Well, the exact price depends:
(a) the exact damage
(b) the company that does it
All you can do: ask a few different companies for an estimate.
Not having a backup of files you don't want to lose is not a good idea. And since it's well known that external disks are rather unreliable, having your only copy on an external disk is an even worse idea than having it on an internal hard disk. What we recommend: original on external hard disk, two backup copies on different devices, preferably one of them on another location.
And yes, recovery can be quite expensive. But usually cheaper than making them all from scratch again. Let me see: 100 hours work for 50 dollar an hour is 5.000 dollar. That makes recovery cheap.
Hi, my external verbatim had fell off of my PC today and now won't show up on the PC.
When plugged in the lights all come on but it makes about 6 clicks then stops.
My googling shows it's probably not good, I need to recover all the files as its all work related and a complete disaster.
What's my cheapest options as I have looked at $2500 prices online