Of Western Digital Problems

We’ve been having a lot of enquiries about Western Digital hard drives lately – we asked hard drive experts Data Clinic to take a look.

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I have an old Western Digital external drive that sounds like it spins up, with a blinking light, but is not recognised by my Macbook. I don’t believe it was dropped but I lost the power supply to it when I was burgled so cannot be sure. I bought it in 2009/2010 and it lived a relatively pampered life until the burglary in 2011. It has a lot of sentimental files on it so I’m hoping they can be recovered.
How much do you estimate it would be to save my poor black brick?

I’m not sure is the hard drive type marked correctly. I have very big problem with my WD MyBook Live 3Tb. Few days ago it stopped connect with network (it works with router only as cloud). I took it out of the case and I tried to connect disc by sata/usb adapter, but it doesn’t work. Now when I trying to switch onthe disk I see the red light only (I checked in manual and it means:
– disk SMART failure
Data Volume does not exist
System Volume does not exist
System thermal shutdown
– Unsupported drive detected)
I understand my disc died, but I would like to find out is any chance to data recovery and what is the cost?

I have a QNAP RAID array comprising 5 HDDs (QNAP model and HDD spec unknown at this point as I am not with the NAS now). The red status light is flashing and one of the HDDs has no green light above it. Data is still accessible. I would like to replace the HDd and rebuild the RAID but am worried about losing data.

I am facing issues with my Toshiba Satellite L50B laptop, when turning it on, it requires to fill in a number of setting info including date, time, country of residence etc. I believe its a WD Western Digital dirve and after filling this info it restarts requiring again the same info. Is this something that you deal with, if yes what is the price and when can I pop in to your office?

Its a Integral V Series 240 GB SATA III Solid State Drive, 2.5 Inch drive, with Windows 10 OS. I’ve been running it fairly continuously for approx 5 months, with some restarts for OS updates, but with little downtime. I’ve never had any issues with the drive at all until the other day when I powered down the OS to move the computer. It failed to turn on afterwards, and the motherboard failed to detect the drive at all. I tried another drive on the same SATA data and power cables, which was detected successfully. I tried the other SATA data connections and another power cable and the Integral drive is still not detected.
I know you need to see the SSD before you can tell me anything specific, but can you give me a likely cost range so I can figure out if its worth me recovering the data to something like a Western Digital hard drive?

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HDD Problems

Here are some of the problems we’ve been looking at lately in the Risc Group’s data recovery lab.

  • Seagate Momentus 60GB. Tried HDD in several machines, hard drive is requesting to be formatted and cannot be read by windows.
  • WD MyBook Live HDDI have a problem with my external USB hard drive. When I connect to my computer, the external hard drive turns on, but the computer doesn’t recognise it. The problem started when the USB connector got stuck inside the external hard drive. I had to carefully remove it. Then, my cable was broken so I used a different one, but my computer wouldn’t recognise the external hard drive anymore. I think the external hard drive is still functional, but the USB port is damaged. The brand is SAMSUNG. I hope that’s enough information to understand the problem. Thanks for your help in advance.
  • My external hard drive has suffered mechanical failure. It turns on but is no longer recognised by my computer. I have tried new leads and other computers but to no avail. I was wondering if I could get a quote to recover my photographs from this hard drive. It comes up in device manager but not my computer. Is it possible to get a quote?
  • Dropped Western Digital External Hard Drive. Won’t open up on computer but info still says there is data on the disc so hopeful it can be recovered.
  • We have a Toshiba Hard drive. It was dropped and now we can’t access the data. Could you tell me if it might be retrievable, a potential cost and details of what i need to do next.
  • I have a WD My Book Live 1TB network drive that doesn’t seem to boot up (seems bricked). I would to recover the files of it. I tried connecting to the SATA drive contained within it to a SATA dock that i have however that couldn’t read that files. What is the cost to fix the drive? Reading online it seems its a common issue with WD NAS drives.

All these listed hdd problems have one thing in common. The hard drives require the attentions of Risc Group’s data recovery team to rescue the files from the hard drives. The hdd’s with mechanical failure are the most serious and will require clean room, others will be more straightforward to recover.

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