You can try one last thing, put it in the freezer for an hour or so. Then plug it in to try to pull the data, works some time always worth a try.
Funny you should say that, last night I put it in the freezer for 4 hours and then tried it haha.
Yeah, I tried banging it on a table (lol), shaking it, turning the power on and off a bunch - you know, things that would make a good drive bad, but things I didn't mind trying to shock this thing into working, in case it was a stuck arm or I don't know. I wouldn't normally do that, but I already backed up everything on it that I care about weeks ago - I just wanted to see the folder structure to remind me what else was on it. I should have done tree /A > edrive.txt and saved that in my backups then I wouldn't need to try to remember.
In mint linux it would keep showing up for a split second in "Disks" utility (mint's 'disk management'), similar as it was doing in Vista. Then I shook it a few times and got it to stop doing the loop, and it actually stayed in Disks permanently. Which sounds good, but, it wouldn't mount (all I really did probably was disable the drive via the accelerometer (if these drives have that?), or just... from shaking it out of whack, so instead of properly failing and looping to try again, linux tried forever to mount it and it wasn't able to fail properly and loop again because the drive stopped responding or something.
Yeah, it's completely dead. If I needed stuff on it I guess technically there is more stuff to try like replacing the pcb from another working drive (lol?) or opening the drive up and man handling the read arm etc. And as fun as that sounds I don't think I will waste any more time on it.