Tragic accident. The electronic board that's mounted to the hard drive is all gunked up, but the top of the drive didn't appear to get wet, nor the small pressure hole.
Using an external PATA mount, it doesn't appear that the drive is powering up at all. No whirrs, clicks, beeps, anything. I'm hoping that just the controller board is fried and that the platters with the data is fine.
The contents of the drive are pictures/music/emails from a family laptop.
What are my options? Should I have it professionally restored by a service? Does anybody have experience with any of these services? I'm pretty tech savvy although no experience with this sort of data recovery.
It might be worth mentioning that the general location of said hard drive is Minneapolis, MN.