WD My Passport Essential SE not connecting

I bought a ‘WD My Passport Essential SE 2.5 Inch 1 TB USB 3.0 HDD’ on 29th August, 2011.

It worked flawlessly for about 8 months. Good speed, though the glossy body is not the one I wanted.

But about 4 months ago, this strange problem started occurring - Whenever I connected the HDD to the computer, the connecting sound would come and then immediately it would get disconnected. After doing this for about 4-5 times, Windows would show a message that I needed to format the drive to use it

I even tried formatting and installing Windows again but the problem still persists. I cannot afford to format it because it contains a lot of precious data.

I would really appreciate if you guys could provide some solution.

Specifications of my computer:

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8 GHz


320 GB HDD

Intel DG31PR Motherboard

If the hard drive is still recognized on the disk management window, you can try using a free data recovery program like recuva or testdisk. Check the link below for the steps on how to access the disk management.


Thanks for your reply man…

BUT, The problem is that the Hard Drive is recognized some times and some times it just gets disconnected.

That’s why I don’t know what to do and I cannot find any regular pattern with disconnecting…

And that Hard Drive has 750 GB worth of PRECIOUS DATA…

So, if you have any other solutions, I would be really glad to hear them…

Harsha Mohan