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PC data recovery hardware or sofware ?

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qassam22222
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PC data recovery hardware or sofware ?

Post Posted: Apr 02, 18 10:14

hey all ...
i need advice ... there is a lot of product's in the market for PC forensic & data recovery ...
i will buy PC-3000 and i need more hardware and software for Integrated laboratory !!
can u advice me what to buy for both hard and soft solutions Smile
thanks  
 
  

Igor_Michailov
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Re: PC data recovery hardware or sofware ?

Post Posted: Apr 02, 18 10:24

Do you have a lot of money? Laughing

You can buy:
PC-3000 Express & Data Extractor Express
PC-3000 Express & Data Extractor RAID Edition
PC-3000 SSD
PC-3000 Flach
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qassam22222
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Re: PC data recovery hardware or sofware ?

Post Posted: Apr 02, 18 13:23

- Igor_Michailov
Do you have a lot of money? Laughing

You can buy:
PC-3000 Express & Data Extractor Express
PC-3000 Express & Data Extractor RAID Edition
PC-3000 SSD
PC-3000 Flach
....

IS there any other product from other company ( hardware and software ) what is the best software for exctract data from windows and linux dd images ? I have money to buy 2 more hardware solution and 1 software  
 
  

c.wawrentowicz
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Re: PC data recovery hardware or sofware ?

Post Posted: Apr 02, 18 14:23

I use R-Studio  
 
  

jaclaz
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Re: PC data recovery hardware or sofware ?

Post Posted: Apr 02, 18 15:41

I use DMDE.

jaclaz
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JaredDM
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Re: PC data recovery hardware or sofware ?

Post Posted: Apr 02, 18 15:57

PC-3000 is definitely the hardware/software solution you'll need for hardware level data recovery of failed hard drives. However, don't fool yourself into thinking that it's a push-button solution. Plan on at least a 5-10 year learning curve during which time most of your profit may be going to pay for remote support to a skilled professional. And, that's assuming you're a really smart guy or have some really smart guys working for you. Many people just wash out of this business in the first year of two when they realize how over their heads they are (and when they realize it's not all profit despite being a business where you can charge a fairly high price tag).

To even attempt getting started I estimate you'll need around $50,000 to invest upfront, and the first two or three years you'll need to dump most of the proceeds into further equipment/software to fill in the gaps in the types of recovery you have the equipment for. There is no way you'll turn a profit for at least that long.

Some bare minimum requirements to get started:

PC-3000 UDMA (or Express if you want to be able to do more recoveries at once)
Data Extractor Software for PC-3000
HEPA or ULPA filtered clean hood meeting at least ISO 5 standard (these filters alone are around $400/ea not counting the $3-5K to buy the hood)
ESD mats, wrist straps, etc.
Read/write head separators, ramp sets, combs, etc. (plan on around $3-5K worth of these to start)
Tons of small tools (e.g. torx drivers, pentalobe drivers, etc. etc. etc.)
Workbenches
Testing equipment multimeters, etc.
Soldering / SMD Rework Equipment (& skills)
Flash Programming Equipment
Computers (high spec ones with tons and tons of RAM) - my current PC-3000 machine cost around $5K not counting the PC-3000 itself.
Access to hundreds if not thousands of hard drives and PCBs
Hundreds of different adapters, cables, connectors, power supplies, etc.
Mass amounts of temporary storage for hard drive clones/images (I've currently got 96Tb of DAS on my PC3K machine and it's still not enough some weeks)
Software, and lots of it.
You'll need some Windows machines, some Linux, and at least one bonafide Mac.

Some software titles you'll need:
R-Studio Technician
Recovery Explorer Technician
Data Rescue 4 or 5
MacDrive Professional
WinHex or X-Ways Forensics
ReclaimePro
GetDataBack
CnWRecovery
and several hundred other programs and utilities that can do certain odd things you'll eventually need.

Then, if you want to actually get any clients, you'll need a powerful website with amazing SEO work done to it on a regular basis. This business has become crazy competitive online and to even compete in your local market will be tough when you see what you're facing for national competition for keywords. You'll need a strong advertising budget, possibly sales staff and support staff to allow the technician(s) undisturbed working time.

That's just to get started with HDD recovery. If you want to add Flash or SSD into the mix, you can start multiplying these costs.

I started my data recovery company in 2011 and I'd say I've easily invested $200K into it. That's not even counting the monthly overhead like rent, utilities, staff, etc.

But, today my business is turning a decent profit.
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RolfGutmann
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Re: PC data recovery hardware or sofware ?

Post Posted: Apr 02, 18 19:33

Highly detailled post. Thank you Jared.  
 

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