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Possible data recovery from damaged HDD?

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Hey guys, I know its a long shot but I'm trying everything to get some stuff off of an external HDD that was knocked off an end table.
I have already removed the drive from the external enclosure and placed the drive inside his PC but it wouldn't show up. I could hear the drive power up though. Any idea's at all? He didn't listen well when I gave him the advice to back up his important info and just left it all on the external. Now he's almost ready to have a breakdown. Somewhat funny.. If he had only listened...
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If the hdd is dead, I don't think there is really any easy way to recover data without sending it in to a recovery specialist who will charge and arm and a leg with varying degrees. It isnt an easy thing to fix depending on what broke.

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If it was unimportant data it might just be a lesson learned the hard way.
 
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If the hdd is dead, I don't think there is really any easy way to recover data without sending it in to a recovery specialist who will charge and arm and a leg with varying degrees. It isnt an easy thing to fix depending on what broke.

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If it was unimportant data it might just be a lesson learned the hard way.

its some pretty important stuff. MicroCenter wan'ts $100 to try. He's worried about letting "just anybody" have access to the drive. Thanks for the input.
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post #4 of 6
He's right to be concerned about letting just anyone try-

Contact a pro, then send it to a pro.
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Try to see if it boots of a Linux Ubuntu system . It has worked for me once.
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Try partition wizard. If it is powering up and you don't hear scratching sounds, then partition wizard should see it (or at least it works for me) smile.gif
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