The situation,, i have one of those small ext drives that runs off of computer power via USB. i think its some sort of Western Digital or WD something or other, about as big as a wallet.
anyway, i plugged it in yesterday to the computer and all that i got was the little light on the unit blinking.. i could hear stuff gong on as if it was powered, but no recognition by the computer.
Took to Best buy today to see if they had a recovery option.. they wanted a deposit of 250. and basically nothing other than we will get the data but no guarantee of anteing other than you will spend AT least 250.
Does anyone have experience with other legit drive recovery companies...i don't know the extent of dmg, if any, computer just won't recognize,
Any thoughts, recommendation or prior experience would be sincerely appreciated
First, take PeterAit's suggestion about the external drive doc and try the drive that way. If possible try it with another computer as well. Second, if you do need a data recovery service, use a reputable one such as Kroll Ontrack (www.krollontrack.com
). Don't put your data in the hands of a $9.00 tech at a big box store.
Third, do you have backups? If so, before you do anything with the failed drive, restore your most current backup to a new drive and verify that you have recovered your data.