Failed hard disk - pls help

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Failed hard disk - pls help
Dec 7, 2009

I have a WD 500gb harddisk (in enclosure) and it has all the photos I took since 2004...around 300Gb of them. The harddisk is just 2 years old and now it failed.

Last week, I can still see the access light flashing and see a drive letter assigned to it in window explorer.

In the last two days, it has worsen, the access light is now not flashing and the computer can no longer detect the pressence of the disk.

I do not have any backup (I'm one of those who think a harddisk could last a lifetime as long as I don't abuse it). I am not a professional photog and the photos have no commercial values, but they are all my and my family's memories.

I did a search and there are companies that do hard disk recovery but I heard they cost a fortune.

Are there any other options?

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