I have a WD 80 gb passport hard drive. A few days ago, my computer froze while it was connected and I had to do a hard restart. When I restarted the drive stopped working. The drive will not show up under my computer, however it does show up under the device manager and it says the drive is working properly. Also, when I plug the drive into the USB port it starts to run normally then makes a weird clicking sound. I was wondering if it is possible to recover any of the files from that hard drive.
Unfortunately, you have probably lost all the files on the drive. It may be possible to take it to a PC Repair shop and have them run specialist software on it, although the clicking sound indicates a hardware failure, rather than software. You have my deepest apologies, but this does happen... although rarely.
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I think the hard drive has failed to initialize for mac os .The best suggestion is connect the drive with some other Mac PC and start recovering the drive with the help of a good recovery tool .To recover failed hard drive mac i used this tool.It is so quick than the other and recovered almost all of my drive completely.It also recovers data from a partitioned mac hard drive completely.first try the demo if good results reached go for the full version as i did ..
A Windows PC computer will not read files on the WD hard drive that has been formatted on a MAC. The fix. Copy your photos onto the MAC computer then remove the WD hard drive and connect it to your Windows PC and format the WD hard drive in FAT32 file system. After formatting has been completed remove the WD hard disk and connect it to the MAC computer. The MAC can read and write to a Windows FAT32 formated hard disk. You can now copy the photos from the MAC to the WD hard disk. When copying is complete, remove the WD hard drive and connect the WD hard drive to your Windows PC and you can now copy the photo from the WD hard disk to your Windows PC.
* bad USB port in your computer (try another USB port)
* messed-up copy of Windows (try connecting to a different computer)
* damaged USB cable between computer and the Passport (replace it)
* bad disk-drive inside the enclosure (replace it)
* bad USB-to-disk-drive adapter (buy a new "empty" enclosure)
Check the warranty on it, to see if W.D. will replace it, at minimal cost to you. If the warranty has expired, W.D. has a "Customer Loyalty" program -- buy a new Passport through their web-site, and you qualify for a discount on your purchase.
use the USB connector that connects one end to your computer and the other to the WD passport, If your using windows or a MAC it should automatically give you a pop up, or you may have to go into my computer to see the drive.
I added my WD Passport 80 GB it was seen in My Computer one day then i tried it again and it doesn't appear it on (humming and the blue lights on to) but still no WD Passport (F:\Removable disk) please help
I have the 80GB WD passport and it suddenly stopped working one day. The unit lights up but nothing else. Finally I cracked the case open and found, as I suspected, that the drive is simply a SATA laptop drive with a SATA-to-USB conversion card built in. I suspected that the card was **** so I disconnected it and used a USB hard drive adapter (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=3770&name=USB_Hard_Drive_Adapter) and I can read/write to the drive just fine. Best part is that the adapter I use has its own power supply so I'm not pulling juice through the USB cable for a SATA drive.
Even though mine "works" again I don't recommend these drives to anyone. They're just not sturdy enough or well designed.
Does you drive make any sounds like these?
If yes you have a mechanical problem and you should get a specialist to work on it.
If not - try to remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it directly to the computer to recover your files.