A couple of years ago, I fried my external Maxtor One Touch 120gb drive by plugging in the wrong plug. I could smell the board being burned up. Anyway, it is obviously no longer operational but I feel confidient that all my data is still on the platters. I have some valuable pictures on it but I decided long ago that I'm NOT paying $500 or more to have the data recovered.
Instead, I am considering swapping out the platters from the dead drive to a working drive. I found one site in which a guy successfully did this but his instructions were vague. Do any of you have experience with doing this or can you direct me to a set of instructions?