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External Hard Drive Failure

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SazzyUK, Mar 31, 2015.

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  1. SazzyUK

    SazzyUK Thread Starter

    Mar 31, 2015
    I've had a WD My Book external hard drive for a few years now and yesterday it just suddenly stopped working. It would turn on and off. I removed the casing and connected the hard drive internally to my computer and it was working fine. Now it no longer shows up. It's not in disk management either or the BIOS. Is there anything else I could try so I can get files off of it?
  2. marbski


    Mar 1, 2012
    try to update the Bios ,, see manual how to update BIOS on your machine..
  3. dustyjay


    Jan 23, 2003
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    Updating the BIOS is not a good idea. Especially when the problem could very well be that the hard drive has failed. External drives usually fail at higher rates than the internal drives do. From the moment you use any hard drive it is on it's way to failing, question is how long it will last before then. The way to check if it is the drive that has failed is to install it into another computer to see if it is recognized and operates.
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