Data Recovery Programs / Options

Basically i rent a dedicated server from a data center and my cheap self never got the weekly/daily backup plan and one of the hard drives may have gone bad/corrupted. So they are going to load a new primary and set the old primary as a secondary to see if i can possibly recover any of the data. The server is running centos5; are there any remote type data recovery programs that can be used in a case like this? I was also told that if that fails to work out, they'll send me the physical hard drive and i can do data recovery that way. I have never done any kind of data recovery on a hard drive before, so what am i getting into? Can i not send the hard drive to some place that will recover the data for me, put it on another hard drive/dvds/other media and send the information back to me?

If this were you, what would you do?

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