I have a drive from a WD 250GB external drive (Powerbook) that failed to power up a year or so ago. I'd put the drive in storage over the holidays and when I returned and set things up again the external led indicator simply flashed rapidly.
I traced this problem to being a power supply issue, so decided to remove the drive from the housing and try to run it as a slave in order to backup the data.
The drive is a WD2500JB (WD Caviar SE) - [Model: WD2500JB - 00READ]
When I house it in the spare slot of my PC with the Jumper settings set to Slave, my pc totally fails top boot up.
Does anyone have any advice as to how I can get this drive working again.
It's possible something shook it up during storage. In any case, how did you connect the hard disk to your PC? Maybe you can buy a hard disk enclosure, connect the hard disk to that, and hook up the enclosure to your PC via USB?
perhaps is has effected the boot order, or you do not have another IDE device in your system and slave mode forces the system to wait for a (not present) master device - wd's can do that, so check those two.