I have a WD 750gb Passport SE that has failed with what looks to be the common micro usb problem. The drive cannot be recognized at all when plugged in. I can hear the drive spin up, activity light work etc etc. I have tried all other means to connect it to multiple PC’s and OS’s, rescans, new cables, computer management, diskpart and some low level usb analysis tools but to no avail. Nothing can see the drive. The usb seems to be cactus but the drive ok? This gives me a glimour of hope in getting something back. Rather than rant on about what standard I think the product is and how portable is actually is without failing, I would like to know what steps I can do to get my data off and move on.
Does anyone know if there is a way to by pass the micro USB on these drives OR can I replace the existing PCB with one from a new drive? Can I do it without destroying the original drive? They are cheap here at the moment so sacrificing a new one would be of no issue to me to get my data back…
Has anyone successfully recovered a drive after the usb component has failed? Has anyone heard of successful recovery on one of these drives by recovery experts (and how much did it cost in total?)
Just noting that I have the new style of WD Passport Drive.
Thanks in advance.