Posted 24 June 2006 - 07:40 PM
The drive is probably dead. If you are hearing head to disc noise, and the computer is not recognizing the drive, there is usually no hope. There are devices you can buy that will convert the laptop drive to fit a 40 pin cable, but it will be your call as if you want to spend the money for a try at data recovery. No extra software should be needed. A local computer shop may have something in place to do it. You also can send the drive off to a repair center but it is very expensive.
With that said... you can try one thing as a last resort. Remove the drive from your computer and wrap the side (not the top) of the drive with your hand. I have had hard drives to stick in a park position and that "freed" it.
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