I have a spindle based hard drive that crashed (disappeared from Windows) in the middle of the night while the computer was running. When I restarted the computer it stayed on the 'AHCI Init' screen for a relatively long time, during which I could hear a rhythmic ticking sound. After 5-10 ticks the AHCI list showed just my SSD and DVD drive, and booted into windows with my spindle based drive still MIA.
What is most likely wrong with this drive, and is there any trick that can be used to get it booted up at least one last time for a backup? The important files are backed up online, but there are some programs and temp files that I'd like to move to another drive to avoid a lot of re-installation work.
I found similar questions about restoring data via a search, but nothing particular to getting a clicking drive to spin up one last time.