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Dead Western Digital 500 gig hard drive (My Book)

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.

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  • Junis99 Nov 19, 2008

    It just stopped, and I try getting access to the harddrive when I installed it in a PC. I can see the harddrive in bios, just don't get Value in windows.

    the storage amount is right, there are 4 partitions.

    The first one, and smallest 24mb, is not "agnoliged"

    Don't know what to do...


  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    Same problem. Seems that WD Drive heats up to much and burned out. I tried attaching to my PC too. I can't even see the drive anymore. After a long phone call and e-mails to WD I will no longer purchase a WD drive anymore.



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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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