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Problem with secondary HD after lightning

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A year ago, our computer had this really slow and really old 30 GB IDE hard drive. A while back, we decided to buy another one, so we bought a 320 GB Seagate PATA drive. We set the new one as the master, installed XP on it, and set the other one as the slave. The old one had two partitions, one for the OS and one for files like pictures and CD images. The new one has three partitions, one for the OS, one called "Linux" (which is empty right now), and one for virtual machines.

A while back, there was a violent thunderstorm. After the thunderstorm, we didn't need to access the old drive for a while, so we just noticed - the old drive was no longer accessible. In fact, it didn't even exist. A couple of reboots got nowhere. We then opened up the case and took the old one out, and on the green "board" near the circular metal thingy in the middle of the side with the circuits (excuse my pedantry), were eight metal "dots", arranged in two rows of four. Upon closer examination, the four away from the circular metal thingy were slightly melted :)

So my question now is - is there any way to recover what was on the hard drive?
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hmm, it sounds like it could be a bit screwed :) Having said that, if your pc had been seriously effected by the lightning, I'd imagine the computer simply wouldn't load up at all.

You could try putting it in an external USB casing and try to access it through that?
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