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
Jamall Nasir
Jamall Nasir
17:19 13 Mar 20
I cannot recommend Cheadle Data Recovery and Dr John Reid highly enough. You will be hard placed to find a more responsible, professional and thoroughly honest evaluation for your data recovery. ... Unfortunately in my case it wasn't possible to recover the data through no fault of John and his company. I had previously sent my internal hdd which had simply failed and not suffered any physical damage to a company who are 'prominent' in the data recovery 'field'. They claimed they could recover my data but at an exorbitant cost. I refused and had my hdd returned. I then sent it to John who on opening sent me the picture below. Remember the hdd had just failed and had not suffered any physical abuse. The picture and John's assessment clearly showed that the platter had been subjected to horrendous scratching and mishandling. John gave me a comprehensive explanation and an honest evaluation spending some time on my disk. As per Cheadle's claim there was no recovery so no charge even after the effort John had put into communicating with me. Don't risk it - go to Cheadle Data Recovery more
Jon Wright
Jon Wright
19:27 10 Mar 20
I had been to two different high street computer repair shops before I found out about this company. Neither of the repair shops could recover any of the data I needed from my corrupted hard drive.... John at Cheadle DATA Recovery explained the process of recovery very clearly and managed to retrieve everything I needed. Not cheap, but definitely worth it for great more
12:17 10 Mar 20
Great service and kept us updated along the way, would highly recommend. They recovered all the data apart from a couple of corrupted pictures so couldn't of asked for more. hopefully will never have... to use again but will be the first point of call if needed. Thank youread more
James McPhail
James McPhail
14:02 10 Feb 20
John was able to perform a full recovery on all of my data from a 250gb SeaGate hard drive from 2004 after the power input was exceeded by a 20v laptop charger.As a result I was able to maintain... every single file on the hard drive when a number of other data recovery companies said a full recovery was unlikely.I was dealt with promptly, with courtesy and in a very professional manner by John and would HIGHLY recommend his services!Many thanks once again for assisting me in keeping hold of many cherished files from my childhood.Kind regardsJames McPhailread more

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