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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:44 AM
Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:20 PM
The data may or may not be recoverable; may be expensive or free; depends on what the repair tech did to check it out. If the HDD is not accessible at all, then it would be very expensive ($200-1000).
If the laptop is still under warranty then it can be fixed under that, with the proviso that the damaged hard drive is returned to you. You could buy an IDE/SATA to USB adapter (around $15) and connect the drive to another PC via USB. If the drive is not completely shot, you (or a tech) may be able to retrieve your files. If the laptop was out of warranty then you would take out the drive and try to recover data first. If the repair tech was conscientious(?), they would have tried something like this already.
You may also be able to recover data booting from a Linux disk. I don't care for that method if you haven't used it before (it's another headache) but it saves messing around with hardware.
Edited by Nanobyte, 17 February 2013 - 12:23 PM.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:36 PM
Some programs that you may try, after slaving the hard drive to another computer:
Partition Find and Mount — free partition recovery software - http://findandmount.com/
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download - http://www.piriform.com/recuva
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