My computer has a buggy WIFI driver and while I was transferring data to my NAS I received a BSOD. My NAS is fine but my 3TB WD My Book Essential (WDBACW0030HBK-01) became inoperable. Windows 7 stopped recognizing the USB connection (I tried reinstalling the USB dirvers but got “The device could not be installed correctly”), I tried it on another computer running Vista with the same result.
I popped out the drive and used a USB/eSata combo unit to confirm that the disk appears as 746GB unallocated space. I know better than re-initializing it so I’ve been searching for the appropiate file recovery software. Man, am I confused. So, I’m guessing I need a software that supports GPIT formatting, but then I find out that WD allocates it in larger(?) chunks, and yes, I think it has smartware.
I tried using the Data Lifeguard Diagnostics tool and I got excited as it recongnized the drvie as 3TB but it fails with a “Quick Test: Read Verify Sector Ext” error. NOTE: This test was done using the eSata adapter because the enclosure is not recognized.
Where do I go from here?