You've all by now seen my tag about 'Backup(Backup(Your backups)). Well, here's a real-life scenario:
My friend, a PHD candidate at a local university, had materials related to his working dissertation on a 2.5" USB drive. Couple weeks ago he tried to access it and it has failed. The light blinks for a bit, then it turns off. The disk won't spin up at all.
He first took it to a local electronics store who estimated $1100.00, and gave it back to him with case broken open, the label laying loose inside, and the screw loose.
So we contacted my trusted local shop, who recommended a place in CA. Very nice folks there paid for FedEx Overnight service to examine the drive and give an estimate. After their analysis they feel they can recover the data. That is the GOOD news.
Now the BAD news. Their estimate for TRYING to recover the data is a range from $3050.00 to a maximum of $3500.00, with a guarantee of no charge if not successful.
Now, I'm not bad-mouthing this company or their service and abilities. I'm just saying again:
Disaster Recovery = Backup ( Backup ( Your Backup ) )