I looked into youtube and found this wierd solution for my problem... the initial part is not important, skip forward till 2:00 to see what I had to do:
Frankly I didnt think his "Freeze and Spin" technique would work, but I had nothing to lose so I tried it... IT WORKED.
Now I have all the data on a new HDD (I even got a backup storage device so I don't face this problem again)
I know this post is meaningless but it's been a while since i showed up here and I have nothing else to blog about.