I have a hard drive that was working one minute and not the next. I had to install an additional case fan, which caused me to need to move the hd. I placed the HDD into another slot and rebooted, no problems. For various reasons, I had to move the HDD again, this time when I rebooted, no dice. I attached another HDD (known good) which booted just fine. I then tried the HDD in question in another motherboard (known good IDE) and still no boot. So I believe that I have narrowed the problem down to the HDD itself.
My question is this; what can be done to try and save the drive? Unfortuneately there is no backup (of course), and I could really use the Outlook data that is stored on the drive. I believe that the drive did not "crash." I can feel the drive running, and I don't hear any abnormal sounds-extremely quiet. Is it possible that I broke the connector or something? Can anything be done to save this drive (other than the obvious data recovery service). How would a data recovery expert fix this drive? Please let me know your thoughts.