I then tried rebooting a couple of times, but the computer came back with “unable to find boot disk” (or something similar). During the two attempted boot ups, I heard the unmistakable clunking / chattering as the drive attempted to access data. Based upon what I have read, this means that the issue is with the heads themselves.
Thanks in advance,
1. Does anybody know if it is possible to recover the data on this drive ? I did weekly backups of the important personal stuff (family photos, bills, etc.), but I did not backup my 250 gigs of transferred Replaytv Shows. So the main interest here is to recover the Replaytv shows.
2. Anybody know of any reasonable cost data recovery services ?
3. Since this drive contains relatively sensitive personal data, should I just forgo the WD warranty and eat the cost of a new drive ? Or should I go ahead and send it back to WD ? (I am going to call WD on this issue as I have heard that you can obtain a wavier on sending the drive back if it contains sensitive data).
4. Any tricks that I should try before sending the drive out ? I am going to try the freezer trick. If that works at all (like for five minute before the drive warms up), then I will see if I can rig a cooler to stick the drive in while still connected to the PC.