Could you try to open the enclosure, take the HDD out and try and connect it to another SATA to USB connector or a HDD dock?I got this error yesterday on my WD Elements 500gb. I found fixes, but most cases they can Initialise. Tried disk warrior, it wont read my drive partition nor Disk utility. Any hopes to resurrect this drive?
What benefit does it have?You are the proud owner of one of those low cost drives that have the USB controller built right into the drive. No SATA or IDE connector at all.
Try to find another Mac or PC to see if you can resurrect this drive with the USB connection.
It doesn't look like an IDE port. Trying to look for pros to fix this.As I see it, the HDD has an USB port directly attached to it? That USB port is accessible through a hole in the HDD's enclosure right?
Plus the "golden" connector looks like a sort of IDE connection. There are probably IDE to USB convertors out there (given that the data on the HDD is important enough for the effort, of course).
Wow, I've never seen one of those before.
Walmart has some lower priced extended warranties available too when you buy any electronic from them. I've never checked to see if it's available for external drives, but keep that in mind (and for electronics you buy from them, you have 30 days after a purchase to buy the warranty, which can be done right online).I'd call that one a lost cause. Looks like WD only gives a 1-year warranty on Elements drives, so if it's older than that I'd toss it and get a new one.
Warranty can run a wide range so keep that in mind when you're looking for a replacement, just in the WD line you can get as little as one year or as much as five. My Passport Elite and some My Passport Studio drives give 5 years, some Studio drives get 3 years. Here's the chart:
I think that's the USB port in the middle of that green adapter.As I see it, the HDD has an USB port directly attached to it? That USB port is accessible through a hole in the HDD's enclosure right?
A pro?The HDD is dead. Asked about it to a pro and they said its a bad sector inside.
Sorry its my bad, i shouldn't have said that. Direct quote from the email.A pro?
A bad sector does not mean it is a bad hard drive. Hard drives are designed to account for bad sectors and will avoid them with writing and reading data. Additionally a hard drive with a bad sector can still be formatted and the bad sector will be recorded so that it no longer get written to.
Again I ask, a pro?
I am surprised they didn't open it and try to remove the bad sector.