I did not drop it x)
I was writing data on it and all of a sudden the process failed and the drive dissappeared.I can’t see it on My Computer/Disk Management.
I took it out from enclosure(warranty was over anyways) and I plugged the drive directly to desktop motherboard via SATA cable and BIOS detected the drive but reported as 0 MB.
Then I booted into operating system but My Computer / Disk Management did not detect it.
Then I used a SATA-to-USB adapter so instead of directly connecting to motherboard’s SATA , I connected to USB port.This way My Computer does not see the drive BUT Disk Management console sees the drive as “Not Initialized”(capacity 0MB).It does see the correct drive model name which is WD20EARS-22MVWB0.
When I use the SATA-to-USB converter to plug the drive to computer, the drive spins for about 40 seconds then it stops ,only AFTER it stops I can see the drive in Disk Management (as non-initialized drive).The computer will not recognize the drive while it’s spinning.
So, after the drive stops spinning the drive appears in Disk Management.I right click on it and click “Initialize”.It asks me if I want to use MBR,I choose YES and click OK and it tells me “Data Error:Cyclic Redundancy Check”.I assume since the drive is not spinning the initialization can not be done.
I checked the PCB board and there is nothing fried(both sides) but someone suggested me that a firmware could be corrupted.Another thing I want to mention is that the drive produces clicking sounds before it stops spinning.
I also tried SpinRite program but the drive makes clicks and it stops and SpinRite can’t recognize the disk.I used a software TestDisk and it DOES see the disk but it failes to read it.
I tried using the drive in Linux and Windows XP mode with no luck.
I tried Kaspersky Rescue Disk with no luck.
I used another bootable software called PartedMagic and it does see the drive and correct model but only after the drive stops spinning ,so it’s like Windows 7.
I tried pretty much every software in Hirent’s Boot CD.
The strange thing is when I use enclosure kit and the original USB 3.0 cable, the Disk Management won’t see it but when I use SATA-to-USB adapter it does see it.
When I use SATA-to-USB adapter I do COMPLETELY bypass the enclosure so that is not the root of problem.
I’ve only written about 300GB data on it during its lifetime.This was suppose to be my backup drive but I had files on it that I don’t have anywahere else lol
Any ideas on how to recover data without paying $2000 to professionals ? That is how much will cost recovering 2TB drive I beleive.