A friend of mine had their hdd die not to long ago, just ceased to boot up. (80GB Seagate IDE). I got them a new PC, but some of the data on the old hdd is very important to them, and like most people who don't know much about computers, they never backed up any of it.
Since data recovery prices are so exorbitant I thought I'd have a crack at recovering the data from it. I already determined that it was the dead part back when their PC first stopped booting up. I've put it in several different rigs I've got lying around and they all just refuse to boot (when put in there with another hdd as the master, or just by itself).
Here's how it runs when the power gets flicked on:
1. System Starts up, but no POST screen, no mobo beep
2. HDD activity LED blinks very quickly and evenly
3. The 80GB spins up, but the system never POSTs
Any suggestions on what I can do? As master, or slave, nothing ever happens. The HDD isn't completely dead as it still spins, but Ive got no way to try and read off of it. Because it doesn't POST I can't get into Windows, or Linux, can't even boot up off a live CD.
I think I may have the same hdd lying in my spare parts box, so I could check to see if the logic boards are the same, but I'd rather do what I can without taking a screwdriver to it.
thanks in advanced