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Hard drive not recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by limparu, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. limparu

    limparu Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2013
    I have WD passport 500 GB. but now it can not recognized in my computer. The light is on and there is thicking too but the drive not shown in computer and the disk management. Please help me how to recovery my data ?


    Jan 30, 2007
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    If its not showing up anywhere and i guess you mean its ticking it sounds like the hard drive is dying or has died. you might try a usb sata/ide connector and see if you can recover anything.
  3. DreadStorm


    Sep 14, 2006
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    The clicking is a sign of a head crash. Drive is dead, no data can be recovered. Any other hard drive error can be worked with in some way, but not a head crash. The only way out to recover is professional data recovery.

    It has been my experience that some hard drives "act" like a head crash when connected with a non-native interface. For example, I have a pair of WD Caviar Black drives that run like a champ when connected directly to a SATA-II interface. But when I try to use a USB adapter, or slow them down with a jumper to connect to a SATA-I interface, they act like head crashing - ticking and all.

    My suggestion is open it up and look into the hard drive itself, find out what it's native interface really is (SATA-II, etc) and connect it that way, instead of through USB. Perhaps then, there may be some hope. It's a slim chance, but worth a try.
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