Elements 1048 Connected But Inaccessible

Hello, I own a WD Elements 1048. I’ve been using it for almost 2 years and today I can’t access it anymore. I’ve checked the control panel and it says it’s connected. It’s also present in Devices and Printers

When I open disk management, I’m immediately asked to initialized the disk before the Local Disk Manager can access it.

Use the following partition style for the selected disks:
MBR (Master Boot Record)
[ ] GPT (GUI Partition Table)

When I click OK, I get an error that says “The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error”

And this is how the drive looks

Are there any ways of fixing it? I’ve tried my other 2 usb ports and with another laptop but I’ve no luck accessing my files.

Hi, welcome to the community,

It seems that the drive has failed. Did you drop the drive? Do you hear a sound coming from the drive? Have you tried a different computer? Have you tried a different USB cable?