The HD in my brother's laptop crashed (or so we thought). I did a little research on the model in question, bought him a different model of HD and restored his laptop. No problems there.
Now...his old HD doesn't appear to be truly dead. I looked up the model number (Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500gb) and it appears that LOTS of folks had similar issues.
I put it in an external enclosure, and I can see several partitions. The main one however doesn't come up. Based on what I read, this seems to be some kind of firmware issue. Without spending a lot of money, and/or rigging up my own RS232 interface and learning a lot of esoteric commands, I may be out of luck.
Finally...the question. Does anyone have any suggestions for me to try before giving up? The only thing he really needs off of this drive is a tax return that he thinks he can recreate anyhow...so spending a lot of money doesn't seem worth it.
Any suggestions from the brain trust here are much appreciated...and Happy New Year as well!
Just a friendly piece of advice... unleashing the internet on the photo of an unsuspecting friend may have some unintentional and unpredictable consequences - ones that cannot easily be erased from posterity.