There should be ZERO risk to your drive doing this as long as you follow the instructions!
!!!!!Victoria is a powerful program, so do not mess around with any options other than specified, unless you really know what you are doing!!!!!
Here is a quick and dirty guide to check if this is in fact, what has happened to your drive;
What you need:
1)- a functioning computer running Windows XP/2K/2003 (not sure if it works on Vista)
2)- your "suspect" hard drive installed and hooked up to a SATA port in your PC
3)- WinRar, or another program that can extract RAR files
4)- Download this software - Victoria for Windows
5)- Extract the rar file to a location you can remember "C:\Temp or C:\Victoria"
6)- Go to the folder and execute the the "Victoria43.exe" file
7)- Now you will see the opening screen:
8)- Next you need to switch the program to PIO mode in the top right
9)- Now click the PCI Scan button
10)- You will see a list of drives listed; hopefully your bricked drive will be obvious, but go down the list and when you select the suspect drive, you will see this at the bottom:
I hope this helps some of you actually diagnose the problem instead of "guessing".
Addendum: I have seen drives that show as BUSY that have other issues beyond just being stuck in this state! It is a start, but not a "Be all end all" determination if you have a bricked drive.
Edited by fatlip, 04 February 2009 - 08:12 PM.