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WD My Book 250G no longer recognized by 2 diff PCs, making noise

I took my My Book to my parents' house to "share" music with my father, left the drive hooked up with the computer on overnight, but didn't transfer any files. The next day his computer couldn't find the drive, and found the same problem here. When I plugged it in, the booting up noise sounded louder, and repeated multiple times - then noticed the side was dented (transported it in its original packaging, but I don't know if it got knocked over elsewhere). I really want the files stored on it (photos, music without copies elsewhere), so what should I do? Here's the options I've come up with so far...

1. I have tech-savvy friends who offered to take a look for free, but I don't know if this is a good idea (likelihood of losing stored files).

2. I called Disk Doctors and they said it sounds like a physical problem, which they'll try to fix for minimum $500 in their clean room.

Any advice beyond 1 and 2? Is Option 1 reasonable and safe to start with? Thanks in advance.

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  • pweel1 Jan 05, 2009

    I tried what you suggested, but the drive didn't show up under the disk management, and I could only change the drive letter of the C: drive, which was not recommended. I tried refresh as well - no luck. Thanks for thinking of me and my poor broken drive.

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This sounds like a similar case. A guy I use to work with had a WD he was in his truck heading home with it sitting on the seat beside him. He hit the brakes and the HD was thrown from the seat to the floor. He then tried to hook it up to see if it was broke and could not get it to work on any computer at work. It was a cubicle job so there were plenty of computers to work with on this. Somebody suggested to change the name of the drive. He then went to the help menu on his computer asked how to change the drive letter. Once he did that it worked fine. What happened was somehow the drive letter got changed to a letter that the computers used commonly so with a drive letter being the same the computer will not detect that there are two drives. Changing the letter to a different letter will allow the computer to recognize the drive which will enable the hard drive to function.

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