How damaged is a drive with a broken seal?
I have a large western digital hard drive. While reinserting it into my case I tore a small part of the hermetic seal and could see into the axis and platters. How damaged is it? Can I save the drive? Can I safely turn it on for a couple hours to extract the data myself?
Edit: I care about the data, but not enough to pay for professional recovery. I’m willing to risk losing it.
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