If you need to access a bad drive, put the hdd in a plastic bag squeeze out all the air and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. This may not fix your problem but it's worth a shot if you can't get it to work.
OMG!! I cannot believe how much you helped me 'stidyup' !!
And just to clarify, I am also the2woots. Sorry for the confusion if any...
I dismantled my bad HD ( BAD hard drive
! Bad bad
hard drive!!) and placed it in a ziplock bag and, um, sucked all the air out. Don't ask ! It works.
Anyway, I placed the bag / hard drive in cold storage, my chest freezer in the garage, for just over an hour or so. I didn't have time for two, but it was cold as a popsicle.
I decided not to mount it, just hook it up and re-boot my PC. Lo and behold ... disk boot failure. Um, OK ... my startup disk / main disk is FINE ... ???
I re-booted again and ... IT BOOTED UP! I switched to safe mode, and voila! I could access the "bad" hard drive again! But ahhh, all of a sudden the NOISES and SQUEALS coming from that thing!! Ouch!! I wasn't sure it was gonna work after all. I never heard those before today, but then again, my PC is up and running almost 24-7, so a good chance I never heard it when it DID happen.
Ok, I am rambling. (I like to fill in all the blanks!!) To make a long story longer
I was successful in copying pretty much the whole danged hard drive's contents back over to my main drive, until I can pop in the NEW replacement HD and rinse and repeat.
As a matter of fact, I thought surely time was against me once this puppy warmed back up, and one "copy" instance took nearly 30 minutes to run, so I was not entirely convinced I was in the clear with this drive.
It is STILL operating!!
I will, of course, delete every file on it and send it back to Maxtor, since the new one is here waiting to be installed.
I am extremely grateful, stidyup
for those excellent words of wisdom! I was so much a doubting Thomas when I read your suggestion, but figured I did not have the $400 to $1600 to spend on a recovery service and had nothing to lose since the drive was "DOA" anyway to me.
I will certainly pass along this useful info to someone else if the time ever comes up, and give ALL the credit to YOU!
Thank you so much!