haha, thanks fzabkar. you make me laugh!
I feel like it might rip off another component with it if I use too much force.
Are there not any tricks to coax it off?
Also, while I have your attention, can you tell me that what you think about the following:
The hdd cycles up, does not get recognized, and then gets totally quiet--doesn't spin any more.
Is this the kiss of death?
Honestly, I've just been hopeful that it's the usb connection in the original enclosure---which is really sketchy and loose--as I confirmed when I opened--that it had come loose over time from it's housing and attachment to the logic board. It dances around and has no secure position.
I will try some more force, right now.