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How can I get the heads for the hard drive? or the manual for instructions? I want to replace the heads in order to recover the data.

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You will first need a 100% clean room and one of those white jumpsuits. Honestly you will definitely ruin your data if you try it yourself. Usually certified places charge 1000$ to 2000$ to do it. I know Ontrack Data Recovery is pretty reputable business if you want to get it done.

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