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As long as the platters inside are not shattered to million pieces, there is always a chance to recover the data but more complex and the amount of data needed, the more $$ it will cost you! There are companies and services you can use for data recovery but as mentioned, this is very expensive and typically used as a last resort for irreplaceable data when all other methods failed.

Now, even if there was a working operating system (Windows or Linux) installed on this hard drive, it is always better to use this drive connected as a slave drive or connected via firewire/USB docking station. That way, even if the operating system was damaged, as long as the data was not encrypted or the sectors where the data resides on were not damaged, you would still be able to access all data and copy it over to another healthy drive/disk.

I am not sure if this is a IDE or SATA type hard drive but there are USB adapters with applicable power connectors to connect pretty much any drive externally to a working system and access it. I use a USB 3.0 based docking station as well as a USB 2.0 based drive adapter which connects to both IDE and SATA 2.5" (laptop) and 3.5" (desktop) type drives and cost around $15.

If any of these are too much for you to grasp or do, take it to a computer shop and have them take a look (typically for free) so, if it was indeed a dead drive, you won't have to second guess it or spend more money on it.

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