I'm at my wit's end here, please help. Before I do the dreaded freezer method I want to make sure there's nothing else to try. Windows sees the drive but it comes up that it needs to be formatted and is in RAW format. The drive makes a crunching noise when first starting up but sounds fine afterwards.
So far I've:
1) Attempted recovery using a USB SATA dock with EaseUS, Recuva, and GetDataBack. (some data was recovered but most of the files were not usable)
2) booted up with a linux recovery disc and ran ddrescue (image was zero bytes after 21hrs)
3) tried TestDisk (no partition discovered)
All I need is to recover ONE file off the HDD (~4GB). Is there anything else I can try before I throw it in the freezer?