Hi guys, Thanks for the suggestions. I got a USB enclosure for the drive, and Linux running off a liveCD - the drive isn't detected at all. I have yet to try it on a Windows computer, but will do that tomorrow. I'm happy to try Hiren's CD if the Toshiba utility on it will help, but I'm sceptical about it detecting the drive at all with my current setup. Do you think that plugging it into one of the extra SATA ports on a desktop, instead of into a USB port, would help? I don't have access to a desktop right now unfortunately, but I'd still like to hear your opinions. I might be able to use a friend's desktop sometime in the next few weeks. By the way, the drive does spin up, or does some approximation of spinning - I'd record the sound if I could, but I don't have a suitable microphone.
Hi everyone, I found this site after a lot of looking around for someone on the web who has attempted data recovery themselves. You guys seem to know a lot about Seagate drives, and although mine isn't a Seagate, I hope you can help me a bit. My less-than-a-year-old Toshiba MK3265GSX drive is a brick. It came out of my laptop, which couldn't handle it (it was causing the computer to hang at POST screen). I took the drive down to a repair shop and it also caused their computers to hang. Looks like it might be hard to treat the problem for that reason. Luckily most of my important data was backed up, and Toshiba will replace the drive for me if I take the laptop in for servicing...but I wanted to have a go at recovering the data myself first. I see it as a bit of a fun challenge. The drive spins up momentarily when I boot but then it stops and the access light goes off. No particularly odd noises. Based on this I'm thinking it might be a firmware issue but I'm not sure. Does anyone have any recommendations for diagnostics to run, etc? Anything goes except opening up the drive and voiding the warranty. Cheers, and thanks in advance for your help.