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Well my friend brought over his "broken" WD MyBook the other day to see if I could figure out what's wrong with it. I popped it open and inside was a 1tb WD Green, so I took it out and plugged it into my desktop to see what was up. As expected, the HD is not accessible from My Computer and I cannot seem to read what is on it. I can, however, see it in device manager, and according to my computer it works just fine .



So, I opened up speedfan and ran an "in-depth online analysis"...still everything seems to be fine.



Any ideas? I'm not quite sure what is wrong with this HD, but it basically just stopped working all of a sudden. As always, rep will be given to those who genuinely help

    
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post #2 of 13
By "not working" when on USB, it doesn't even show up or does it show up but you can't access it?
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when you plugged it in to your pc via SATA connections, did you format it for windows 7? I had a drive also that was not recognized and it is because I didnt format it for Win 7 and set up the initial partition in Disk Management.
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post #4 of 13
How is it "broken"? Did he drop it or something?
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Do you need the data on the disk or do you just need it working?
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post #6 of 13
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Sorry for not being clearer guys. The HD was never dropped or mishandled, it just all of a sudden stopped being recognized by the computer one day (according to my friend).

Unfortunately formatting is out of the question at the moment as he desperately needs the content on the hard drive if it is at all possible to recover.
    
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post #7 of 13
Have you checked Disk Management to see if it has a drive letter associated with the partition?
     
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post #8 of 13
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Have you checked Disk Management to see if it has a drive letter associated with the partition?
No drive letter


    
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post #9 of 13
So right-click the yellow highlighted bit and assign it a drive letter?

Did you add the yellow highlighting, or was it already there?

100% free space.... hmm...
     
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post #10 of 13
Yeah, seems like the drive is empty :/ But I wouldn't be surprised if the drive actually died since WD sticks Green series HDD's in their externals and they have a bad reputation of dying...
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