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My 500gb wd "my book" is making weird noises and wont show up

I pllugged in my "my book" 500 gb and it made a whirring noise and then like a weird rubbing screech sound and wont show up in my pc.

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The whirring noise is the heads trying to read hard drive and then the weird rubbing screech sound and not showing up in your pc. sounds like the drive is dead.

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It whirs for a few seconds, stops, then whirs again for a few sec


The hard-drive is "dying".

Is it still under "warranty"?

When you have the serial-number of the hard-drive inside the external unit, access Western Digital's web-site, and check the Warranty Status.

Note that Western Digital (the maker of the external drive)
has a "Customer Loyalty" program. Enter the serial-number
of the hard-drive on their web-site, and you can purchase a new external hard-drive at a significant discount.

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