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Computer fails to recognise my external hard drive

I have a western digital 250gb external hard drive P/N:WD2500BB-00GUC0. It was working fine and then my computer simply stopped recognising that it was there. The drive has started making some unusual noises like the motor inside is struggling, it tries to turn over a few times and then gives up. Has anyone ever encountered this before?

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  • broon Feb 16, 2008

    Im pretty sure it's not the external casing with the power supply because i took it to pc world and the took the drive out of its casing and tried it on their test bed. They said it was broken but they couldn't do anything.



    So ginko you reckon id need to buy a new HD. Would I be able to get a new HD and cannibalise parts from it to get my old one working so that I can recover the data on it. If so which parts within the drive are most likely to be at fault?

  • broon Feb 16, 2008

    FAO Ginko again



    Im more concerned with retrieving the data thats on my broken hard drive than getting a new one on my working caddy. Do you reckon this would be possible if i opened up the old drive and cannabalised parts from a new one? If so are you familiar with this fault and have an idea as to which part of the drive would need replacing?

  • Ibssguy Feb 27, 2008

    I have the same problem except that mine drive still works fine, but XP can't see it. It appears in Device Manager and tests good, but xp just can't see it. I've tried it on multiple machines with the same result. Is it possible that for some reason it won't accept(or ask for??) a logical drive assignment? I've tried a new USB cable too. Isn't driver issues b/c it was working fine then all of a sudden it's invisible to xp on different machines. Thanks for the help.

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If your HD does the typical click click noise then probably it is broken. All you need to do is testing it by mounting it into a new caddy or connecting the hd inside the pc. If you buy a new hd be aware that there are two kindo of hd currently commonly on sale: sata and pata. Yours one is SATA (serial).

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    Ginko Feb 16, 2008

    I think you can get a new HD and mount it in your old caddy. Beware that on commonly sale now there are two kinds of HD, sata and pata. I think yours is SATA (serial) technology.



    cheers

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I would suggest the external casing of the harddisk that contains its power supply is busted, so you need to change the casing or remive the harddisk from the casing and connect in inside

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