In a previous e-mail regarding Western Digital WD80 hard drive crash, you indicated the following regarding it's likelihood:-
"The second noise that I've experienced on an HDD is a clunking or screeching, if you get this it's time to wave goodbye to that drive.
RMA it if it's within warranty, after backing up your data of course."
I think this adequately describes my drive. However, I have tons of data on the drive. About 5 years of historical data and this was my backup. Unfortunately, the originals are also gone so I can't recover from that. This is all that I have of these files. Is there ANY way to get at that data with the drive clunking and XP not even finding it in Explorer? It recognizes when the device is plugged in though.
Thanks for your help in advance.
PS - I have the WD utility and it can't see the drive either. Also, I have RecoverMyFiles because I thought I might be able to get beyond the boot sector. I haven't installed this yet. Was trying to exhaust my options to see if I could see the drive.