My son's 60gb Deskstar HD has failed. I know about them being called Deathstars before that joke is cracked.
There was no nasty noises coming from it so probably not a head crash.
It just refuses to be recognised by the Bios & won't spin up. He has 40gb of hard to replace data on it so recovery would be nice.
I suspect that the controller has failed. Now I have an identical drive which I'm prepared to lose if it helps him & providing he buys me a new one.
My plan is to switch over the controllers which looks relatively simple & then start his up.
Opinions would be welcome before I embark on this plan.