i have an old seagate 120GB Pata HDD and it crashed on me whn i hooked it up to my (then) new rig. If i'm not mistaken, i think the drive header fell of the cylinder...as i can hear a knockin sound whn u move it up and down.
It crashed 2 yrs ago. and i had it stored safely all this while. I later found it gathering dust in my cupboard.
the BIG question - can i manage to get any data from this HDD or is this better off as a paper weight?
Only thing you can do is try hooking it up and see what happens. Try some of the free hard drive recovery programs. You never know.
hmmm...will this b possible even if i cant boot/detect the HDD on my pc?:S :O