I am facing a hard disk nightmare, one faulting due to electrical problems (due to a bad power supply) and the other has a tragic case of magically vanished partitions (most likely recoverable). I think i have made a backup on a cd, but as Murphys law always prevails .. it seems to have vanished.
In the good old days when hard disks crashed the authorized people generally repaired and returned them, which gave u a good chance of recovering ur data. Worse the newer hard disks are more fragile and tend to fault much more easily, thanks in part to falling costs , the made in China tag or/and to the capacity addition in the same platter size.
Gone are those days. These days generally they are directly replaced by the warrenty providers, especially if it is a western digital, which means you can very well say goodbye to recovering any data you have.
A casual phone call to the authorized data recovery firm gave me quite a shock. The cost for data recovery starts from a casual Rs 9000 (3 times the hard disk cost) to a whopping 27000 with which u could shop for a brand new pc. Sadly any third party repair voids ones warranty but does one really have any other option?
Moral of this rant ..
It is vitally essential that one backs up their important data.
and more important to keep the backed up data cd properly.