cheap(er) headstack replacement advice on hard disk

Hi, I have a 3.5 inch Toshiba STOR.E ALU 2S USB 3.0  1-terabyte hard disk. Like a numpty, I turned it off at the mains whilst the disk was still on. Now I have the click of death. I have sent it off to a data recovery lab, who said what it needs is a head stack replacement and quoted me £600. Now if I get a donor disk myself, is there not a cheaper way to do the job? When I look at youtube videos there are plenty advocating doing it yourself!

I would prefer not to do it myself and was hoping there are enthusiasts who would attempt this and at a lower cost to the above, if I supply donor disk and a new disk to put the recovered data on. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work and I would still be happy to pay. Can anybody put me in touch with any enthusiast(s) so I could pursue this? I'm based in UK but would be happy to send to say USA if there was going to be a cost saving.

Or failing that, has anybody tried sending off a disk to say India, where it would surely, just by exchange rate differences, be a lot cheaper? Again, any recommendations/links would be most welcome.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
RupertAAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Forget it. To do it yourself you need 1) a clean lab 2) experience
I would also not let some enthusiasts do this if the data is important.
Check if you can get it cheaper by www.gillware.com 
But frankly speaking usually the data recovery costs go over $$$$.
What you can do is open the USB case, connect the drive directly to a free SATA port on your PC and try to browse the data from it. This was actually what you need to do.
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nobusCommented:
since it is an usb drive  - you can take the drive out of the usb case probably, and test it on another PC
it strikes me as strange that the click of death occurred from turning it off on the AC...
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RupertAAuthor Commented:
Hi guys, yeah I did do the unplugging and put into onto a free SATA port on another PC. The drive is definitely not working and the professional diagnostics tell me I need a head stack replacement carrying out. Thanks.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Then let them do it. Not some enthusiast or "good friend who knows himself in computers" but a professional recovery service. If you want to make it cheaper - you can buy yourself a donor drive and offer it to the recovery service. Still, the data recovery is expensive thing, unfortunately. Thus backup backup and backup.
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RupertAAuthor Commented:
yep, boy I am kicking myself about not backing that disk up onto another disk. It has my entire life's' music collection as mp3 as well as a lot of other things.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I am sorry to hear about it. I've burnt my fingers as well once the same way. My university diploma thesis which I had in a single copy on internal drive. And no backup :) This was the first and last time I used recovery service. Since then - everything is being backed up.
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nobusCommented:
i also say use the recovery service; but if you are willing to risk loosing all, you can try to do it yourself
note that this is not intended to have an 100% operational drive - only for getting the data off
what model is the disk ?
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RupertAAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks guys for your views.
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