It is highly unlikely that you can recover data from the drive, but after you remove it, you can purchase a SATA to USB cable, plug one end into the failed drive and the other end in to a PC's USB port and see if you can read/copy the files you want onto a PC.
I booted up using a Linux USB. It did recognize another USB drive, but not the hard drive 😞 I'm thinking that I'm stuck with the old "put the HD in the freezer trick" and hope. I hope that the difficult process of removing the HD doesn't damage anything, so that, should the freezer trick fail, I can at least resuscitate the present doorstop.
Thank you Paul. I was expecting bad news and was thinking along the same lines for possible data recovery and the renewing of the machine. Thanks for the very useful link - there goes my Sunday afternoon.
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