external hardrive dead

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redux13

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external hard drive help

Hi.

My external hard drive died a few days ago. It was working fine, and suddenly, it wouldnt connect and wasnt showing up on the network. I realize this probably wasnt the best thing to do, but we took it apart to try to put the harddisks into the same model, as a final effort to recover some of the data. That didnt work, and the disk appear to be scratched slightly. I know with the scratches and the taking apart deal that my data is probably lost forever, but I'm wondering if there is any hope of recovery. It was stupid of me to put all my data (2 years of pictures) onto the disk drive without backing up (I am kicking myself), but im pleaing for any advice or possible recovery methods??
 

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yes, it's possible to recover your data on a dead drive. but it usually isn't cheap.
it involves taking the hard drive to a lab, where they physically take the disk platters out and read what's on them

look up a hard drive data recovery specialist, and find out roughtly what they charge. then you'll just have to decide for yourself whether it's worth the cost
 

redux13

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Is this method usually succesful? The hard disks have been removed from the driver and are exposed. also they are scratched, would this mean it most likely wouldnt be successful?
 
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