If the drive is dead, there is no way. That is just bad luck I guess haha. Backup drives are supposed to be a safety net. I would always have 3 copies. 1 copy on the main drive, and another copy on the backup drive. I think after this, you may want to move to cloud storage, or remember to copy to 2 locations.
JC, I am not dening what u said because I would like to, but at this time I have 2.8 Trig of Data on drives on my main computer and it grows daily that is on three hard drives, as far as the cloud storage, I do not think my internet connect would back that up in a day.
Hmm. You must be backing up daily. I am saying, whatever files you put on the external drive that you can't recover, like photos and such, should be backed up to the cloud. Things like games can easily be reinstalled.