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I unknowingly removed a 250gb external drive (2.5") while it was being accessed and now it no longer works, tried photorec/testdisk, no luck. Its no longer being recognised as a drive.

Considering data recovery companies to send it to, but they charge about $300 (minimum). I am willing to shell out as some things on there are somewhat important, but is there realistically any chance these companies will be able to recover much?

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what file system? if its NTFS, tried force-mounting it on linux? –  Journeyman Geek Oct 10 '11 at 1:54
    
How was it connected? Is it in an enclosure? –  Moab Oct 10 '11 at 3:34
    
it was NTFS. connected in a caddy/enclosure. I have not yet tried gparted, i guess that is the next logical step. –  warsong Oct 10 '11 at 16:09
    
Don't know if i have NTFS to thank, or just the solid build of the toshiba drive but 1 day later, it magically returned to life. Still waiting to see whether it now grows fangs and develops a taste for blood. –  warsong Oct 11 '11 at 12:44
    
well it got worse again after the miraculous recovery. had to resort to the freezer trick, which worked perfectly. –  warsong Oct 13 '11 at 18:40

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used the freezer trick after experiencing the click of death, worked for long enough to allow me to recover all files, I would recommend the freezer trick any time. 2 hours in the freezer, in a couple of ziplock bags. when you take it back out, make sure the connectors are dry (use a dry towel). it should boot up in Win/Linux/whatever.

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