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Can i fix my WD800UE 80GB Scorpio? windows cannot read the external drive anymore...how can i reformat it?

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  • nestamarlon May 11, 2009

    I tried it on all USB port, hubs, 5 computers i tried too,even on laptop i tried but there's nothing. i can plug a mouse and keyboard. i bought a knew enclosure and attached my wd800ue but nothing happens. the disk is unreadable. my wd800ue is an usb powered, enclosure, the green light is Okay if i attached my wd800ue on my computer but i can hear a noise like motor spinning. I can only see on my disk manager is USB device removable and it can't read on under disk management. I tried so many time booting up my pc and attached after completely booting but nothing happens too. I can't see the disk name in My Computer.

    Is my WD800UE is corrupt? Is there possible to recover my disk?


  • nestamarlon May 12, 2009

    ok, thanks for the info.

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Can you describe the drive in more detail?
Have you tried all other USB ports on the machine? Have you tried this on a friends PC? Does it work? Can you plug a mouse or keyboard into the USB port to test the port? Try another USB cable, borrow from a friend, etc.
Can you see the drive in "My Computer"? If so, right click and try Open, if not try Format (choose NTFS Quick Format).
External Power supply or USB powered? An enclosure? Any lights come on? Any noise, like a motor spinning up?
Try booting the PC without the drive attached, then attach only after fully booted. Can you see it now in My Computer?
If none of this helps, please write back with a little more detail.


Posted on May 10, 2009

  • grunpastur May 11, 2009

    OK, since you've tried all of the easy stuff there is one last solution that may possibly work.



    Download a copy of Ubuntu 9.04 or another Linux distribution and burn a LiveCD. You do not need to install the OS, it runs fine albeit slow as a live CD. (www.ubuntu.com) This is a 700 MB download, so I hope you access to DSL or Cable.



    Boot from a Live Cd and then go to Places (Ubuntu) and see if the drive is visible. This is the last option that i know of.



    If this doesn't work, it's a hardware error and you will need to send the drive off to a recovery company.



    I have heard of people obtaining the identical drive, removing the platter(s) from the old drive and put them in the new drive. I wouldn't try this but if you are adventurous, this is another possibility. Any fingerprints on the platter(s), the drive will be toast.



    Best of luck!



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