I have had my WD 1.5tb (WDBAAU0015HBK-NESN link
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The other day I was copying something off the drive and it dropped for the first time slowly from my coffee table, a 1.5 foot drop. The file transfer froze so I canceled it and took my drive out. Last night I tried plugging it in and on my second try it was recognized normally by my computer. It was running a little slow and i tried copying a file again and it froze in the middle. I closed everything from the drive and unplugged it.
I tried putting it back in and this where all the problems began. It wouldnt show up in My Computer. If I put my ear on the drive I can hear it spinning, grinding a little and making clanking noises. I can only hear the noises if I put my ear next to it even when I take it out of the enclosure. The drive continues to make regular whining noises and in a few minutes starts to slow down and I can hear it just stop. It does show up on Device Manager.
I have tried Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows from WD website. It sometimes recognizes the drive and sometimes does not. When it does it seems to only recognize around 300gb as the drive size which may be the size of data I have stored. I ran the tests and it failed in the first minute with too many bad sectors.
Whenever I have the external drive plugged in:
-Any other usb or external drive does not show up either.
-While turning on the computer it gets stuck at the windows logo.
I just tried Spinrite and it doesnt even recognize my External drive.
What can i do??? I just want a few stuff from the drive and the rest I could live with out worse comes to worse.