HDD fail issues - trying to recover data - any help very appreciated. thanks

My PC - win 7 64- quad core intel - 8gb ram - ssd boot - let me know what else you want to know

Situation: One of my spare data hdds is giving me problems. Its a 250gb seagate that was an external usb drive but I removed the hdd from the enclosure and have it connected via sata. Recently my computer would start freezing on windows boot screen before you get to user login. I figured it was an hdd issue and identified the problematic drive. Once disconnected everything else is fine so obviously the drive is going bad. So I set out to just recover the data and scrap it. I can't get to windows with the drive connected so I tried Hiren's bootcd however that also freezes at the first boot screen when the drive is connected. I am able to run seatools and I have run seatools on the drive, it finishes, but then freezes upon finishing and the log file isn't saving anywhere. This is all I have tried so far - what are my other options?

Linux? Some Dos based recovery? Any ideas - thanks again.


Update Edit: Ok I've enabled AHCI functionality and then I plugged in the bad 250gb drive and windows found it and I see it in device manager. However I do not see it when I open my computer. Also when I try to open r-studio the program freezes on loading (probably because of this drive).

What else can I try to do to access it?
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  1. Does your m/b have hot swap capability? If so, remove the drive, boot to os then try plugging 250g drive in as hot swap.
  2. and that should take care of it. i did it yesterday. but I also had to reboot after the hot swap for some reason(after windows saw it).
  3. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2625#ov

    this is my motherboard, how can i find out of its hot swap able?
  4. Your link is broken.

    Check your m/b manual or bios to see if you have the option to hot swap in your sata connections.
  5. want to find out. shut down machine. plug power into the hard drive. boot machine. when windows finishes loading, plug a sata connector into the HD. give it a minute. windows should find it.
  6. Ok I've enabled AHCI functionality and then I plugged in the bad 250gb drive and windows found it and I see it in device manager. However I do not see it when I open my computer. Also when I try to open r-studio the program freezes on loading (probably because of this drive).

    What else can I try to do to access it?
  7. why would you enable AHCI?
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