Does the WD5000BPVT has indicator lights? (photo attached)


I was wondering if the WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3 has got indicator lights.

This hard drive isn’t responding anymore, maybe the red dots/lights on the photo tell something about the problem?

Or are those these colors on every harddrive, broken or not?

(They made me think about a car battery, which also has such a indicator which tells wether it’s full, empty or dead)

Kind regards,

Florian Kwant

Hello FlorianK, welcome to the WD Community. There are no Red dots/lights that you could use to determine if the drive is faulty or not. If the hard drive is not responding I recommend you to try using another SATA cable or if possible another motherboard to connect it. If you feel that the hard drive is vibrating you can try running a DLG test.

How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows

If the problem continues and the drive is still not recognized, the hard drive would appear to be faulty and needs to be replaced. 

How to get an RMA, (Return Merchandise Authorization) or replace a defective product under warranty

Hello jubei04,

thank you for your response.

I’m the third person trying to retrieve the data from the disk. My pc recognizes the disk, but can’t acces it’s data.

Windows disk management states there is no MBR, but isn’t able to make one because of an I/O-error.

Cloning the disk via Miray HD clone didn’t do the trick and neither did Seagate’s File Recovery for Windows:

This last one inmediately reported read-errors, but tried to scan the disk anyway (I canceled the operation after 1.5 hours, at that moment the program had tried to read the first 48 MB of the disk) and didn’t find any data.

Because professional data recovery is way too expensive, my hope is now to buy another one of these drives and replace the circuit board

Do you think there is a chance that will do?

Hi FlorianK,

If your software isn’t able to read the drive then data recovery is probably going to be the best method, especially if you really need the data. It is not recommended to replace the circuit board on a drive as it can further damage the drive or make the data even harder to recover or possibly make it not recoverable at all.

Try file scavenger 4.3

Thank you both for taking the time to respond to my question.


I asked a data recovery lab from the Netherlands (where I live) what it would cost to send the drive to them, they told me it would be € 750 (about $850).

That’s more than I can affort, so I’m kind of searching for an DIY alternative. Even if it means there is a risk the data will be gone forever.

What do you think will give me the best chances of recovery, if a professional isn’t an option?

@David Sucesso:

Do you think that File Scavenger indeed will be able to acces the drive? I’m kind of scared using the drive again, because they tell me everywhere that the longer you try to use a faulty disk, the bigger the chance that the problem gets bigger.

(Does File Scavenger use a different method of reading the drive, than Windows/Miray/Seagate that reported read/write and I/O-errors?)

@FlorianK, replacing the PCB with a compatible one won’t damage the drive or your data. It just won’t work. That’s because each PCB stores unique, drive specific, “adaptive” information in flash memory (aka “ROM” or “BIOS”).

These adaptive data need to be transferred from patient to donor. The following PCB supplier includes such a transfer service in the price (US$50):

That said, the symptoms would suggest that there is an internal problem with the drive, not a PCB fault.

I would start by examining the SMART report with a tool such as CrystalDiskInfo:

Look for reallocated, pending, or uncorrectable sectors.

Next I would try to retrieve the drive’s firmware resources with SeDiv:

SeDiv WD Read ROM & Modules:

Depending on what we find, there may be a non-invasive DIY solution.

For more information, visit the HDD Oracle forum:

The Oracle is maintained by people who are dedicated to helping you recover your own data, free of charge, assuming it is possible. I truly hope they can recover your data.