So I went to go wake my computer from sleep mode tonight to jump into the CS:GO free weekend. All the fans came to life, then the green light on the case for the HDD lit up for a bit, but no video. No problem, I thought. It's acted funny and refused to recover from sleep mode before and a reboot always solved those few other times. Well, this time was different. When it got to motherboard controller check that the HDD was on it took a long time, but then proceeded to look for OS, but then spit out a message saying disk boot failure, insert system disk. I tried a number of things, including reseating all the cables (had a click in SATA cable) even removing the other drives and switching the port (to another set of ports on a different SATA controller) and SATA cord and it did basically the same thing, hung when checking that controller, and then when it went to boot OS, disk boot failure.
I imagine that's it for the HDD. I had everything backed up about 2 weeks ago to a separate external drive and media on another slower internal drive. Anyone have any thoughts? Possibly a way to get it back for a quick bit to just grab the last 2 weeks of saves assuming I can get it back. I think I've got one game that doesn't cloud save on there that I'll lose some progress on, but I've put a good deal of time into it. BTW, the drive is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB from 2008. I seem to recall some drives being able to recover for a bit if you stuck them in a freezer. Is that really viable? Even with a drive that just stopped working out of the blue?
Lastly, does anyone have any suggestions for an OS/game install drive for someone without the money for a SSD? Like I have no gaming budget for the rest of the year since September so every $ counts. Another 500GB just to replace it would be fine, but the $70 for a Seagate on Newegg seems a bit high for such a small drive.