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Does anyone here of a computer minded way know if it is possible to recover information from damaged hard drives? My water heater has been leaking and caused a split in the ceiling above my pc area soaking my monitor, p.c and two of my external hard drives! my home insurence covers the repairs and the damage to my electricals but obviously I loose all my data... I'm way peeved off all my children's baby vids and photos etc were on my main hard disk and my back up (which) I normally keep srperate had all my you tube stuff on... is there any way I could somehow dry them out or something? .....
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I can answer your question but your not going to like it. Yes you can recover your data, but it is very and I mean very expensive depending if they will have to remove your platters. There are several services that you can send them. When I looked into this a few years ago I was quoted prices any were from 800$ up to a couple grand. My data was not worth it, and that's what you need to decide, and they're is no guarantee it will be recovered at all. I was there and now I run triple redundancy and a separate external. Sorry!
Are the hard drives toast?
If the drives were not powered up you may be in luck. I have blown or dried all the moisture I could see then placed them in a bowl of white rice. You may laugh but this is also a tip for cell phones dropped in the toilet. It may take a week to dry since they are sealed very well, but this should have let very little moisture inside them.
open the drives, remove actual hard-drive, let it dry, hook up to computer, get data.
If they were not powered, its probably still working just fine
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There's a non-negligble possibility that what orcrender said may work, but 8 times in 10 your only option is what brockfnsamson posted.
Ok I took the Maxtor hard drive to a laptop repair shop the fellow behind the desk said he does not do this kind of repair but for no charge he will try see if he can open it up and get something back.... Sadly the drive would not respond and I have lost that data
that was my youtube drive... My other external hard drive was still dripping wet so I have wrote that one of before I try. The small good news is my p.c internal hard drives seem ok I have hooked them up to my old p.c and they power up I have no idea how to use them but my work collegue says he can transfer the information off them onto any new p.c I buy which is good news, I dont loose all my childrens videos etc and my insurence are coming out monday to have a look at the damage so I can claim my three month old p.c off them...
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Ok, this post isnt about data recovery, but rather an uninterruptible power supply for a PC setup. This seemed a like a viable home for the post, rather than starting a new thread.

So my APC died a few days ago, during the latest blackout. Frustrated, I upgraded to a better unit (APC XS-1300g) that offered 50 mins of reserve power for my setup. Then, on a whim, I developed a way to greatly boost the reserve capacity of my APC setups.

Protected Setup #1: PC+Monitor+Modem on APC-1300, plus assorted peripherals on surge only protection.
Protected Setup #2: TV+Cablebox on APC-550, plus DVD, VHS and PS3 on surge only protection. APC corp is sending me a free warrantee replacement XS-1300 for the XS-800 that failed, which will be a nice improvement.

My supplemental rig:
* 55 AH (amp hours) Superduty Sealed Marine Gel Battery, with carry handle.
* Portable 2-outlet 400w inverter

By itself, Setup #1 only has around 50 mins on the APC-1300, which houses a small 7 AH battery. HOWEVER, in the event of an extended blackout, I can hook the inverter to the marine battery, change the sensitivity on the APC from high to low, and then unplug the APC from the wall and plug it into the inverter. The APC then switches from discharge mode to recharge mode, and will run for at least 7-8 hours (probably longer) off the marine battery ... when that give out, the fully recharged APC will run for another 50 mins before going though auto-shutdown. The same rig can be used to run the TV for nearly the same amount of time.

It'd be nice if I could afford a $10k whole-house reserve generator fired by natural gas, but that's way out of my price range. The $200 gel battery (which I already owned and was collecting dust) and $30 inverter will have to do.

End of digression ...
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I have a Diesel genset the size of a 20 foot shipping container in my apartment building that serves only 20 apartments. I think there's also battery banks to bridge the startup. I do need a UPS, maybe I can find one that sits in a spare HDD bay.
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