Well, it seems you've done what is required for the typical end-user to try data retrieval. It's now up to you depending on cost to look at retrieval services like http://www.drivesavers.com or similar. You have a h/w fault and not such s/w can work around that. Plus, you may further cause damage just by running it, etc. to retrieve data as is. The last resort is to swap out the PCB on the HD for an exact model of same. That costs too and then it's only a slim chance of working.
You should play around with the Linux version of data retrieval, as you don't need windoze to be up and running and it may see data as data period and just do a raw retrieval sort of thing though complete data, as is.
I'll try to make it short. (failed)
-Dropped something on laptop. Screen went crazy right after and heard high pitched sound.
-After some analysis, I found out my hard drive was broken.
-Can't boot (gets stuck at logo screen), safe mode doesn't work, repair doesn't work, and can't even reinstall windows on the piece of ***.
-Bought new hard drive and installed windows
-bought SATA & USB connector and hooked up old hard drive through USB port.
-Old broken HDD shows up in My computer, but it doesn't display _mb of _mb is free. Tried rightclicking it and going to properties, nothing pops up.Tried right clicking and formatting, nothing pops up. Tried double left clicking it to see if I can get in the drive which just makes my computer freeze.
- The outside of the HDD has no signs of damage, I hear the thing inside spinning still.
-Tried downloading some software like asofttech, recuva, and PC inspector file recovery. Asofttech doesn't detect the drive. Recuva detects the drive, but freezes when I try to proceed with anything when the broken drive is selected. PC inspector file recovery works before I plug my old broken hard drive in the USB port, but freezes when I plug the hard drive in.
-The only software that I've gotten to work is Icare Data recovery free. But the problem with this is that it says there it's gonna take 24 hours+ (time changes constantly). And the limit is 1024mb retrieval unless I purchase some stuff. That's enough for me to get all the important files, hopefully, but judging from the time remaining, I have little hope that this program will work.
I also saw some people suggest Ubuntu and Photorec. I have no clue how to use Ubuntu or Photorec. The instructions I have found for both have not helped me.
From my descriptions does it seem like the hard drive is done for? The files I have on there is very important, but not important enough for me to spend that much money to recover it from companies.