My 1TB MyBook Elite (about 1.5 yrs old) seems to have died.
Symptoms as follows:
If I leave the drive plugged in and powered, booting my computer (WinXP SP3) hangs after the Windows splash screen. Unplugging or powering down the external hard drive allows the computer to continue booting.
Display on the MB just says “SMARTDRIVE” The capacity gauge, lock light, etc. are all missing.
After the computer is running, if I plug in the MB, it’ll sit there for a while and then eventually the F: drive (VCD) appears. However, my data partition (G: drive) is non-existent. If I run the Smartware application, it will hang.
A review of the system logs reveals various Delayed Write Failed and bad block messages.
The G: drive doesn’t show up in Windows Disk Manager.
I’ve swapped cables, plugged directly into the wall, etc. to no effect.
If I run TestDisk, it finds the C: drive, the DVD drive, and both the MyBook VCD and G: drive partitions and identifies the G: drive as a primary bootable partition. However, I can’t save the partition table even if I wanted to since rebooting with the external drive connected hangs.
I’ve yet to try and run HDDScan. In addition, I’m also considering whether or not I should try and update the firmware and smartware versions.
This looks mostly to me like a problem with the drive enclosure and not the drive itself.
I suspect that I’ll be unsuccessful regardless and that the drive is dead.