My old XP PC suddenly stopped recognizing my WD Passport 500G external hard drive. The power supply seems to be good (passport LED is lit) but I can't feel/hear the disk spinning up. Any idea how I get my pictures back?
I've seen this quite a bit with these things. The spindle motor has most likely siezed. If there is data that must be retrieved you'll have to take it to a recovery service ($$$) and even then there's no guarantee that they'll be able to recover anything.