BIOS reporting IC35L060AVER07-0 (Hitachi) HDD as 33.8gb when it is a 60gb disk with 55gb of data on it. Can't change the size parameters using Hitachi's HDD tools and Spinrite won't recover the data due to the inconsistency between BIOS reported size and data held on drive.
I don't want to spend £100's for pro data recovery not without exhausting all alternatives.
Sound like the BIOS is not detecting the HDD correctly. Make sure everything is auto detect for the drive, and if it is try and set the parameters manually. You'll have to do some research as far as platters/heads/tracks on the drive.
I was assuming the drive is from some other computer. Was this drive working correctly in this computer and then stopped for seemingly no reason? If so the drive has probably been damaged and you will need someone to remove the platters to recover the data.
This is why regular backups are important. Especially on HDDs as old as yours.
Yeah, it's on my friend's old Dell 4300 machine with last BIOS which supported large drives.
It worked for years and then started "clicking" (variation of the click of doom?) on boot up - no xp just scan disk.
Would use the Hitachi utilities to destroy the MBR, repartition, reformat and use Spinrite (GRC software) recover the data, anything to avoid the £££s cost.