Don't give up yet ---- there are a lot of places that might be able to retrieve your data. I recently had a hard drive failure and the shop I use got everything back. Seems that it got hot and froze because of heated metal parts. They put it in a freezer, this made the metal arm contract and then they retrieved the data before it froze up again ---- (is that an ozymoror or what?) -- freeze it and then retrieve data before it freezes again?