Re: External HD Died!
"Thunk thunk" sounds like head hitting the disc, physical damage not software.
This sort of thing can still sometimes still be recovered, there are people who specialise in this sort of thing...but the data needs to be REALLY important. last time I had to get it done (in UK) it cost £4500 for a relatively small drive.
If it is of any help PM me, I can dig out their details for you.