|You could try a live version of Linux, like Knoppix. If the hard drive is rotating, which sounds like the case, then Knoppix, or a data recovery program may be able to access and copy the data to another accessible media. |
If the drive is making noise then total failure is imminent. You need to prioritize what you need to recover and look for THAT data first.
Knoppix can access most any media your computer has available. Get Knoppix at the link below. Knoppix installs to and runs from one CDR or DVDR. So you need to download using a computer with burning capability and a fast connection. Knoppix is 696MB.
After you are done recovering essential data there are some methods you could try to repair the drive.