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.
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Re: WD MyBook sits and clicks, won't spin up....
Try searching on the problem on Youtube.com. 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
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Hi Regin, I used to have a WD drive and one day I started having all sorts of formatting issues. The WD was very sensitive and then a week or so later, it started making clicking noises, and then a day later it died. I returned it and got a new WD but in less than 8 months, I lost all my data again! I never bothered asking WD for a new one, and used it as a door stopper for a year or more! Eventually, I threw it away about a year ago. I recently read that someone whose WD drive crashed threw it in the freezer and left it there for a couple days and then it was fine!!! I am telling you the truth, i read that here on FixYa! In any case, be care, be tender. Dont think that just because you have a back up drive that you are protected! My experience suggests that there is something wrong with a number of WD drives! We should all get our money bacK! I would use another kind of back up system, personally.
In XP Start > Control Panel > Administrative tools > Computer manager then on the left click disk managment, you will see your 250gb drive as drive0 most likly with partition C and beside it you should see unallocated space, you can right click this unallocated space and format it, then right click again and click make partition active.
Generally drives that "click" and give access errors are not recoverable by ordinary (consumer capability) methods. What has happened in most cases is the "servo track" that contains the underlying data required to access the drive has become worn-out or damaged. The best way to avoid this is to not jolt the drive when spinning, and more importantly - BACK UP YOUR DATA on a regular basis! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I recover several drives a week, but have to send off most "clickers" for professional lab recovery, which can be VERY expensive ($400-$2000+up).
If all you want to do is transfer data that you have backed up on your main computer then all you need to do is plug the drive into another computer, click on 'my computer' and click on the mybook drive to explore the data on it. To transfer a certain file just copy it and paste it onto the drive of the new computer.
If you are talking about backing up data from a second PC, you will need to install the WD software on that particular PC, and use the advanced backup menu. Just remember that if you back up a second computer, you need to create a folder for that data to be stored in, otherwise it is possible that it would overwrite the data from your first PC
in otherwords to back up several PCs the root of the WD drive should have folders in it labeled - 'PC 1', 'PC 2', etc
I have 6 My Books I use for various types of data storage (2x 1Tb and 4x 500GB). I experienced problems with 2 of the 500GB drives over the last 3 months. Speaking with a tech at Best Buy, apparently the problems are common and are related to heat buildup inside the case.
I think the problem is not with the drive itself, but rather with the compartment (specifically with the USB or Firewire interface). The failures I experienced are intermittent: Windows does not recognize the drive and starts displaying an error about an "USB device not recognized". The first time this happened I let the drive sit and cool, and it worked again. I tested it for bad sectors and it came back healthy. Then after about a day of use, the same USB error hapepned and the drive became unreadable again. If you open the enclosure, remove the hard drive, buy a different enclosure in install it, I think it will work and you will get your data back!
Fortunately, I always do a back up a backup so I did not lose anything. Needless to say, however, after this kind of unreliable behavior, the drives are going out the door and I will replace them with a SCSI external disk enclosure. More expensive, but reliable. I will eventually ask WD to replace the bad ones, but I am not sure I will trust them.
As for NTFS vs FAT, you can re-initiliaze the drive with NTFS using DIsk Management without a problem. I did this to all of mine (usign WInXP Pro).