I recently bought one of these new
Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0
Desktop External Hard Drive
I have used it on two systems so far: Windows
7 and XP, and treated it like a porcelain doll,
and though I might have used it for a day or
two on end, I was always very careful to make
sure it did not overheat.
And yet, when just a few days after my moving
all my important files (on some stupid impulse
that is very out-of-character too; yes I know
well, backup!) it suddenly was no longer
detected by windows XP in the middle of being
used, I immediately thought the problem to be
a physical one. What with this model not
having a power switch or button of sorts, and
needing electrical supply besides the USB
We could no longer detect the disk on neither
XP nor Windows 7. Be it plugging the USB
first, or the power supply, nothing worked.
I had a repair shop try and carefully open the
lid (because, of course, the warranty does not
cover such problems of data loss) and place
the drive in another case, but it was no good. It
could not be detected on any of their
computers. Scratch the "it's probably physical
a thing" possibility.
I read an article online about PC inspector the
day they announced the bad news, and
begged them to it for me, which they did, but
apparently there really was no option for
finding a drive no longer detectable. And
though I was brokenhearted, I still tried my
disk on Windows 7 after it was returned to me
(pondering in my head on unachievable ways
to earn the thousands of dollars it would take
me to send this drive to a recovery lab, and on
the life-long debts that would probably result
from this rashness).
Now, here's the funny part.
Upon finally giving up and removing the USB
cable, Windows 7 tells me this: You need to
format the disk in drive G: before you can use
Do you want to format it? (Fat chance of that!
Willingly losing them forever! You kidding me?)
emcopy.jpg/ (see for yourselves)
In any case, I like to think and hope this is a
rather good sign, as far as recovering the files
is concerned. Please let me know what you
think, I am grateful for any suggestion at this
PS: I also read somewhere it might be
possible to recover some of the files I moved
by attempting a recovery program to retreive
them as deleted files (as moving is usually
copying then deleting files). The odds of that
are reduced each time I save something
entirely new to this hard drive, however. And
now being suddenly very aware of that I
hesitate to so much as install the software I
need to attempt this. Any clues on that too?
THANKS IN ADVANCE! God bless the
-Yes, I have posted this on another forum
hoping for more feedback.