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I dropped my Western Digital 1TB [(2) 500 GB?] book on the floor now it won't boot up, and it makes strange clicking sounds like it's trying to, but no go. Is there hope? I have a WD My Book 1 TB Home Edition which I've only used twice! I knocked it over onto it's side on my desk, and then I proceeded to knock it right over again! Now when I power it up it makes this weird two part buzzing noise (bzzzz-Beep - bzzzz-Beep) over and over again. It stops after a couple few minutes, but the drive is not veiwable under 'my computer.' I think I may be sunk :~ ( - Please help!.. If it IS done for, what is the best way to permanently delete all my previously saved info? I only have a couple small magnets.. Any Advice?

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A hammer would do it.

Even tho your computer might not see the drive. There is 2 500 gb hard drive in that external drive. You can try to take them out and see if it is still usable. Go buy a SATA external hard drive enclosure at a store you know you can return it in case both drive is broken. plug one drive at a time into that enclosure and plug it into your computer to see if it works.

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The drive is indefinately junked, however I would not fully give up as it may still be honoured under warranty. The warranty is great on these drives. As for the information I would not worry too much about any one reading it off thats a lab job. If you don't want to pursue warranty and still want to destroy the data then open the drive(s) up and you will find very conveniently inside a VERY strong magnet which you could run over the platters. The magnet is hard to get out because of its magnetic strength but its located at the pivit point of the head arm.
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Posted on May 08, 2009

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