My wife's computer hard drive failed the other day. She backed up her data, but on a partition on the same drive. The failure was mechanical, the spindle motor froze up. So accessing the backup partition was also out of the question. I was afraid we were doomed, but I read about people who had this problem and put the drive in the freezer to contract and free up some of the moving metal parts. I put the drive in my freezer overnight. The next day I placed it in a USB external hard drive enclosure, connected that to my laptop, powered it on and the drive spun up and worked for about an hour and a half before slowing to a stop again, long enough to retrieve most of my wife's critical documents. Thought I'd share this with you all in case something similar ever happens to you.