Hello, I happened upon this discussion and wanted to shed some light on it myself. Sorry to hear of your hard drive issues but I see folks that open HDD regularly. I understand that because we are all inquisitive and want to try and fix it, totally understandable. The issue with an opened drive is that dust and electronics do not mix and dust on the platters can cause real problems. Our company Data Mechanix can still look at it and try a recovery but we charge $200 up front unfortunately. I would not say the drive is a total loss, that has yet to be determined but how much is the data worth to you is the million dollar question. We can try for you and if anyone can do it, we can. Just reach out to me and I will send you information. Good luck and thanks for talking with me. Diskdoctor.