I have a WD desktop (mains powered) 1.5tb USB HD that I bought a few months ago. I don't use it much (maybe 30 accesses from new) and it is never moved from my desk. When not actually in use it is totally disconnected from power and other devices. Recently I tried to use it and it wouldn't power up - totally dead. The previous time it had worked perfectly, and as always I had been careful to dismount it correctly. I tried the external power supply in another similar drive I have and it worked just fine. I tried the proven power supply from that other external drive in the faulty one and nothing ... still dead. The drive is under warranty, but I have confidential material on it that I do not want anyone else to see, so I don't want to send it to WD (a waste of time anyway, from previous experience).
Not powering up it is of course not recognised by Windows.
Can any one suggest what may have gone wrong and what I can do about it?
I had a similar experience recently, no power, nothing. I removed hard drive to attach to PC, it was working fine. I then reassembled it and it worked. Go Figure.
Something to try if you want to delve deeper and if all else fails attach to main PC directly that way you can copy all files across.
This post started to bother me.-
How to get into the enclosure? I too have an external HD case of obscure origin and found no screws! I put it in there in the first place but how?
The answer in my 'case' is to look at the long side of the enclosure and see where the moulded fluting goes 'solid' into an oval shape close to one end of the case.
There is a similar moulding on the other long side.
Now simply squeeze these oval areas between finger and thumb and the whole cover will come away on one side of the box.
Yours may be entirely different!!
Incidentally this is backyard engineering, the HD is free to rattle around in the box.
Well so far I haven't found the slightest chink in the case, though clearly there has to be a seam somewhere. No screws, no rubber plugs, one label that I'm pretty sure doesn't have a screw underneath. I don't know why they make them this way, when clearly they're not 100% reliable and do need opening from time to time.