Ok so here is what I have tried after searching and trying stuff for the majority of the day.
Windows: missing system file on boot up.
Windows Repair: can’t find any mbr or file system
Spinrite: Halts at .54% into a lvl 2 scan. Started it again at .55% an then it stopped at 1.15%
Then I tried Get data back: Was reading off the HD and was getting some i/o errors but was actually continuing when i selected yes to all. Says it will take an hour. Leave to go do a service call, come back 4 hours later expecting it to be done. Not the case. It is now constantly spinning up and down repeatedly.
Just finished trading the board on the drive with another one I had from when these used to be a raid setup. Still am getting the same problem.
Switched the boards back and the other drive still works fine.
They are 80gb maxtor drives. They are being used for our small business and had our accounting data on them. Can anyone think of anything else I can try? I don not think it will be worth it to send it away to get the data off it for a minimum cost of like $600.
Am willing to try anything…