Lexwalker, if you don't want to be treated like a spammer you have to stop acting like one. Although I did feel irriateted by your former post against maxtor and feel that it is understandable. When you keep trashing one company in every single thread with blanket rant and suggesting everyone to read one data recovery company's website as a reference, it makes the experience here intolerable. So please, if you don't want to be called a spammer, stop acting like one.
Also, you will find that many storage review visitors to be in the storage industry insider, from QA to engineers to OEM buyers to IT professionals that deals with between hundreds and millions drives a quarter on a regular basis. You will also find people that have worked in many company through out their life in different rival companys (i.e. jumping between WDC, Seagate, IBM, Quantum, and Maxtor) and between different part of the harddrive food chain (from Dell, EMC, Veritas, Hitachi, ST, Marvell, Agere, ReadRite, TDK, Nidec, etc). Once you stay long enough you will be amazed, on topics like how one vendor's chipset has a bug, how another vendor's RAID is done in software instead of hardware, or how one wierd symptom is fixable by which firmware version. There are many things to learn here.
Back to that particular data recovery company. I am making an assumption that you have no affiliation with them, so I am going to speak from my mind about why many of us would rather throw the drive away than wasting $ on them
1. Making a blanket statement about why one brand is always going to fail is like saying every one who eat bread will die one day. This is pointless.
2. Making a blanket statement about all drive in a particular model is recoverable is asking for some. This shows how innocent/ignorant this recovery firm is in the industry and how much you can trust them.
3. The way they "fix" a DM9 by soldering a 5V line to one phase of the circuit is lucky at best and dangerous at worst. If they are not at least replacing the PCB while trying to recover the data, I won't be confident with them.
4. No offsense, but having someone hardsell it in every single thread is the biggest turn off for serious customer.