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WD External Hard Drive No longer Recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sberb, Jan 27, 2012.

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  1. sberb

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    I have a WD external HD that I have used for several years as a backup drive. It's a WD3200. It recently disappeared from my list of available drives. I checked in on several computers with the same result. I cannot see it listed among the drives in my computer or explorer, but I can see it listed in the devices. When I plug it in, I can hear the drive wind up and then slow down. The computer chimes repeatedly, acting as if it is recognized over and over. I checked it under Disk Management and each time the computer gives the chime, it briefly shows up as a listed drive then disappears so fast that I cannot read the info on it. Suggestions?
     
  2. win2kpro

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    I would extract the drive from the enclosure and connect it internally directly to a desktop machine and see if it is recognized and works. If the drive works connected internally to a desktop machine then the problem is most likely a problem with the enclosure interface adapter.
     
  3. sberb

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    Thank you. When I pop open the external hd, Will the connection to the external hard drive be the same as standard Hard drive cable in the desktop?
     
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    If it is an older external drive it likely will have either an IDE or SATA interface drive, however you won't know that until you extract the drive.
     
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