It just stopped running and what I want to do is open the case and see if it is internally fused or whatever made it stop. It's out of warranty so what have I got to lose? If I can get it to spin, then I can use softwaare to recover files.
Re: Dead Western Digital 500 gig hard drive (My Book)
I had same issue. 1.5 yrs old and suddenly not accessible. Took unit apart with screw drivers and broke a couple of tabs. I'm now thinking that if you first pull off the soft rubber "gasket" around the unit, you can take apart without breaking. It then should split into two pieces. Inside mine I found a WD5000AAKS that is now called Blue Caviar, but this was before they used that "blue" name. I took the controller board off the drive and after cleaning with Qtips and laquer thinner found some burned pins on the largest chip. I tried buying a brand new WD5000AAKS and swapped controllers, The old controller was seen by the BIOS when I connected to my PC's SATA, but the new controller is not. Now I have a new 'AAKS that I don't want and am searching for an older 'AAKS to try it's controller board.
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Your drive is failing, probably through heat or bad sectors. These drives are known to be dodgy and the next one you buy, get another make other than WD. Personally, I would get an internal drive as thats what I have and they have never given me any trouble as long as you have plenty of cooling fans in the box!
Also check it on some other system, as per your data is concerned sometimes the card to which hard drive is attached does not work if this will be the case, then the hard drive is ok your data will be save
Is it showing the 300gig in the properties? if yes then try to copy with command mode,If again its given problem then u need to backup your data and format the drive, then try copying.I think it will work.
I recenctly bought a my book 500 gig drive and it is usb.
the firsttime I plugged the usb cable in it worksed. I had only a 40 gig ide harddrive and so I ordered an internal 500 wd hard drive to replace it. The internal 500 gig is a sata drive. first I cloned the 40 to the sata 500 and then copied the external 500 to the internal. I mover the cables to then make the internal 500 sata my boot drive. The computer would no longer show the external e\when i used the windows explorer. the device manager said it was there and working with no problem but windows did not see it.
After several experiments with diferent configurations I have concluded my motherboard wasauto configuring the external and internal 500 drives as drive 0. Since the usb was detected first and was notthe boot drive then windows assigned the internal drive as drive 0 and since the usb drive was drive 0 also it would not work. windows ignored it. my solution was to return the ide as the boot drive and plug the sata into a slave port. with that configuration both drive are seen and work normally. It took me several days to find this arrangement. so since my sata ports are auto configure and the external has a sata connection i will install an esata port adapter and try to hook it up as a slave sata drive so i cab\n use my internal 500 sata drive as my boot drive.
sorry this was so long but it is my solution to what others may be facing.