I have a WD Elements WDBAAU0010HBK external hard drive which is not recognized by my computer. It connects with an USB, but have separate power cord.
I can’t say for sure, but I’m not surprised if it’s 15 years old. At least 10. I also can’t say for sure how long it’s been, but it has not been working for at least the 5 past years. I’ve just been very slow to adress it, but want to fix it now as it’s full of pictures and personal files.
Note: Is there supposed to be a power light? I can’t remember this from when it used to work. But there’s certainly no light on it now.
It seems like this is a common problem. I’ve tried most of the solutions that typically pop up. For example, my disk does not show up in Disk Management as re-naming the drive seems to be a popular solution. But it’s not even there.
The only thing I can think of personally right now is to go to a store and see if they have spare cables and then check if those work.
I’m 100 % certain it’s not been physically damaged.
Thanks in advance!