I own a WD5000AAKS. Just a week ago or so the computer started working slower and slower. I searched for lost sectors with Windows, and it seemed to repair a few bunch of them. But next time I tried to turn on my computer, it does not woke up. I had to clear CMOS and reconfigure it, and doing so I found BIOS did not find any HDs. I took the HD out of the chasis, and plugged it in a external SATA-USB adapter. It did not work. Listening at the drive when I turn it on, I heard it turning, some ugly clicks, and a sound like if it would start to speed up, … two or three times the same sequence, until it stops turning.
Thinking it already dead, I searched the internet for ways to resurrect it, and found the “fridge” trick. I used it, and I was able to recover a nice bunch of GBs the last few days. At this very moment, it comes to life using this trick from time to time, and when it does, I recover some more files.
The question is … Does anybody have a diagnosis for this drive? Could it be repaired? I know the fridge trick is not much good for the health of electronic components, and I prefer stop doing it if theres a way to repair de drive.
Thanks in advance