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.