I was doing a data backup to my laptop, now my sole computer on my detachable hard drive when the hard drive IN my laptop decided to die. (Blank screen of death.) That would be bad enough (new laptop not budgeted for) but I borrowed my daughter's old one and tried to restore my data from the backup drive and it is "toast" too. Not reading as a valid drive.
Any way of recovering the data from either drive, short of a forensic expert or re-entering piece by piece my data bases for my model, music and book collections? I have a very old (significantly out of date) version of my model collection and music collection on an obsolete data base program, but the current excel program on my daughter's laptop no longer will convert from Wordperfect spread sheet equivalent format. Any suggestions?