We tried some low cost and non-invasive ways of recovering the data, but as it turns out, the mechanics are broken and it is very complex to recover. I am going ahead with a vendor to attempt to recover the data. The vendor has evaluated the drive and has quoted $2400 for the repair and recovery of data. In addition to the cost of repair, we bought Steve a new External Storage drive which can hold double what he currently has stored and is automatically backed up on a redudundant drive at all times. The product link is below.
In total we will have spent a little over $3000 to recover the existing photos and get him setup with a proper local archive. We are looking for your help to recover most of the costs ($2750), that being said whatever help you can provide is much appreciated and we are just happy to make sure Steve keeps snapping photos and recording our memories.
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