On (lucky me!) Friday the 13th, my Maxtor 250GB SATA drive failed. Its connected to a Promise SATA PCI Card, and my computer specs are as follows: 2 existing SATA drives connected to mobo, 2GB ram, 3.2Ghz P4 HT.
Windows loads very sluggishly, and when I try to access the drive in "My Computer," after about 5 minutes it gives an I/O error.
What I've Done:
I tried re-seating the SATA cables. I enabled/disabled the drive in device manager, and I also rebooted many times. The Promise card BIOS detects the drive just fine upon every bootup! I have the drive disabled right now so my computer doesn't load slowly.
Why I need help?:
I have some very important data on there, including 100GB of music (and ripped CDs). I also have some important videos and pictures. Clearly data recovery for this drive (of this size) would be *very* expensive, so unless I can do it myself, I don't know if thats an option.