Before buying anything, especially in electronics, looks at the reviews.
Sure they are not expensive but they have the highest failure rate in the business.
Open the box if not under warranty and plug it in your computer .
If it's not recognized get a western digital my book.
Way better quality and reliability.
Thanks for the advice but getting a new external hdd is not as easy as going out and just getting one as i cannot currently afford it. I cant open the device because it's probably still under warranty however i cannot find the receipt...before i open the device, i'd appreciate anything else i can try to remedy my problem ASAP.
check your connections, they must be loose. Or try a different USB Port. And if that doesn't work, get a Dell USB Portable 1 TB. I'm using it rom 2 Years without a single damn problem. Also see that it comes in "My Computer" and disappears or not.
"whirling and clicking sound repetitively" is a bad sign that the drive has failed, and as someone who has had several hard drives fail on me over the past 18 years, I'm all too familiar with those sounds. Opening the actual hard drive which sits inside the enclosure will prove to be fruitless for a failed hard drive that's making those kind of noises. Damage has occurred (as proved by the noises it's making), you can't fix that.