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Retrieving Data from External HD


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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 11:36 AM

I have two WD My Book Esstential external HDs and neither fire up when I hook them up.  They are both a few years old but one was hardly used.  I tried using different cables and power supplies.  Nothing.

 

  IF the hard drive itself is not damaged, is there a way to extract the data on those disks?  And if so, how? 

 

I haven't dismantled them but if I gained access to the actual HDs, can I tap into them and copy the contents?  I have a device (which I never used) for accessing 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives, a USB to SATA and IDE adaptor.  Would this work?  I found a video on YouTube that demonstrates how to get to the hard drive.

 

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 11:39 AM

Have you tried this?

 

http://lifehacker.com/5515337/save-a-failed-hard-drive-in-your-freezer-redux


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Posted 05 April 2015 - 12:28 PM

Not yet.  Thanks.



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Posted 05 April 2015 - 01:12 PM

Have you tried connecting the drives to another computer? Placing the drive[s] in a freezer is not likely to work. Dubious at best. Let's call that an old wives tale.


I never make the same mistake twice....I always make it 5 or 6 times just to be sure!


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Posted 05 April 2015 - 01:54 PM

Really. I have heard so many of my personal friends that have tried it. But honestly, I have never tried it.


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Posted 05 April 2015 - 03:05 PM

I've a couple friends that tried it. So have I once or twice in the past. I have yet to talk with anyone who met with any degree of success. I'm not saying that one should not try it, but only as a last resort. Just don't expect any miracles. I suggest he first hook to another computer. If the drives can be read,  then his computer is suspect.  


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 08:57 AM

I've watched a few videos on attaching the drive to another computer and I'm going to give it a try.  I'm wondering...if the drive itself is bad, are there still affordable ways to get the data?



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 09:23 AM

The best way to proceed would be the remove the enclosure of these external hard drives, and then plug them as internal hard drives in your computer (or another). From there, you should be able to access them. If they aren't detected in the BIOS or in Windows, then they are most likely dead. You cannot do anything to recover data on the hard drives if you can't access them. There's companies that specializes in data forensics, recover data from storage medias, no matter their condition but it's really expansive. One of these companies is DriveSavers if you want to look them up. If you can at least access the drives from your OS, you could try free data recovery software such as:
  • Recuva by Piriform;
  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard by EaseUS;
  • GetDataBackNTFS;
However none of them guarantee that they'll recover any data and since they are free, they have a recovery limit (between 1 and 10GB of data).

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 09:23 AM

The problem with the WD mybook drives is the USB bridge card is proprietary and encrypts the data to the drive. You can disassemble the case and try attaching the drive to another computer either internally or using a USB adapter. Hopefully the data is not encrypted but I am pretty sure it will be.

 

http://carltonbale.com/western-digital-mybook-drive-lock-encryption-failure-and-recovery/

 

http://community.wd.com/t5/External-Drives-for-PC/My-Book-encrypted-files/td-p/457534

 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-self-encrypting-drive-you-may-already-own/






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