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Unable to Access Hard Drive

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I'm in the final stages of building a new box and I've been receiving guidance from this site.  Just before I got really into it, my old system wouldn't boot.  I don't need to reiterate all of that here but the question I put describes what was going on  see link:


The old C: drive (IDE) probably contains some data so Id like, if its possible, to get a look at it.  I have one of those external cases with power supply, so I connected it via USB.  I have the new (XP) PC plus a laptop with Vista.  Both computers recognise the USB device and load drivers successfully, but the drive wont show up in My Computer.

Is there any way out?  I have certain software tools but its feeling like the HDD might need last rites.  What if the controller card on the drive is dead  and how can you tell?   Is there any way to revive a HDD if there's a hardware failure on the drive's own electronics?

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