External HDD to SATA fail

Hello guys. 

So this is what happened: 

I had a new external HDD WD My Book Essential USB 3.0 (2TB) 6 month ago. All was good until two days ago. I rebooted my computer and I won’t boot up. After disconnecting WD HDD it work perfectly  But after I turned my PC off, and tried to turn it on, again it won’t boot up with the HDD connected  AND some weird ticking noise started in HDD itself. I sounds like it’s trying to boot but failing and trying again. So I disconnected, boot up the system and then plugged it in. Nothing… Not in explorer, not in disk management  not in Acronis program, nothing… I rebooted and it showed and Local Disk R, but I can’t even start disk management  or open it with explorer, or even open any program to be able to see/fix it. In the end, HDD wasn’t even turning on. 

So the next day I called tech support of WD. They told me standard stuff, like "Disconnect, Reconnect  Try another port,…etc ". Nothing. By warranty they can replace it, BUT I don’t care about the drive itself, I need data. In this case they can’t help me. All they told me is to contact special company for that, and it’s gonna cost me up to 1000$. 

After that call, I noticed a burning smell from HDD. It was connected to power and USB. I disconnected  and I opened the case of my HDD. SATA HDD itself seams to be fine, but the connection board (with USB and power) burned. 

So, I connected directly via SATA to my PC. And that’s when the fun starts:

BIOS did not recognized it. I switched the SATA port. BIOS showed the model and everything but it gives me “Ultra DMA Mode-5 S.M.A.R.T Capable but Command Failed.”

Reboot… All good. In Windows… NOTHING. In different software… NOTHING. Reboot again: and again “Ultra DMA Mode-5 S.M.A.R.T Capable but Command Failed”. Reboot.  S.M.A.R.T. Command Failed… Reboot 5 times, all good. Started LiveBoot CD by Wondershare. It found my HDD and UNKNOWN. Was trying to recover data from it, program freeze. Reboot again. Was trying to fix mbr with Win 7 Boot Cd, nothing cuz it can’t see were to fix mbr. Reboot. Started HDAT2. Nothing. Reboot 10 times, and HDAT2 finally can see my HDD. Before I start any test I shows me read error from UNKNOWN DEVICE. Started “hdat2 most powerful test”. Nothing. No errors was found. O_o.

Also I try Read MBR with the same HDAT2. Everything 0/0/0/0.

So what else I can possibly try?? Oh yeah, when I connected my HDD via SATA, that “boot or not to boot” sound was still there. :frowning:

My PC:

Mainboard : Asus M4A785TD-V EVO

Chipset : AMD 785G

Processor : AMD Athlon II X4 620 @ 2600MHz

Physical Memory : 8GB DDR3-SDRAM

Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460

Hard Disk : Western Digital WD10EADS-00M2B0 ATA Device (1000GB) <-- this HDD is fine.



Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Network Card : Atheros Communications AR5212 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network Adapter

Operating System : Windows 7 Professional / Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

Thank you guys :wink:

While the drive is connected to the sata port on the PC try running a data recovery software

I’ve used TestDisk and Recuva in the past but there are many other options