Had the same prob with a Maxtor. Local fixer couldn't fix, tried RECUVA and RESTORATION. Maxtor wanted thick end of £600 to retrieve. When I balked at the cost the smug cow told me "you don't think it's all that important then".
I'll give EaseUS a try. If that doesn't work I'll format it with a club hammer an donate it to the local land-fill.
why these things aren't standardised i do not know. I have one i toasted by plugging in the wrong power supply. why these things aren't standardised i don't know. I can see the little black thingy that is fried but reading what it is is difficult and it would be fiddly to replace and I still seem to exist without whatever was on it.
Thanks for the help, lads, but it looks like it's royally shagged. Losing these files is going to be a ball-ache, but it's not worth shelling out a couple of hundred notes for forensic recovery. Oh well, time to work out my frustrations by formatting the ****** with with a BFO rock-pick.
Put it inside two ziplock bags or tape sealed sandwich bags. Pop in it your freezer overnight. Nex day let it come to room temp then shake the bastard on the axis of its spindle (roughly where the centre of gravity is) as if trying to free the spindle motor.