It sounds like you may misunderstand this forum. We don't provide an estimate.
I apologize if you feel insulted by my questions and want to make it clear that I meant no disrespect nor was I attempting to perpetrate some predatory marketing technique to part you from your money.
Sir, you are infinitely more diplomatic in your reply than I ever could be. Kudos.
EDIT: As to the original post: I use Easis recovery. You can download a free trial and see if it discovers anything. If a software solution doesn't find anything then you are looking at a hardware problem. hardware problems are in 2 classes- controller board, and internal mechanical. Control boards are an easy swap, but.......you almost always have to have the exact controller board with the same firmware for it to work reliably. Finding the exact board without having a stockpile of hundreds of drives is difficult to impossible. If it is an internal problem, difficulty and price skyrocket. Sometimes actuators hang up in the park position, sometimes platter motors die, sometimes heads crash. Single platter hard drives are easier to work on than multi platter drives. Multiplatter drives require a jig to maintain platter alignment during a swap. In reality, internal hard drive problems are "expert only" which is why prices are so high. If you mess with it yourself, you have a better than 50-50 chance of screwing it up beyond any recovery option (excepting CIA/NSA). So far I have sent 2 (I think) customer hard drives for recovery and the cost averaged about $700 each.
Edited by dpunisher, 07 November 2012 - 01:29 PM.
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