I just make this post because I’ve had this problem, I saw many persons in the forum who had this issue and didnt find the solution. So I explain mine.
I always took care of 2To WD elements, never had a shock or anything.
But one day, the HDD crashed as I had been using it for several hours, watching a TV show.
I unplugged it, rebooted the PC and everything… but I always had this blinking light, and I didnt hear the disc spinning inside.
The laptop PC, the macbook, the PS3 didnt recognize my WD HDD, tried with different USB cables… but nothing.
Garantee gone 5 months ago, but doesnt matter, I’d like to have my datas back.
I opened the black box, and considered opening the HDD itself, which is risky… but first thing to do was to check if the HDD could actually work as internal in a central unit, which shouldnt happen if its broken
SO SOLUTION: Worked as an internal drive in a central unit (requires SATA cables to plug it though), and you can have access to your data. Only need to buy a new enclosure to make the drive external again.
Like its said in other topic, it’s a power issue that happenend in the first place in the external drive. NO NEED TO PUT YOU HDD IN THE FRIDGE