I'm no hardware guy, I still think that disks employ little elves running very fast among large filing cabinets.
There are service that will recover your hard dirve for somewhere between $300 and $1,200. Sorry to drop that on you but they usually succeed. It's a mechanical problem normally, and they can remove the medium and install it on a new transport medium, as long as the read-write head hasn't taken a nosedive into the surface and destroyed it. More likely, some gear popped out and the disk wobbles rather than spins. Or they just need to plug something in. They're like auto mechanics, you never know whether to trust them -- maybe they just spent 15 minutes and charged you $500. Still, it's a lifesaver.
Maybe you can send it to India somewhere and they'll do the same for a fraction of the cost.
Or you could spend a few days learning how to do this yourself, buy hundreds of dollars in necessary parts, and probably screw things up even worse.
Edited by garmanma, 11 August 2009 - 05:55 PM.
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