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If there is minimal damage to the drive do you think there is a chance I can retrieve the data?? I know it will cost $$$$ but it will be worth it to me!!!

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Try freezing the drive overnight. If your computer still does not recognize the drive after you try this, there is nothing you can do on your own. You will need to take the drive to a specialist . Basically what they'll do is take the drive apart and read the data off the discs in a highly sterilized clean room.

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