Last night, my good friend (my good, good friend, I'm trying to remind myself) tripped on a power cord and yanked my external hard drive off the table. It promptly crashed to the floor with many dramatic flips and bounces. At the time, we were just minutes away from presenting a short video to an artists' group, but it had to be scrapped because the video was on my hard drive. Now when I turn it on, it makes a horrible grinding noise. I have several projects on there, including my recent entry into a short film competition, and my senior overview from film school. I need to rescue the material off this thing. What can I do?
The hard drive is a Western Digital model, 500GB, with USB 2.0 access (no Firewire) and is about 5 years old. I don't have the rest of the specs on me, but I know that it is formatted to read on Macs only, as I was working on Macs in film school and didn't know about formatting external hard drives to be readable on both platforms.
I was planning shortly to save up for a new drive, since this one is old and almost full, so I'm dreading having to shell out extra money to fix this sucker. Solutions, Hive Mind?