I waited too long, now my external IDE hard drive has failed. It is making a ticking noise as if the needle is catching against something every half second, making a scratchy tick sound. Ok, I know, it's doomed. but I shook it a couple of times a couple of days ago and I was able to at lease read it again. Now unfortunately, I think it's done for. The problem is, I was going to get all my data off this onto a new drive and I can't now. What do you suggest? No, I have no backups, this is just a personal drive for home that I put my stuff on but it's pretty critical to me!