I have a WD2500KS Sata drive that stopped working recently and I would like to get some data(docs) from it. The PCB doesn't have any apparent burn marks. I can hear it spin up, then it slows down and spins back up, etc . I can hear the arm moving( the click of death).
I have priced data recover services but their prices are a BIT HIGH relative to the data that I would like to recover.
I have done some research regarding board replacement and ROM programming. I don't know if this is a viable option.
My question is: Is this drive dead? Does the "click of death" mean that the drive is non-repairable, even temporarily, just to retrieve data?
Thanks for any help with this!