A couple days ago, my Macbook shut down and refused to boot. After taking it into a Mac repair shop, it has been determined that the hard drive has mechanical damage. Yes, I was extremely, extremely stupid and did not back up my data. I'm kicking myself every second since the Macbook died. However, I really want my data back, so I'm looking at professional data recovery companies and I have a few question. Looking around the internet, it seems that there are a million different companies out there, all claiming to do the same services, and all claiming that they have the highest experience/success rate. Is there any way to determine the reliability of the companies? Does having a class 100 clean room automatically mean that they are capable? Can they lie about their equipment online? It's especially confusing since the prices seem to vary widely, from starting at $250-350 to flat rate of $1500, or hourly rate of $50-80 to rate depending on the gb of data recovered. Also, does anyone have any good experience with a data recovery company, or recommendations? Companies located in the Greater Vancouver area, or at least, Canada, will be especially welcomed. Thanks in advance!