|Sounds like a failing hard drive to me. You may have to remove it from the case and plug it in directly to the sata connection and try recovering data, but if it is no longer being picked up in disk management recovery software likely will not work. Which is why you can try removing it from the case. Inside the case is a little board that converts the sata to a usb connection, IF the problem were that board, then perhaps a direct plug in will allow it to show up in disk management. Depending on the physical size of the external drive it is either a regular desktop hard drive inside or if it's small, a laptop hard drive inside. Since you have repaired it already, and it now makes noises it may be past the point of functionality, hopefully you can get your data. Free programs suchs as recuva or PC Files inspector work well, but you will have to get Windows to recognize the hard drive. Links below.|
To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!
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