Not to hijack this, but I have a similar problem. This is what mine is doing:
I have an 80GB Maxtor from a Dell P3 1Ghz. When it is booted to the boot (and only HDD) drive I think it said "Disk read error, press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"
It seems to spin SLOWLY but it is recognized (via external USB case) on my 3 XP machines and Linux box. It never shows up under my computer though. I can't access anything on it.
I need to recover the data. I've taken apart many drives and took this one apart to check it out and it looks perfectly clean inside. I put the cover back on and am now trying to figure out what my next step will be.
I think it has a bad motor. After 5 years of constantly being on I can understand failure. (BTW, This is a friends PC, I back up my stuff
I would like to try to recover the data for him as there are 8 years of Pics, biz records and a lot of other things that are important to him.
-Does anyone know of a guide on how to do this?
-Also, if the motor is bad and I find another drive suitable for the switch, can I just swap the platters?
-Does it have to be an identical 80Gb Maxtor drive? or can it be a 120gb, 160gb, 40gb, 60gb? Or even does it have to be Maxtor?
I feel I can fo the mechanics comforable as I took a WD drive apart and re=assembled it my firt time w/o too many scratches, lol, but I wasn't being very careful with that one..
ANY SUGGESTIONS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!