, or hard disk drives which have not been previously opened. Payment is only due after a file list is provided showing the data which has been recovered.

If at all possible please phone through on 0161 408 4857 to discuss the fault with your storage device. You will be able to speak to someone knowledgeable who works on the HDDs, SSDs and memory sticks and they should be able to give you a good idea of how your device has failed. It is also possible to arrange a free whilst-you-wait diagnostic test for your device. Once this is completed we can confirm the fault and which tier of pricing the recovery will be under.

Non-refundable fees.

CDR will never ask for any non-refundable fees for HDDs which have not been previously opened. Please view our full 'non-refundable fee' policy.

How quickly do you need your data?

We offer two levels of service at which the data recovery service can be completed. For details please see the "Time-scale of services" page.

Return of data.

If there is 20GB of less of recovered data then the data will be returned to by a secure download. The cost of this is included within any quotation. If you have more than 20GB of data it will be necessary to return your data on physical media. CDR can provide you with a new HDD or memory stick. Our up to date price list for return media is listed on the website. You are welcome to provide your own working return media hard disk drive or memory stick. If you do then there are no charges made for copying the recovered data to this device.

Data Recovery Case Studies
Too good to be true data recovery
Mark Metcalf
Mark Metcalf
09:59 13 Jan 20
The Communication around the likely issue, process and timing were clear and a great degree of comfort around the likely degree of success as a result of the discussions with John. Whilst there were... no key business documents, there were treasured family photos on the drive which have been fully recovered. Thanks for the support, and highly more
Ryszard Wolski
Ryszard Wolski
16:18 10 Jan 20
After having a Hard Drive on my laptop crash, I took it to a couple of local computer shops, but they couldn't retrieve the data. The drive wasn't responding after mechanical failure. After ringing... around many companies found on the internet, I was not inspired with confidence by the vague information and commitment on costs and recovery. It was a 'we'll see when we get it' scenario. I searched further and came across Cheadle Data Recovery. I spoke to John, the owner, who clearly explained all the scenarios and the only possible cost outcomes. John inspired me with confidence and the information on the website confirmed all he had told me, and that there would be no costs for no recovery. I sent the Hard Drive by courier and received a confirmation e-mail when it was received, thereon the communication was good and John was always available to speak to. A ticket was generated and e-mailed so that I was aware of the progress. The data I needed was recovered 100%. I sent an external hard drive, the recovered data was downloaded to it and it was sent back to me. The process was efficient and user friendly. I can recommend CDR highly, the prices were clear and there were no hidden costs, although it is generally a pricey endeavour, the costs were less than other quotes I received. So if you find you are unfortunate enough to find yourself needing these kind of services, you can trust your device in Johns more
Brian Eke
Brian Eke
15:39 07 Jan 20
Needed to recover a hard disk with head failure. Communication was excellent from the outset. Very pleased with the quality and efficiency of CDR's service. Highly recommended
Anthony Smith
Anthony Smith
15:16 06 Jan 20
Completely agree with all the other reviews here. Disastrous spillage over my Apple laptop but John got back everything I needed (and more actually). Couldn't believe he wasn't going to charge if he... didn't succeed but goes to show how excellent at his job he is. An industry expert – can't recommend highly more
Gary Bibby
Gary Bibby
12:23 06 Jan 20
I lost 8 years worth of photography (my own doing) from my NAS drive, I could see no files on the drive at all. I made an appointment to meet with John who talked me calmly through the process. John... also reassured me that there would be no fee if the data was not recovered. Days later I went back to John to pick up my NAS. Arriving home I then checked the NAS drive, ALL my 8 years worth of photography data was fully recovered. So grateful to John and would highly recommend him if you are looking to recover any type of more