I have a couple WD Blue Internal 1 TB Hard Drives. Last night it appeared to be working fine, but then this morning, I was unable to open office files. I was getting some weird IO error. I figured it was Windows related, so I rebooted the machine. After I rebooted, the hard drive did not show up in Windows Explorer, but I can see it under Disk Management. When I go into disk management it asks to do initialize the MBR, but I did not.
I have tried to analyze it with Easus Partition Manager, but it cannot find anything. My Acronis Backup had stopped backing up properly a long time ago. This drive has all my data, and I spent the last few months getting all my tax data together to finish my past due taxes. Hence, I have months of work to collect the data and then I need to redo a few tax years. Yes, I should have checked the back up. I know, so no need to remind me. I even had purchased a couple new external drives.
A couple weeks ago, this drive came loose while the computer was operating; however, the drive had been working fine the past two weeks. Hence, I am not sure if that is related or not.
How can I determine what level of hardware or software malfunciton this is.