Deadly. I didn't know we had a "HSE for Computers" thing on boards We're all dooomed!!!!
Anyway, for reasons my psychologist has urged me to wipe from my mind, my laptop (Dell Inpsiron 6000) found itself sitting in a pool of water and subsequently gave up the ghost. Well that was the diagnosis I had formed as my other half rang me with the news.
Upon investigation with a Linux live CD (Kanotix) it appears that it's only the HD that has suffered. So I've pulled the HD out of my beloved Packard Bell Play and Go media player and am back up for now.
So now I have a 40GB HD which, upon power up emits some tones (yes, the drive appears to have some kind of speaker) and then stops silent. It doesn't spin up. When I took it out, there was a noticable amount of water on the underside where circuitry is exposed. I should think that the platters themselves are ok. A night in the hotpress didn't seem to make any difference. Then I wondered if I got out and put the drive in the hotpress it might dry out. But still nothing.
There are some photos and music that I wouldn't mind getting back so I'm wondering if anyone has tried on the of data recovery companies that are around. Naturally, I'd only consider it if it didn't run to hundreds of pounds. But I thought I'd survey the forums to see if anyone can recommend on these companies and indicate what the typical price is.
Yes, I have emailed a couple but I'm waiting for a response which I probably won't get until next week.
Thanks for now