Yesterday morning when i woke up, i heard some weird noises from my laptop... lol i knew it was bad news.. I tried to wake up the computer, no response.. tried to reboot.. no luck. the usual "clicking" noises starts to appear... i gave up and didn't want to screw it up any more than it already is..
So i bought a new HDD and replaced it, but the information on the old one are very important... and unfortunately i only have backups from 6 months ago... i'm currently searching on ebay for the same model.. but I wouuld like any advice on anything that i could try, now and when (if) i get the same model...
I have used a working drive of the same model to rescue data from a dead drive, it didn't require any special knowlege or technical skill, just special screw drivers
If its the PCB and not the drive mechanism you might have a shot.
Also I had a drive go bad such that it made a lot of noise an vibrated and would overheat and make clicking noises after an hour. I was able to slowly recover everything a few GB at a time before RMAing it.
Also sometimes a drive will stop working as master, but will work as a slave or vice vera.