I will most certainly find this feature helpful. I'm also interested in the HFS+ file mask features, but as I understand it, this is only available if you also purchase the network add-on (at first I thought I had the network add-on, but I think it requires a different/separate version of DRE or something).
The network add-on is a quick firmware update to the DDI box. You can contact Serge about pricing...it is well worth it. But, in the mean time, you can simply take the clone to a system with DRE on it and make the selections there. Once you save our selection, you then reconnect the clone to the DDI box and mirror selected data.
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This likely freed up the heads, but might have caused the sliders to tear off the head arms, the surface to get scratched and the project may now be completely unrecoverable. If the client is not willing to spend a few hundred dollars to get their data recovered by a lab who can handle such cases, it might be worth the attempt. But, it has to be made very clear...it is a last ditch effort, with a very low chance of success. There is no turning back after it is done.
Unfortunately I am doubtful I'll be able to do much else with this particular drive and will probably outsource its recovery. I will ask the customer their price range and, at worst, isn't this the sort of issue that a 24-hour stay in the refrigerator might be able to help with? The DIY methods sound so inelegant... heh!
The way I understand it, it probably wouldn't jeopardize further chances of recovery too much even if it was attempted. Someone please correct me if I am mistaken here
As I just said, you should have given the lab option first. Now the price is going to be a lot higher and the odds of success are going to be a lot lower.
For the benefit of everyone who might be reading this. Taking unnecessary risks with your client's data without informing them of the risks could result in their seeking legal action against you. Just because you say, "not responsible for data loss" does not mean that you aren't. So, be sure to be clear on all the options for your client and the risks with each of them. Know your limitations and don't be scared to admit them.