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Anyone familiar with data recovery?

A few months ago I had a SATA Seagate hard drive crap out on me. It was at least 3 years old. I had checked on their website and I recall the model # I entered is out of warranty. When the drive first started giving me problems, I dled a program called Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional. With it I was able to explore the drive and it appeared that I had the option of recovering some files on it. However, at that time I didn't have 60 gigs of free hard drive space to recover the files to (the only drive that had that space was the one giving me the problems!).

Now that I have a new hard drive to store the recovered files on and a 2nd SATA power cable to run both the new and old drives on the same system, I can't get the damaged drive to load on my system. I have a feeling that this is due to how badly it has become damaged from windows' automatic running of scandisk on this drive during past startups.

On the plus side, I haven't noticed any clicks or grinding coming from it which leads me to believe the problem may be just logical damage on the drive and not physical.

So does anyone have any advice on how to get my system to recognize the drive again so I can utilize the recovery program that I have? I understand that I may have to resort to data recovery professionals, so I this winds up being my case, does anyone recommend any in particular? Also, if I take the professional recovery rout, what prices should I expect to pay?


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