|A head crash these days is practically unknown. Technology had advanced to such an extent that the only time you are going to get a head crash is if you physically abuse the drive while power is applied. A head crash will not prevent the drive from being identified in the BIOS but will make reading data difficult.|
A mechanical failure which prevents the disk from spinning up and the drive head from finding track 0 will prevent the the BIOS from detecting the drive. The ticking noise you hear is the head mechanism coming up against the stops as it repeatedly attempts to find Track 0. This is what appears to have happened in this case.
The "freezing trick" can sometimes work as it will shrink the components slightly and may free up an otherwise seized drive spindle.