Hello, i have a WD elements external drive that has died on me, i'm trying to recover the data i have on there. I ran some software called testdisk and some other software i forgot the name of but was out of luck.
The noise the drive makes when i plug it in is like a scratching/whirring noise that doesn't quite get there and then eventually gives up. If i check in disk management (win7) i can see the drive there it shows up and tells me the name of the drive (WD ext HDD 1021 USB device) i have an option to right click and "Initialize disk" if i click it and on the following prompt try to initialize it with the master boot record partition i get the error "The media is write protected".
Would i have any luck connecting the drive via sata cable? I'm looking around on WD's site right now, if i can see the drive in disk management i'm thinking it looks like a physical failure with the drive? the heads or some component stopped working correctly? thx for your time.
I am not sure whether your drive is mechanically damaged or not. But, if you want to recover your data, you may prefer to try free drive recovery software that has helped a web friend to restore all his inaccessible data back from a WD pen drive.
Your problem is strangely similar to his pen drive problem. Therefore, I believe it will help you, too. Get this freeware: http://www.freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/02/external-h...
Actually, the best way to recover you data is to copy it back from a backup. So, you should remember to make data backups on different drives in the future.