I have a western digital 1 Tb my book home edition(about90%full) that was connected to my PC(running xp) through firewire. when cleaning up and moving some files around, it became really slow to bring up file details or even access the file. I tried powering it off then back on, which didn’t seem to help, as I started getting I/O errors when trying to access the drive. I also noticed that the power button on the back stopped responding and would automatically power on as soon as the power cable was plugged in regardless if and data cable was plugged in.
Now I don’t know why but I thought it may be a problem with the 1394 port and tried to use a usb 2.0 port, As soon as I powered it back on, the “found new hardware wizard” popped up, I did yes this time only, but in the end it failed installation, after which I noticed that the drive letter changed from My book O: to local disk K:.
no matter how I had it plugged in the drive letter was k: and inaccessible. I’ve tried running check disk, which did absolutely nothing. I looked under disk management, but couldn’t find disk K:, where disk K: should be it just says “disk 3, basic, online”. I’ve tried software’s like testdisk and getbackdata to see if I could recover anything, but even those weren’t able to access anything, between the two, one read that the drive was in fat32 while the other said it was in raw. But in both cases it stated that the drive was only 512Bytes large.
I just recently tried testing the drive with western digital lifeguard diagnostic and things continue to confuse me. after initially started lifeguard Drive K: showed up. I ran all the tests, but had to shutdown my computer(shutdown not related to anything) When I powered my computer on again, the Drive no longer showed up as drive K:. The only place the drive would show up is under the device managers disk drive as WD My book IEEE, disk management as “disk 3, basic, online” and when I run the lifeguard test. here is the smart data info from lifeguard
Is there anything I can do to get anything off the drive, everything looks fine aside from the re-allocated sector count. I’ve seen some people post on other boards that taking it out of the housing and connecting it directly to the Mother board could allow you potential access. is that possible. sorry for the long winded post, but I know having a lot of detail helps with problems like these