I have an external back up hard drive. It is a 3.5 inch, Toshiba STOR.E ALU 2S USB 3.0 1 terabyte. It needs its own separate power adaptor, it does not take power from the USB port.
Anyway, it has all been fine, no bad sectors, no problems, perfect hassle free performance. However last night I had an upset with it. It was powered on but not plugged into a computer so data was not being read. I pulled the plug out of the wall, thinking the plug was for something else, whilst the disk was still turned on. I didn't think this would be too bad, I was wrong. When I plugged it back in, the following clicking noise started that I have recorded below with good accuracy. It also now is not recognised by my windows 8 computer.
So, is there anything realistic I can try? If not, can anybody recommend a data recovery company in the UK or a person who could extract the data for me or repair the disk? This is personal use, not business, so was hoping to not spend the earth on it. For data recovery I was hoping for something like £110 or so (excluding the cost of new disk). Or am I being naive and the likely cost is a small fortune?
There is about 700mb of data on the disk.
My audio recording of the clicking hard disk