|To explain how I got to the point I'm at now might take a minute. So,|
The computer I'm using right now was my first ever build. I did everything from the ground up. Everything but the hard drive. The hard drive was the sole piece of hardware I tried to salvage from my old HP. At the time of the HP's death, the hard drive was fine.
I thought that I'd be able to install this old HD with my old OS in the state it was in before I tore the old machine apart. I thought it would boot up and everything would be peachy. What happened upon the first few boot ups was the hd would get stuck in the boot cycle. I did a lot of research and found out that because I had made so many drastic changes, well everything changed, that basically there was no way my hd would boot.
After this research and me having done most everything people suggested on forums, the drive simply disappeared at one point. The boot cycle wouldn't even start.
So I broke down, bought a new hd, new copy of xp, and here we are. Once the 100% new machine with the new hd and fresh OS were up and running with the new hd at C, I installed the old hd to get the data off it. My computer wouldn't even recognize it in bios. Like it just wasn't there. I tried two sata slots, no dice.
So I just bought an external enclosure to see if that would work and when I turn the thing on, nothing happens outside the led on the aluminum case turns on. I've tried both the sata and the usb connection. Nothing.
When I turn on the external hd, I can hear it spinning. The same thing happened when I tried to use it as a secondary non boot drive inside my current machine.
Also, something weird but the external enclosure seems to be shocking me when I touch it in certain spots. That can't be normal.
Am I up a creek or do I have a chance at getting this data back?