Yep, that is a (incorrectly named) wiping tool, it basicaly attempts writing 00's to each and every sector.
Thanks for explaining...but It's not exactly "gone" yet since I still manage to sort of access it and check for bad clusters, even with delays... I've been using this tool http://hddguru.com/s...vel-Format-Tool
But the disk is gone.
To explain the delays you get, it goes like that (more or less):
You (through the OS, the disk driver and the disk controller and the disk firmware) order the disk to read sector (say) 3289.
The disk tries it:
- Reading sector 3289 .... cannot read it!
- Trying again reading sector 3289 .... cannot read it!
- Loop to #2 n times until, by pure chance, it manages to read it, then:
- OK, sector 3289 read.
Additionally, each and every "loud click" you hear is the head completely failing to find a position on the disk and "going astray", a "stuck" head doesn't move (and hence the drive assembly doesn't click loud).
Usually stuck heads mean also disk not spinning (as normally a stuck head is stuck to the platter and prevents it from spinning up).