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Hard disk won't start up anymore, no leds burning. Drive makes a sound like it is turning and sort of clicks. That's all. Few days ago there has been a thunderstorm, and a power failure in the part of

WD My Book World Edition 500GB: won't start up anymore, no leds. Drive makes a sound like it is turning and sort of clicks. That's all. Few days ago there has been a thunderstorm, and a power failure in the part of the house where the WD was located. All the other parts there, Mac, printer, router, scanner and another WD are ok. What can be the trouble and how can I get my files back. FredE

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It sounds as though the drive has failed. A hard drive making clicking noises is never a good thing, often indicating a problem involving the read/write head and its servo.

To see if the drive has failed (I believe you mentioned you have a mac?) connect the drive and go into disk utility. If the drive is listed to the left, you may be able to format it. I fear, however, this will not be the case and the drive has failed.

You may or may not be able to recover your files, via data recovery specialists, though these tend to be costly.

http://www.drivecrash.com/ is one such data recovery service you may want to look into.

If you would like to try software recovery on your own, I recommend Data Rescue II (http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue.php) You can use the trial to see if your data can be recovered.

Good luck!

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