There were no rattling or spinning sounds. It still sounds as it always has. It even shows a green light. I also hooked it up to my Powerbook to see if I could read the files on that OS. The first time I turned it on, the drive popped up on the desktop, though if access was attempted it would hang again. I also tried booting with Data Rescue X. If I booted with the DVD and then turned on the external it would show up in volumes to recover, but when any type of scan was attempted it would hang up the system again.
I know this sounds bleak, and I do have most of my files backed up. However, with the amount of work I do, I don't have enough room even with four hard drives to backup everything. There are files on that drive I would very much like to try and save. Any suggestion other than to give up the fight or call a $500 recovery service?