Salvaging inaccessible data from unreadable or damaged computer or thumb drive is tough work and if not done correctly could destroy the data completely. Remember the flood in 2008? I sure do. For the next few months, it seemed like every day someone new would call me about their computer, and how it was destroyed, wounding if I could help. I was recovering photos and business files that others said were lost forever. Even for the few that were beyond my abilities, I know just who to call, and they have never failed me.
Were your files and photos backed up to a type of disk that is no longer being used? Like a floppy drive or maybe a Zip disk. We keep this equipment around and in good working order just so we can read that old disk. We will be able to transfer your files to a new type of storage, like a USB drive, so you can see those old photos again, or the old family recipe.