If you aren't going to bother describing the full symptoms of the drive, how can you expect us to help diagnose them? Please tell us exactly what the drive was doing when you first received it? Is it clicking? Does it spin down? What shows in the terminal log?
1. if the drive doesn't need a head change, there is absolutely no reason why it would be a 4 figure number to recover by a professional. In fact, it should be less than $500...that said, it doesn't appear to be such a simple case 2. if a Seagate drive clicks and then spins down, it means that the h...
when compared to the drill press, it isn't much different in effort...2.5" drives are stupid simple. Some models of desktop drives are a bit tougher. But, they'd both be a breeze with the hard drive crusher I linked to above.
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