In an attempt to remove the annoying software on a MyPassport Elite external USB drive, I downloaded the EssentialEliteFirmwareUpdaterv1.032_18.104.22.168 updater and ran it from my laptop computer. It ran successfully and appears to have updated the software on the external drive (I’m not sure how to verify that), but immediately after the required reboot, the internal drive in my laptop failed.
The internal drive has multiple SMART errors (303, 305 and 301) reported by the tests my HP Pavilion laptop runs at startup and will not boot.
Downloaded the Data Lifeguard Tools bootable CD image and booted from that; it reports no hard drives found.
I booted from a Knoppix DVD; it does not see the drive
I removed the internal HDD, installed it into an external USB enclosure, and plugged it into another PC; it does not show up.
Of course I do not have a current backup of that drive, since I wasn’t doing anything to it, or so I thought. Any ideas on resuscitating it?