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WD Mybook 500GB USB drive no longer recognised in Windows 2000


Perhaps someone can help me. I've followed as many of the tips and tricks as I can but to no avail.

The problem is that the drive is no longer recognized by Windows when I plug it in. I'm fairly tenacious with these things but I'm at my wits end right now.

It's a USB drive. When the problem first started happening the drive would spin up when it was connected but then spin down again and the light would blink three times before the Mybook would switch off. I've got a laptop where I've also tried to get it working.

I tried the WDC support recommendation of disconnecting it, doing a cold reboot of the PC and reconnecting but to no avail. After heard that the drive should be removable I opened up the infernal thing only to find it was SATA drive and my PC only has SCSI and EIDE drives. I'm not too well up on the different interfaces so I do not know if there's some way I can connect it up. It would be a bit upsetting if I had to buy a new PC just to recover my data (which is not worth the $1000 that a recovery company quoted me).

Interesting thing is that when I put it back together again, when I press the power switch the drive spins up and stays on, rather than switching off automatically soon after . Windows, of course, still won't recognize it.

(Tried installing ubuntu in case that might make things easier for me but ran into problems with that so I gave up!)

My questions are:

1. Is there some recovery software I can use that will recognize the device even if Windows won't?

2. Following my other line of investigation... is there some way I can connect up a SATA drive to an EIDE or SCSI interface? .

Any help appreciated.

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Re: WD Mybook 500GB USB drive no longer recognised in...

You could try one of these to connect SATA to IDE

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both a lot cheaper than the $1000 you were quoted.

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