What's wrong with my external HDD?

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  1. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

    Patriks7

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    Hi. I've had a 500GB WD My Passport for about 2 months now. It was working perfectly, until last week when it didn't want to connect properly (ie I would connect it 10 times, and about 6 of the times it would work). Now, it doesn't seem to connect at all. I can feel the HDD vibrating inside, so it is getting power, but it's not showing at all. What's very weird is that it doesn't even show on Disk Utility. I'm completely lost as to what I should do. I need to either get it to work again or reformat it somehow, because I'm going on a trip next week and need the space on it.
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Sounds like a warranty issue to me. Send it back. Sound like the drive itself is OK but it's the SATA<=>USB bridge that i failing.

    The good news is the 1TB drives are selling for only $100 now. Buy one of those while the 500GB drive s being replaced. You can't have tow many backup drives.
     
  3. Patriks7 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Patriks7

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    Damn, that's what I was afraid of. But this is a 2.5" drive, so there are no 1TB ones (hence why I said I need it for a trip next week). Luckily I do have a second one, but it's "only" 250GB so I'll see how that'll go.
     
  4. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Send it back for replacement, especially if you're traveling soon. I have 3 of those drives and I didn't experience any of your issues.

    Citam dobre ze si z Blavy?
     
  5. Patriks7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm traveling this saturday, so there is no way I can get it back by then :\

    A ano, som z Blavy. Ale zijem vo Viedni.
     
  6. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    There are
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136477
     
  7. Patriks7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  8. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    Don't throw it out! Send it to me for proper "disposal". You wouldn't want to pollute our landfills with e-waste, would you?

    :)
     
  9. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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  10. Patriks7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ha, I would, but it's not working, so no point :p
     

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