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Hard drive failure - what next?
Hey guys, haven't posted in a while but I would appreciate the help.
Yesterday afternoon I was on my desktop when it just happened to slow to a crawl. Sound went all distorted, became unusable, etc. I hard restarted and at POST it tells me it can't boot from a CD. Upon further inspection I saw it hadn't detected my hard drive, so I reset the CMOS, restarted my computer and set the boot order. This time it found the drive, only to greet me with "Disk read/write error".
So. I've taken it to my parents house, where they have a USB drive enclosure, and plugging it in doesn't work. Platters aren't spinning. So the drive is dead mechanically.
What's my next step? Do I take it somewhere for repair? Do I jump straight to data recovery? I was looking at prices for data recovery in Vancouver and not only were they mostly geared towards corporate customers but good god were they astronomical. I can afford a few hundred bucks, but not something in the four digits.
Anyway, if anyone could offer any help it'd be most appreciated. The drive is a 500 gb Seagate Barracuda. Running Windows 7. About 3 years old.