I bought an NAS to use as my primary file storage to share between multiple computers. A Western Digital NetCenter 500 GB drive. After about 9 months, one day the drive started clicking every time I accessed it. It worked partially, but kept crashing and needed reboot. After about a week of this, it stopped working all together and Windows stopped recognizing the network drive.
I hoped it was the NAS enclosure, so I took it apart to get to the SATA drive inside. Attached the drive to a external USB enclosure, but no success.
Then I took it to a local Data Recovery company for a free evaluation. They told me I had a Logical Failure and a Bad HDA. They want quite a bit of money to recover the data onto a new drive. After doing some web research and searching EE, it sounds like I'm screwed and will have to pay up to recover the data.
In your guy's experience, what is a resonable cost to recover a drive from a Bad HDA? The data if very important to me, but I don't want to get ripped off.
Thank you in advance!