Posted 04 May 2009 - 12:16 AM
FIRST RULE, NEVER TAKE THE PLATTER / HEAD ASM COVER OFF, DON'T WHACK THE DRIVE, IF THIS HAS HAPPENED, ALL YOUR DATA IS ALREADY IN “BIT HEAVEN”
Start on the outside and work in, did a jumper fall off? Did you sub another IDE cable? Had you been getting I/O errors? Was the system getting slooowwer and sllooowweerr? Did you ever get a warning stating “bad blocks or sectors” during scan disk?
Many things can make a drive unrecognizable to the BIOS post ( power on self test )
with old technology drives one of the biggies was the head asm physically sticking to the platters landing zone, if this is the case you wont hear the drive spool up. Have the power and IDE cables hooked up but leave the drive outside of the box. The idea is to power up and give the drive a swift
CCW and CW rotation, don't whack it the rotation is the key, the inertia of the platters will usually free the platters from “head stiction”.
If you can hear it spool up, look at the IDE board on the drive, did some putz a mounting screw in that was too long and injure any traces on the board? If so some careful kludge wire and an exercise in patience can recover your data.
Keep me posted, theres lots of avenues for data recovery but try these first, be sure to have a disk copy utility on hand such as ghost or acronis disk director, I believe G-part has a copy utility in it.
Once that puppy will talk get everything off of it to another HD, sorry but I have to go to work in the morning, which is in four hours, I'll check the posts tonight when I get home.