External HD crashed, what next?
May 2, 2014 8:58 AM Subscribe
External HD crashed, what next? What do do before sending it to a recovery service?
posted by Salvatorparadise to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Powered it up and now the green light just blinks at a regular rate, about 1x per second and with a very faint click each time. Hard Drive is not recognized or seen by my PC. HD is a Western Digital 1600. It's 10 or 11 years old, I should have known better!
It had acted up a few times over the past several months. After turning it on it would blink like this and if I remember correctly would make the spinning sound a bunch of times. I would power off and back up and it would work right. Should have seen the signs.
No such luck this time around, just the blinking and faint click each time.
Anway, is there anything I should do before sending this to one of those expensive recovery services? There is a lot of important data on the drive. I see lots of home remedies online, but I would rather not make the problem worse!