So two days ago now my USB 2.0/3.0 external hard drive would not come up in Windows. When I plug the drive in it spins up and Windows recognizes that a USB drive was plugged in (I get the sound, but not an option to safely remove) and I cannot see the drive anywhere (Explorer, disk management) except Device Manager under Computer->Manage->Device Manager. Less than a minute after plugging it in, I hear a click and the drive stops spinning, then spins back up.
I tried booting into Linux and seeing if it would show up there (this had worked before with a different hard drive that wouldn't come up in Windows), but had no luck at all. Linux couldn't see the thing at all for all I could tell.
I took it out of its plastic enclosure thinking I might be able to plug it into a hard drive docking station I have, but the connector on the drive isn't compatible, as the USB is directly on the hard drive, not part of the enclosure.
I realize the drive is probably dead, but I'm wondering if there is anything, short of bringing it to a professional and dropping a ton of money on the hope they can get something off of it, that I could do to try and get my files off it?
EDIT: Here's a picture of the connector: http://s21.postimg.org/q3gaa849j/IMG_3562.jpg
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