Western Digital external hard drive failure

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Davidsilence, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Davidsilence macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2005
    Brighton UK
    Hi My WD elements 2TB drive has failed and cannot get it to show up on desktop i have an exact same 1TB drive and i have just swapped the usb controller over, still no joy. Before i go down the crazily priced data recovery route, could buying one of these help http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bipra-SATA-Adapter-Power-Drive/dp/B001A5SK56/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
    or should i not waste my money as the other drive works with the faulty drives usb and power adapter thanks for looking.
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I actually use a PC DOS-based program called Spinrite as a maintenance and data recovery utility on all my HDD's. You have to have an IBM-PC in order to use it though. You take the HDD out of the enclosure and connect it to the IBM-PC and run the program. Below is my old MBP HDD in a Dell PC with Spinrite working on it.

    Independent review of Spinrite (not me)



  3. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
  4. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    In many cases, a cheap (temporary) and empty USB 2.0/3.0 enclosure with an external power supply helps. In many cases the original enclosure or power supply is defective, not the HDD/SSD.
  5. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    As long as it isn't one of the external drives that uses a 2 disk volume, this is correct. Firewire bridges burn out all the time. There's a cheesy joke there, but I'm tired today.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Get a USB3/SATA docking station:
    (Many items shown, they all work the same, just pick one you like that's cheap and available in the UK)

    Take the problem drive out of the WD enclosure, put it into the dock, connect to the Mac.

    What happens next?
    Does the drive spin up?
    Does it mount, or give an error?
    If it gives an error, what does it say?

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