At first, we hoped that died meant "making weird noises but working enough to get data off"
(15:42:55) mge: I'll try to get / second
(15:42:59) mge: if it's doable
(16:23:08) mge: So...What's plan 'B'?
(16:23:23) xyon: how much of a plan B do we need?
(16:24:39) mge: The hard drive makes two loud clunks on power on, waits ~3 seconds, then makes 3 more loud clunks. Not detected by BIOS. Doing a soft reset doesn't have the drive clunk again, you have to power off and power back on. I can feel the drive spinning, but BIOS never sees it.
(16:25:05) mge: I have the HD in front of me now, I can mail it to you if you want to try to play around with it?
(16:27:12) xyon: I think that means that we owe people money and have no way of proving how much
So, if you can think of a (relatively, even) inexpensive way to get the database back off the HDD (it's the only thing that can't be easily recovered) please let me know.