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WD5000AAKS not recognized

I have a WD5000AAKS external drive. It stopped working. Spins up when I plug it in and then shuts down. I would like to try to recover my data from the disk without spending a fortune. Any suggestions on how to recover my info myself?

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  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    .ummmm re-read the first user's post. The drive won't say powered on! Doesn't matter if it's connected directly or via USB, etc. It won't stay powered on. I have the same issue.

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Take it apart and get a bridge cable called IDE to USB or ATA to USB.

Connect the cable to your PC and take out the files.

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