What recovery program did you try? Mine was able to read my failed drive even when I had to tweak and force Windows into recognizing the drive in Device Manager, and I could hear the read head scraping along the magnetic surface of the disk.
If you really need that data bad, you can buy an <b>IDENTICAL</b> drive and swap the controller boards on them, giving your "broken" drive new firmware and controller chips. (maybe you discharged some static into one of those chips? that might have caused it?)
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by grafixmonkey on 03/15/04 10:38 PM.</EM></FONT></P>