Dead hard disk

I have a 2TB Seagate ST2000DL001 drive (was in an enclosure).  Suddenly today it no longer starts up.  I removed it from the enclosure, plugged it into a USB adapter instead.  When I power it up I can hear a one-second faint beep every few seconds.

I froze the drive in a zip lock bag for an hour, but it behaves the same.

Am I in the realm of drastic and expensive measures now?  I assume I'm out of "tricks"?  Any advice?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>>> I froze the drive in a zip lock bag for an hour, but it behaves the same ... Am I in the realm of drastic and expensive measures now?

Pretty much, yes.   You can try SpinRite ( which is not free. But the drive needs to spin for SpinRite to work. So in this case, I think you are into the professional recovery realm and you need to weigh the costs against the benefits. .... Thinkpads_User

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To me it sounds like it isn't even spinning up properly, so spinrite won't really be of much help.

Get a new HD and restore the data from your backups.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>>> spinrite won't really be of much help.  <--- As I noted above if it won't start.  .... Thinkpads_User
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web_trackerComputer Service TechnicianCommented:
Is this a beep or clicking noise? If you touch the drive, do you feel any vibration that may indicate that the drive is spinning up? If is vibrating indicating the motor is running and the drive is making a clicking noise then it may be the drive is trying to find the boot sector of the drive. If that is the case as mentioned by thinkpads_user spinRite may be able to repair it. Contrary to what many people believe placing the drive it the freezer does not really help and may cause condesation on the platters making matters worse.
DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
It definitely doesn't spin.  Look up FreeAgent USB drives, and it turns out lots of people are having the same issue.  Looks like we're in the professional recovery realm, as thinkpads_user says.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you, and good luck with a recovery service if you choose that route. .... Thinkpads_User
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Though already closed, another trick is to hold the drive in your hand by the side edges and make quick twist motions with your hand as it's trying to startup. No shaking just quick twists. You USB adapter has a separate power supply, right?
web_trackerComputer Service TechnicianCommented:
In order to prevent further damage to the drive and thus lessen the chance of recovering data, it is best to leave the job to the proffessionals. You tried what you could and the more attempts at trying to recover the data yourself the more potential damage that can occur to the platters that hold your data.
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