You're going to laugh... I accidently deleted my 1TB external SSD. At the time I didn't understand how "deleting" worked. I downloaded software to recover the files, and thinking that the files were "moved / deleted" *onto* my laptop, I installed the software on the 1TB drive... Yeeeaaahhhh…. So as I learned I wrote onto to drive, and when I competed running a "deep scan" with the software, it only found 600+ files out of over 3500, and Windows tells me most of these (mostly work documents) are corrupted. So after realizing what I had done, I contacted a forensic recovery service found online. I sent them the laptop and hard 1TB drive. $198 dollars later, their communication is suspiciously cryptic. They said they cannot recover anything on the laptop, but they can recover files from the 1TB. I then sent two emails asking the following questions repeatedly, and only got a response after texting the phone rep who was happy to get me on the hook for there service. 1- I asked how many files they found hoping to compare the number to the 600+ I was able to recover, but they are not giving me a direct answer. 2- I also asked how many files are corrupted. Again, no direct answer. When she did get back to me, all she said was that the files they recover will be RAW. I've since researched this online, but cannot determine if I should proceed with the recovery they are offering. It will be just over $1000 to recover the RAW files. Online I only find adds selling more software to recover / restore RAW files, corrupted files, etc. I have no idea if paying the $1000 will give me anything usable... And they certainly have not said anything about offering to restore the files. That is the next question I will ask them. Here is what I am thinking and I'm hoping to get some insight: I believe I ruined the 1TB SSD drive and the data is indeed corrupted like my software said. Because of this' they are not pushing me to do the recovery and are being quiet and cryptic with there responses. If I decided to spend the money, they would do it, but they want to be in a position of not claiming any usability of the files. Their contract was very clear they accept no liability, which I totally get. I'm troubled that they won't just give me a straight assessment of the situation, and I take that to mean it isn't good. What are your thoughts? If I obtained the RAW files, would buying software to "restore RAW files" actually do much? I'm guessing it would be hit and miss... The software claims it can recover corrupted files too, but again I'm dubious and suspect I will get mixed results. I'm wondering if there is an alternative to using this company? During the sales pitch they made it sound like their "forensic recovery" was better than what I had already done, but I'm guessing that it amounts to the same thing... Anyone with insight who would be willing to help out would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!