Re: Hard Drive noise
It died, and if you can't get it to boot, either normal or by the freezer trick, then I'm afraid that your files are gone too. Perhaps you could call around to computer shops to see if they can recover the data for you, but I doubt you'll have much luck doing that.
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'