I think it's Fujitsu MHZ2320BH G2
Aren't they all pretty much the same? Or are certain brands more expensive to recover?
It has nothing to do with all heads being the same or not on this drive or other drives. When heads fail they fail for a reason. In some drives it can take 2 to 4 head changes before getting off the data on your drive depending on the media damage and if it damages the new heads on this one. That is the problem on this. When you are quoted your recover cost it has to do with a lot of factors in this case. First off heads, how hard are they to match for your drive, are they available, does your drive have some media damage from the failing heads, did it put some scratches on the surface of your drive, will this effect the new heads and cause them to fail also.
Most people consider DR companies expensive. When repairing a drive to make it read again only for the purpose of taking data off it costs a lot in parts to do this one. When your car fails to run again new parts are needed to make it work again. Same as your HDD. We have to find an exact match and working part for this failed drive to make it work again. In doing so some drives are harder to find and get the parts for them. Sometimes it takes more than one head change if there is damage to your drive. So all this has to be considered when quoting a recovery on your drive.
We are not holding your data for ransom all we do is cover the cost of getting the parts to fix your drive to a condition that we can use other tools and get the data off it before it fails completely.
When I mentioned about price ballpark and being ripped off, I wasn't accusing anyone of holding my data for ransom. It's simply because I had a failed drive myself and when I took it to ask someone for a quote, they gave me roughly $1000-2000. I took it to another place and they recovered 80% of my files for about $300 including a new 1tb drive.
Although the other place probably thought I wouldn't pay, so they didn't bother taking a closer look. I believe the second place I went to recovered my files using software for 3 days or so.