USB hard drive wrecked?

  bananarz 16:13 06 Feb 09

Hi, I upgraded a laptop (IDE) hard drive & decided to use the 40Gb drive in an external USB caddy as extra storage for my desktop PC. Everything worked & PC recognised the plug & play drive in the normal way, so I decided to format the drive & started a check disk/repair bad sectors if any etc...
5 minutes into the task I had a power cut, started up the whole job again but now the USB drive is unregognised & does make a very strange screeching sound for a few minutes.
I have tried a partition manager program & this also fails to recognise the drive exists.
Can I rescue this USB drive?
Thanks in advance.

Windows Vista Ultimate o/s.

  bananarz 16:26 06 Feb 09

Oooo I forgot to say:
I did try placing the HD back into the laptop & instal windows Vista thus forcing a format but the system just kept saying 'no o/s'

  gazzaho 16:35 06 Feb 09

Sounds like the drive is wrecked, you could try the makers website for diagnostic software in order to check if it's recoverable, although from what you say it's doubtful.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:14 06 Feb 09

when you put it back in the laptop can it be seen in the BIOS?

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