I think my second hard drive has died. I had problems with corrupted files for a few starts, tried ScanDisk and repaired some, now it is no longer showing up in Windows Explorer. When started, the drive does several rounds of grinding, then Windows starts normally (Windows98 on C drive)and all applications not on the second drive seem to be working fine.
1. Has it physically died?
2. Are there "soft" options I can try before contacting a data recovery service?
3. How much will data recovery cost. The drive is about 9GB, I need about 5GB of files on it that I cannot access.