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!
Seriously I would avoid anything USB at this point. So many damn devices are using it, and it's flaky at best. When it works, it's fine. But that's half of the time for most people who have multiple USB devices. Find another route.