I'm helping a friend whose Dell inspiron 8600 laptop has a bad HD. It makes funky sounds and the comp won't boot windows at all. She is going to buy a new drive, but would love to be able to get her schoolwork off the old one before trashing it.
I've read some accounts of people freezing their dead harddrives and regaining limited access (until they heat up I guess). It sounds unlikely but she would be really happy if she could get the papers she has been writing off it. Anyone done this, or heard of success. It is worth trying, it is free and easy.