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I'm sure it's the just chip that converts IDE to USB and everything. I'd also suggest just getting a new one because of the loud noises.
Did the noises sound like a marble was dropping or something? If so, then the drive is pretty much gone, but may have a little still left in it.
But yeah, it might not be a bad idea to just grab an enclosure along with a new drive just to keep the (near) dead one still operable in needed.