For the past six months my small portable hard drive has had an issue where if the it wasn’t in just the right possession it wouldn’t work (with the blue light not coming on). Yesterday, even when the blue light comes on my laptop can no longer detect it. At two points I was able to adjust the position of the hard drive to temporarily gain access and begin transfering some files across to my laptop to back them up, but since then no matter what position the hard drive is in or how straight or curled the cable is I can no longer get it to appear on my computer.
I have so far:
* Rotated it through every USB port on my laptop
* Used another laptop
* swapped out the cable (which has had the effect of the blue power light staying on no matter what position the cable is in, but no change)
* Looked through Device Manager and disk mangement, with the hard drive not appearing at any point.
* Plugged it in and waited for 30 minutes.
* Restarted my laptop
When I listen to the hard drive it is making noise, if that helps.
Most of what I have on the hard drive I can replace, but it contains some of my course work from University and I’d like to keep a copy of it if it can be helped. Any help in fixing it without having to pay someone to take the data off it would be much appreciated.