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WD MyBook sits and clicks, won't spin up....

This was a 250GB drive I used to back stuff up on a couple of years ago. I backed up the data, verified it and continued using the drive for a few months until it was close to capacity, then unplugged it and put it away in a closet.

Pulled it out recently and plugged it in and the light came on, but the drive sits there and clicks in a pattern. (2, then 4, then 2, then 1) and then does nothing. It's a relay problem of some kind I'm sure and the drive is out of warranty, which isn't really the issue.....the data ON the drive is the issue.

SO, I proceeded to dismantle the MyBook. (not an easy thing to do....)
I was able to remove the drive (a SATA drive) and put it in a different housing. Same thing. This is obviously a power supply problem ON the board.

I bought a new 320GB WD drive to use as a parts donor and am going to attempt to disect this thing and replace the board on the drive unless you have another suggestion.

If there's a simpler fix.....please share it!!


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Try searching on the problem on There are some things there you could try out at your own risk. It could be the heads have gone a bit sick and unless you have the exact same type of drive from which you can swap the heads, you will have almost no hope in getting the data back.
Spending heaps ata data recovery centre will do it too.

I had a similar prob with a WD1600 drive - would not spin ( nor click) I very gently removed the screws on the drive top - (there could be one hidden under the label also) - then connected the drive to both the powewr and data cable and turned it on - nothing was happening.
But by once again very gently (with very clean hands or surgeons gloves preferably), I moved the platters by turning the spindle at the top on the platters a little each way, it suddenly started up and I have copied most of the data so far onto another drive.
Apparently heads can 'stick' to the platter if the drive is not shut down properly or suffers a power failure. This appears to be the case with mine and I hope its that simple with yours.
Hint - you need a special torx type screwdriver and don't try doing it unless you do so in a dust/smoke/loose hair free (as possible) area.
All the best

Posted on Feb 02, 2009


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