I am the current owner of a Western Digital Portable HDD - Blue - 320 GB (Advertised).
Recently, I have discovered I had bad sectors (Which were remapped I guess)… How is something I don’t know because I have already had it replaced and have taken good care of it.
Well, I right-clicked in My Computer on the drive and ran Windows Error Checking on it. It took over a day and finally came up with a failure message. During the test, the drive made funky (yes, funky) noises and now is inaccessible. (It will NOT spin up, or show up as a drive in XP [but it does go into sleep mode o.0])
I do not have my files backed up, and this is so because this IS my backup =.
I have access to WinXP, Ubuntu, Mac OSX, and Win7, and the bottom line is that I don’t know what to do… I bought it at Walmart (about $100) and also a replacement plan… but the thing is, I’m not sure if it is dead, and whether or not I can somehow recover my files without disassembly…
Help? (I’m sorry in advance if this has been posted in the past… I would just like to know what I should do)