I have a WD MyBook Essential 1,5To WDBAAF0015HBK.
Since yesterday the main power led is always on, even when the drive is not connected to anything - except power of course. Then when it’s connected to a PC with USB, the drive is not “starting” anymore : no rotation of the disk, like there’s no power, the led stays on and the PC (or my NAS, a Synology diskstation) does not detect the drive at all.
I opened the enclosure and put the hard disk in my PC directly in SATA. The HD was recognised by Windows XP and the drive was rotating, however in device manager the drive status is unknown and the partitioning of the disk not recognised, no drive letters are allocated to the drive by Windows. As such I cannot read the data on the disk.
Therefore I have some questions :
Is there a way to access to the data of the HD by connecting it directly in SATA to a PC, or is it mandatory to connect it using the Mybook USB-to-SATA internal circuitry (the “motherboard” of MyBook)? I read somewhere that all the data on a MyBook is crypted even if there’s no password defined…is that true?
Is my “motherboard” dead?
If the “motherboard” is dead and the HD cannot be read directly by a PC (if put as internal drive), can I buy a new MyBook, open it, replace the HD inside and have access to my data?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Excuse my english if it’s not understandable.