My HD has finally died thanks to my overheating Dell laptop, but I just need to get important photos off before I toss it. I put it in an external box and made a bunch of noise then stopped moving. The freezing trick got it up and running again, but when it almost gets to speed a loud vibration stops it and it tries again and again until it just gives up.
Posting the same inquiry in two different forums is against our rules and causes confusion regarding where to answer you. I’m going to close this one, so look for replies in your other thread in Gen. Hardware.