A quick overview -
PC (my sisters) with two 40Gb IDE drives, one used as a backup for those crucial digital photos. PC packs in, wont power on, first instinct was power supply. Power supply ok, disconnecting the IDE cables, this allowed the PC to boot, albeit without a hard drive. Connected primary drive, powered on... meltdown! Chips on the bottom of hard drive smoked, blistered and burned... suggest its bin material. Plugged in the Slave drive in the hope that the first drive was the issue, nothing happens when the power is turned on except the power led is lit, no POST, no whirring of fans, no visual on the monitor, nothing. (no burning which is better than the primary!). Removing the IDE cable allows the PC to boot, again without a drive.
I tried to use the slave drive in my own PC but this has the same effect, it does not allow the PC to do anything. I haven't tried amending the BIOS to stop the 'halt on error' status just yet, thought I'd try this forum first.
My question - Is this drive truly goosed or is their some way of recovering the data without paying a fortune to a recovery company (or removing platters)?
I have awarded 150 points for someone to probably tell me what I suspect, however I'm happy to make that 1000 points for a successful recovery of the data.