My WD MyBook 1130 suddenly stopped working and refused to show up in the My Computer. The Small WHITE LED lights up when it's plugged and it shows in the Device Manager , Devices and Printers and in the DISK MANAGEMENT Section in Device Manager. I have nearly 600GB of Data on that disk and I really want them.
CPU : Corei3
HDD: 1TB Samsung Drive
OS : Windows 7 64bit
The Ultimate Boot CD contains a number of appications to recover a HDD.
Such as; /HDD/Data Recovery and /HDD/Diagnosis
The ability of recovering your files depends on what was corrupted; Track Zero, MBR, File allocation Table (FAT)
.. If track zero is corrupted, Probably not going to recover your files
.. MBR, may be repairable and then it depends on if the FAT is intact (PS there is normally a backup FAT.
Link to UBCD: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
Valuable, but hard, lesson, Never trust important files to a single backup device. External HDDs are just not reliable enough.
I had exactly the same problem in Windows 7 environment. I managed to solve it by connecting MyBook to an other computer (in this case one with XP) and configured it the normal XP wizard way. I saw the content of the disk with no problem. I disconnected the HDD and reconnecterd it to my windows 7 PC. Now it appeared in Windows Explorer and everything back to normal.