I have a 2 year old Western Digital VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm WD3000GLFS drive that failed. First symptoms were that the BIOS would not load the SATA 2 hard drive initially, but would load subsequently if re-booted. The other day, while working, the computer began making an unusual sound that sounded like the fan. After restarting the computer, the BIOS again would not load the SATA 2 hard drive, but now, after several attempts, the hard drive still will not load. The BIOS appears to recognize a drive is connected, but it does not load and gives an error message when trying to auto-configure the drive. In fact, I can not run the BIOS unless the drive is first disconnected.
Any suggestions on how to recover the data? It was not backed up recently, and I would like to recover the files if possible.
I looked at an external hard drive enclosure from Best Buy, but the VelociRaptor drive does not fit. Is there another method? Are there any recommendations for a good recovery service that specializes in Western Digital drives, especially the VelociRaptor drives?