I was working on the computer during a lightning storm w/ several external hard drives attached. As I was unplugging one hd a bright blue spark and a warm sensation occurred for a fraction of a second in my right hand, which was still holding both the power cord and USB cable.
My laptop and remaining two hard drives attached to it shut off instantly but the second monitor stayed on, in fact all my other electronics running throughout the house kept running smoothly at 100%.
However now with a new computer it appears that the two external hard drives still connected to the laptop have also been fried, despite all three being on a surge protector. My question is: will it be possible to recover this data? What are the odds? It is definitely my most important work files, regretfully..