how large is the file and is the HDD physically dead? powers up? "click of death" none calibrating heads?
shows up on another PC ?
do you have a USB HDD Dock? if so, plug it into that, or if not, is it PATA-IDE or SATA? do you have a extra connector on your board for it? if yes, plug it in, and see if BIOS can see the drive. YES? leave the drive connected and using another drive, install windows onto the new HDD. download ( and purchase if the file is larger or multiple files total larger than 2GB of Data ) unless you want to use the Pro Trial which only lasts for ( i think ) 7 or 30 days....... this program....
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NO? the drive is more than likely gone, and only EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE (we are talking anywhere from 300-1300$ per GB of data ) Data Recovery rebuild companies can get to the data, UNLESS..... and this is slim, the PCB Controller board has gone bad. these are swappable, but they MUST MATCH EXACTLY! i cannot stress that enough, it must be a PCB from a EXACT same size and model HDD found usually on EBay.
give me the Model/Serial/Size/Make and Type of HDD this is, ill do what i can.
"Click Of Death" ? what is this? when the drive powers up, damage to the read/write head controller or the mechanical mechanism will cause it to not calibrate properly, and you will hear a repeated "CLICK" "CLICK" "CLICK" "CLICK" coming from the drive when powered up.
if you need Immediate Emergency recovery, feel free to call me, i will PM my number to you: Update, or not, since you disabled PM's