Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

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500gb deadish a month ago or so i had some problems with moving files from my 500 to my computer but put it aside, because i just moved and didn't have the time. but now that i had some time to plug it in it's not even coming up. the hard drive it self makes a click sound 3-5 time before the computer makes it sound of knowing something just got plugged in. it does not show up under my computer. please help me find a way to get the data off it. i have a lot of pictures and files i really want to see again. e-mail me at darkmarsland@yahoo.com

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That seems to be a very common problem with these drives. Bad read/write heads...
Check out this page with sounds: http://datacent.com/datarecovery/hdd/western_digital
Does it sound like yours?
Most likely the data is gone unless you are willing to spend big money on data recovery.
You could try remove the internal drive from the enclosure first and connect it directly into PC. Nothing else comes to my mind...

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