I collect external drives. Currently, I have two 1TB externals making really odd clicking noises and refusing to open some files. Both are Western Digital MyBooks. I also have a 500GB that makes the same noise but isn't having problems yet. That one is also a WD MyBook. Are there any recommendations for reliable externals in the 500GB-1TB range? I'd like to evacuate the files on these drives before they fail completely.
I was always concerned about the cooling in those MyBooks, so I set up a standing fan to blow air across them whenever I plan to leave them on for an extended period of time. That said, I don't think moving the drives to a new enclosure will do anything about that clicking noise or the files I can no longer read.