I've physically examined a few parts of the computer. The motherboard appears to NOT be cracked, the fan over the processor still spins, one stick of RAM was loose but it snapped back into place fine.
So here is my question, at this point would it be wise to run software such as GetDataBack as someone suggested in a previous post, or is this situation better left up to a professional data recovery service? I don't expect to be able to use this hard drive again, but I would like to get my pictures and school work off of there. Also, is there any way to tell if the laptop would still be operable if I just buy a new hard drive from Acer? Any help is greatly appreciated!