Dead drive not being recognized by Ubuntu.

Samsung Spinpoint f1 hd103uj 1 tb intern...
February 13, 2011 at 19:03:27
Specs: Win 7, Q6600
I have three hard drives. One is PATA Seagate which is set as master. One is Toshiba Desktar on Sata, and the dead drive is Samsung, also on SATA. Everytime i turn on the computer the Samsung clicks about 12 times and computer freezes for about 30 seconds and then boots fine from my primary PATA. Now the first week Samsung died, it clicked but computer skipped right after clicking stopped and would boot just fine from PATA drive. Only lately its been freezing for about 30 seconds as i mentioned above, which tells me that the computer is trying to at least recognize it while its clicking and after clicking stops. I am trying to salvage data and i have only found Ubuntu as the answer but the drive just won't show up. My techinician said he was able to bypass the OS on the dead drive and access pure content and didn't find anything except message saying he needs to format it. I would at least like to get to this point.

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#1
February 13, 2011 at 19:55:41
Have you looked in Disk Management to see if the drive shows up there?

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#2
February 15, 2011 at 06:14:48
no, it isn't visible there

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#3
February 15, 2011 at 07:44:18
If there is a mechanical issue with the drive it won't matter which OS you use. Your only chance to recover any data may be to repeat the freezer trick multiple times. You MAY need to change the boot hard drive when introducing a new drive into the system, the BIOS may make it the first boot hard drive. That is different than setting hard drive as the first bootable device.

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