Ha ha...I was just going to say...ask Marko...
I selected other simply because I wouldn't claim to be expert on the subject. But, if the drive doesn't spin when power is applied, I would send to the manufacturer to have the data copied - (if it's that important)
They want $200 for that.
grumble grumble grumble
i know they want an arm and a leg, their are some programs you can buy that seem to work, and also use paypal to buy so if its a rip you can get your money back
I think it's your best shot at getting your data back. The innards of a hard drive are pretty fragile.
Do you have another drive you can practice on?
No, this is the one from a computer that died. It sat in my garage for 5 years. I just pulled the drive out and trashed the case and guts yesterday.
So, ... what's on it?
Design work (3 years' worth)
Might be worth the $200.
No back ups anywhere?
That so totally blows. I'm sorry man.
happened to me, i had a back up hard drive, and the day i deleted all the pictures off my computer my back up hard drive failed, lost everything
Every regular HDD has moving parts.
This means there is a certain amount of friction involved. In this case, pressing down a certain part of the drive might be helpful. Usually the top side, but since one can't get a proper grip otherwise, it doesn't matter. Just place your thumb on several places of the drive, while it's connected to the computer. You can feel the vibrations of the disc stack, but don't be alarmed. It's alright. Now, by moving your thumb, you might find a "sweet spot", where it fires up like nothing has ever went wrong in its world.
I was just going to slam it against the desk. Thanks.
What you might want to do, after you have found the spot, is actually copying the information to another media.
The rule of the thumb is: you basically have two, in most cases. You can't keep pressing down your whole life, so try to be quick. I once copied ten gigabytes of information from a HDD that simply wouldn't cope, but my thumb didn't cope with me after the trick.