Originally Posted by brinks
It will cost about $400-$1000 to recover the data. It's just not worth it to recover unless it's worth more then that.
You can try the freezer trick, stick your hard drive into a bag and put it into the freezer. Then quickly plug it back up. If it does work, you will probably only have a brief moment for you to copy the data off so have everything ready.
I've never put in a HD so I don't think that would work with the freezer but I may just try it. Alright I thought as much. That really sucks though considering he has all of those pictures on it.
So if I had to guess it sounds like something went wrong making the HD spin as opposed to it burning out or something like that. In that case shouldn't it be as simple as putting the disc into a compatible hard drive to read it? I'm hardly an expert on the topic but that seems like the case.