This 30 GB Western Digital retail drive was working fine until the PC it was in just died (wouldn't turn on). AFter several motherboards, it was discovered that the video card apparently destroyed the motherboard, and two later ones. Eventually, the kind RMA people at Frys showed me that the k7s5a motherboard I had returned worked fine with another video card. I had long-ago taken out the WD hard drive and was just trying to get the friggin thing to beep and give me a POST screen.
When I reconnected the original hard drive, which had been sitting metal down on a desk, the mobo's HD light just stayed on solid, it paused a long time, and said there was no drive hooked up. Same thing on secondary controller. Another hard drive was detected fine.
Is there any possibility that this drive is salvageable? Is it possible that the reason this PC died in the first place is from a virus that attacked the HD and video card firmware? It seems awfully strange that the HD died the same time as a video card and a motherboard. Its 1.5 years old, so I suppose WD will send me another one.
Perhaps a more reasonable explanation is a power surge destroyed everything.