I found this report but it is quite a bit over my head and I don't have a linux system. http://www.tristanscott.co.uk/articles.php?artno=11
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The status led went from blue to orange , then off.
It no longer spins up or is visible to pc or router.
I have tried a substitute power supply but no cigar!
The drive has 100gb of data on it.
I have found a couple of bad reviews of this product (after buying it) with WD apparently saying you can NEVER recover the data?? I don't beleive it!
Can I buy a new wd1600 and swap the drives?
Is there software I can buy (or download) which will recover the data?
and the answer
I used software called Universal file system explorer. You will find them easy enough with google.
It will do a complete scan of the drive and then put your data into it's own folders....jpg,doc,xls etc etc.
It took a few hours but found everything.
Question is, how does it scan and take the data off if the drive won't spin up?