A year ago my PC broke and the hard drive crashed. I lost everything. But then my dad paid one of his "friends" who fixes computers to help out. This guy did manage to get me a new hard drive and installed it and everything BUT part of the deal was that he will put my photos that he managed to recover on a disc or usb and give it to me. It's a YEAR later and I still don't have it. I contacted him 2 months ago and he basically admitted to having it and kept making up BS excuses for why he hasn't been able to give it. He made arrangements and said he'll give it and wasn't aware that I haven't received it but he has yet to reply to me saying when I'll actually get it back now. I'm REALLY frustrated. Asking my dad doesn't help shit as he doesn't do anything.
I know my university offers free legal aid so I want to know if i can press some kind of charges to get them back. I don't have proof that we paid him to do it though unfortunately as it was a year ago BUT I do have proof of him saying he thought I had the photos already and that he'll give them to me and of him making supposed arrangements for it. I have all that on email.
These photos are literally all my memories from 13-18. I really feel sad at the idea of never seeing them again :(
Thank you everyone.
Most Helpful Guy
When it comes to drive failure there is literally a 1 - 2% chance of recovery by a standard IT person. I have been working in Enterprise class IT for 10 years and its really hard for someone like me to do it. His best bet if he couldn't recover is to send it off to a company that specializes in it, that having been said that sort of thing costs per minute. The average cost depending on size, say 2 GB of photos would be close to around 3 - 5 thousand dollars. My own rate for doing any kind of data recovery is 1200 an hour.
Hopefully you are getting a picture here. He probably couldn't do it. If the drive its self was failed that is.
As for the legal action part. If there was no written contract that was witnessed, and depending on your state notarized, you have literally no legal leg to stand on. i am really sorry for your loss, but you are likely never going to be able to get them back.. This is why i always recommend to my customers to back up your data frequently.
Again i am sorry.0
Most Helpful Girl
he probably couldnt save them thats why you really need to rethink your shit when you have the only copy of something on your computer instead in a physical form or on a flash drive0