First off, to all, thank you in advance for your time in reviewing this. I am reaching out to the WD community following a series of problems I have had with a WD 2 TB MyBook Elite external harddrive. About three months ago I went to do a firmware update and the update failed, rendering the drive inaccessible. The firmware problem appears well chronicled in other threads here so I’ll rack on this no longer. I found that some WD owners with similar issues were removing the drive from the external casing and installing it on their systems as an internal drive and had success in getting to the data that way and transferring it onto a replacement drive. So I have attempted to do this as well.
For $30 the Best Buy Geek Squad removed the HD from the casing without damaging it, thus preserving the warranty on the drive itself. So, kudos to them. The computer I have attempted this on is an older computer, 2 Ghz, 512MB running XP Pro. Since the 2 TB drive is a SATA drive and my computer has IDE connectors, I bought a 2TB capable SATA to IDE converter, attached it to the drive, and attempted to install this 2 TB drive as an internal drive as a slave drive. The drive was recognized on the computer, both in the BIOS and by the Device Manager. However, the computer did not assign a drive letter to it and I later discovered this was because the disk had not been initialized on the PC. Since initializing was not the same as formatting and Windows did not warn of a data loss, I went ahead and initialized the drive. So, now I have an initialized drive but still no drive letter and more questions than answers at this point on proceeding forward.
Some resources are indicating that once you initialize the disk you cannot retrieve the data, other are saying you can, so I am uncertain what to believe at this point. On this disk is about 1.8TB of DVDs I had backed up, primarily VOB and IFO files, etc. I would be interested to hear back from people who have had this issue before and if they were successful in being able to recover the information from the disk. If so, what steps did you take and/or what programs did you utilize for recovery? If I had a spare $1000 I’d throw the harddrive to a recovery specialist to get the data back and transferred to a replacement drive. However, if I also had a spare $1000 I wouldn’t be running the same XP Pro, 2 Ghz system I’ve been using since 2003.
I have looked at one product called Recover My Files and wonder if anyone has had any success with this. Thank you again for taking the time to read and respond.