WD Passport external HD is recognized but cannot access data


I have a WD My passport hard drive 2TB. Recently when you plug it in to the PC, the data is there but after 10 seconds the drive goes "click" and I cant access the drive.

This sometimes crashes windows explorer.

A friend of mine says that because this drive does not have a dedicated power supply, that all the circutry is connected to the drive and so its buggered.

Q. Would the only way to get the data be to buy an identical drive and somehow use the circuitry from the new drive with the old hard drive.

Thanks so much for any advise,

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