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I have a western digital hard drive

I have a hard drive that my lap top or my computer will find. It don't smell hot or doesn't sound like anything is loose. I have tons of pictures on this hard drive. I'm a photographer. Please help

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To save your data from a bad Wd Ebook you need to download UBUNTU and burn it to a cd. Boot from the cd. Do not install Ubuntu just click try it out. When it loads turn on your Ebook and iit should appear on the desktop. If not click the places tab on top and find it there. Right click the EBook and mount it. Now you have access to all the data on the ebook. If you have enough space n your cpu hard drive save it there, if not you will need another source large enough to copy the data to.. I have used this method to save many hard drives, flash drive and other unreadable media. if the drive is totally toast you are out of luck but this method works most of the time. Any questions drop me an email.


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