Good evening reader
This is a tough one and of great importance to me and if I fail, it could cost me a year of my life, so please excuse the following dramatic explaination of my problem.
My PC had a Western Digital WD1200 (120Gb) installed containing my final year project for my Computer Science degree.
I recently installed a new secondary drive into my PC, a Western Digital WD2000 (200Gb) as my existing one was almost ready to burst with data. When I found time, the plan was to selectively copy huge amounts of data from old to new, including my final year project, and use the new drive as a backup.
Now. there's one thing I've found I can rely on when it comes to IT and that is - 'It's not that bloody reliable' - or rather I can't rely on myself not screwing up!
Two days ago I inserted my apple ipod shuffle into an unoccupied usb slot situated on the front of my computer, which is situated by my feet under the desk, swivelled around in my chair to upload the latest Streets album (which, I must say, am not too impressed with so far) and what happens...
... as I swing round with my right foot, I only go and kick it out with my incoming left smashing the USB port to pieces. I instantly start to cringe as I hear the horrible sound of my PC beep loudly and then go blank. I switched it back on only for BIOS to report a primary hard disk failure. The new WD200 now works fine now with a new Win XP install on it, however, I've tried everything with regards to the former WD1200 and nothing. I even tried it in an old IBM PC I had lying around and a simular error was reported from their BIOS.
I'm not sure if anything can be done now if the BIOS fails to recognise. Are there any sort of data utilities that can be used to perhaps reteive any data at all from it?
It's rather annoying that the stuff we learn at uni never seems applicable to your own problems!
I was at a total loss and then I remember that this site helped me out with a Laptop problem a few years back.
I'm now just hoping and pleading for the same quick and informative response as last time as I'm at a total loss otherwise. A years work down the pan and I shall have to repeat!!!
So, as an old Beatle once said, 'Won't you please... please.. HELP me!!!'