A friend of mine owns 1 TB SATA WD HDD purchased just 2 months back. It was major backup medium with lots of data. (Docs, pdf, photos, movies, songs) By mistake this 1 TB HDD was formatted & new windows XP was installed over it. It was purely a SATA cable connecting mistake. HDD was formatted for 20 GB just to install Win XP over it & he realized his mistake as soon as he opened Disk management & found whole 1 TB got formatted. Disk space apart from 20 GB is still in RAW format & he didn’t format with NTFS fear of losing all of the data during recovery. No data recovery tool is run on the system & space other then 20 GB is not used at all. In fact HDD was never booted after the mistake. HDD is brand new (2 months old) & working in perfect condition so I don’t see any use of opening the HDD/changing platter or motor etc. Sadly WD don't provide any data recovery services. 1 TB HDD had around 200-300 GB of data only which needs to be recovered. Remaining HDD is empty. He checked out sites & reading feed back about different data recovery vendors. It seems vendors like Stellar is really costly & charges a bomb (30000+) for HDD of 1 TB. We tried to tell them its just 200 GB of data not 1 TB which needs to be recovered & there is no need to open HDD at all, its just recovery. but it they dont budge. Can anyone suggest good data recovery person/company in Bangalore? Please post your real life experience. We DO NOT want to recover data with tools like Recuva etc which might mess up whole thing & possibility of data recovery after running 4-5 diff tools. Is it advisable to replace the WD HDD with new HDD after data recovery? Does normal data recovery process puts lots of wear & tear on platter/bad sectors? Please suggest.