Ok, currently I do not have this problem but I would like to know how to solve it should(when) it happens. I realize recovering data is a specialized field in some cases but for a small job....is it possible to clone a HD that is not responding using any available programs? I have read the trick about putting the HD in the freezer trick to get it up and going for a few, and while I do believe it works from all the stories I have read, what if it doesn't? So I guess my question is, what are the top tricks to try and recover data from a dead hd, before having to send it to a company for $300/ hr? Thanks.