I have an external hard drive which is no longer being picked up/read by Windows (although it appears in Device Manager). It contains mostly media files (.jpg, .mov, .mp4).
I downloaded a trial version of some EaseUS recovery software which ran a deep scan. The results bring up a series of very large .swf files. I'm reluctant to purchase the full version of the EaseUS software without knowing if I can convert the .swf files somehow, and if so, how.
I'm a total novice when it comes to data recovery so it is tempting to pay someone else to do it. But based on a quote I just got from someone in Sydney, Australia (where I live), that looks like it could set me back A$175-600.
The hard drive is valuable to me (backed up photos and family movies - made more valuable my laptop having died a few weeks ago too) but that seems a lot of money. Any ideas on what the options are for doing the recovery myself? I appreciate that may not be an easy question to answer without more information- happy to provide any relevant info I have missed!