My external WD 500GB hd died; no warning signs or odd sounds, just plugged it in and nothing. I tried a different USB cable but no such luck. Tried the external on another computer, still nothing. I did the whole freezer thing and you guessed it, nothing. I have so much data on this drive. Please help.
Is this a Passport? If so, then the USB circuitry is on the drive itself, rather than on a separate board. If you don't mind voiding your warranty, then open the enclosure and post some photos of the boards. Your next step will depend on what we find.
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I am having the same issue, but mine does atleast come on, however, I cant turn the green button off/on, it's just on. I have switched out the USB cord several times, nothing helps....I really need some wedding photos off of it!!!! :-(
Does it spin up or make any sound or vibration, however soft, as if it is trying to spin up?