Six years ago I bought a My passport 1TB HDD (which has built in password protection software). I ran all the tests (multiple times) that, “data life guard” and “WD drive utilities” had to offer and everything turned out fine.
After making sure everything is ok, I stored my data on it. Then, I kept it in a dry place, and without the possiblity of any mechanical damage. I also made sure that it was sealed properly from air moisture using cling film and plastic bags, well, I did the best I can back then.
The drive was only used in the beginning, during these tests, and while storing the data on it. So relatively it was kept in near “new” condition.
Recently, I connected the drive again to access the data. Now, the first time I connected it, I saw the drive in Computer, and the password prompting window comes out (everything is ok!). I enter the password, and then this clicking sound started to come out, plus indicator light keeps going on and off on the drive. At the same time, I can’t access the data. I disconnected the drive, plugged it back in for a second time, clicking starts immediately, and now, it doesn’t even appear in Computer!
This has been the situation since then. Everytime I connect it, nothing but the clicking sound, and USB connected sound comes from the computer but, nothing else. Sometimes, at first, it appeared as an unrecognized USB device but now, nothing at all. I tried moving the USB cable around to see if it’s properly connected, that’s when this horrifying beeping sound briefly came out of the drive. I never tried that again though!
I tried even giving it gentle hits (when it’s disconnected of course) on the side with my hands, perhaps the arms inside are stuck but, when connected again, it’s nothing but the same. Now, all I’m left with is the clicking sound and nothing on the computer side to show.
It’s worth mentioning that, when I touch the drive while connected, I can feel it spinning.
Perhaps the electric board became faulty from the long “slumber”. But, I’m not the expert here.
Update: When I keep it connected for a while, an empty CD drive icon appears in Computer, and in notifications area a USB device appears.
What do yu believe is the issue with my drive?