I thought finally a clever soul invented a casing where you just need to drop in the hd cylinder and it'd recognize it, and restore the drive on another drive...
I guess that's what manufacturers don't want to do, when they can get upto a few thousands of bucks for it!
Technically it should be a matter of taking out the cylinder/platters, and installing them in a similar drive,then copying the data to another drive.
In other words, the price of the harddrive, + shipping + 2 hours of work (since the time of copy usually noone needs to attend the drive). In other words, a drive for $100, + $25 shipping and handling, and $50 max for copying the data = $175 for recovery!
$500-$3500 is just absurd. They invest in dust free rooms for the hd, but in real fact, the hd has a hole in it the size of a screw that could absorb dust.
For the average joe signing a contract that the company can not be sued when no data could be extracted, that has all his fav movs downloaded on the drive, $175 is a much more feasible fee!