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WD Hard Disk fail... for the second time

  • Hard Drives
  • Western Digital
  • Storage
Last response: in Storage
December 4, 2010 7:22:23 PM

Hello there people... Just today my external WD HDD failed.. for the second time. When it's connected to power it doesn't get recognised by the OS. I tried 3 PCs with no luck..

2 years ago the drive was failed again and i sent it to WD since it's warranty was still valid. They replaced it with a new one and unfortunately i lost 500 GB of data.

The warranty is no longer valid, so i decided to open up the external case and try to use the disk internally. And it did! I was quite suprised. Windows saw all the folders and files stored inside it. At least until i double clicked a picture i needed. The disk started making a strange noise and after a few second the system didn't recognise it anymore.

I rebooted the system only to find that the system check that is performed during startup (before Windows loading screen) freezes when it comes to identify the hard disk.

I think maybe it's the Disk's head problem.. but i haven't messed around with the "insides" of a hard disk.

What is your opinion? Any ideas? Any help and suggestion is appreciated..

Thank you,

Edit: Oh i forgot to mention that the disk is a WD My Book Essential 500 GB 1st edition:

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a c 1306 G Storage
December 4, 2010 10:09:25 PM

The drive is toast. Time to buy a new one.