Ive got a 12" powerbook with a crashed HD here (and optical disk). I tried to target disk, usb enclosure, freezing the hd, etc. to get the data off it. No go. Does anyone know what place is good for affordable data recovery? No back ups here (its not my PB) and its has lots of valuable data.
Maestro, whats the drive doing? IE, is it spinning, etc? if its spinning, then you can try and put pressure on the case, to slow the spindle motor down, and allow it to access. (I've had luck with c clamps) Likewise, if the heads arent moving, you can give it a couple good shakes to the left and right to free up the swing-arm, should the problem be stiction.
Just a couple ideas to try, since you've got it out of the case already
Electricity tastes good. No, seriously.
the price of recovery is why i pay extra for "intellectual data loss" on my home owners insurance. if you have homeowners/renters insurance you might give them a call and find out if you are covered...
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Thanks for the replies guys! I have found one place that is around 400 bucks which is what I think is affordable, at least for whats on the drive. Lots of good ideas to try out first though. I will let you know how it goes.
By the way, I am working on my new iMac at work, its sweet!
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