|mmm OK... I was going to suggest you try the fridge trick - with a feint hope it may survive long enuff to enable you to recover data from it...|
For what it's worth:
Wrap drive in paper towel; enclose it fully. Place in a small plastic bag (sandwich bag is ideal); seal the bag. Place in the bottom of the fridge - NOT the freezer; for about an hour or so. Remove from fridge; open bag and let contents breath a while - 5mins or so. Then remove from bag and loosen paper towel to allow air to circulate - but ensure paper towel is still in contact with drive overall - say another 5-10mins at most.
Replace drive in whatever housing (or on this occasion - and preferably - use an adapter to connect to a usb port). Whichever connect to computer and see if it will survive long enuff to allow file recovery at least?
Normally this routine is useful for recovering drives that have in effect jammed (or stop after a short while), or are starting to make an range of unhealthy noises... Allows a few goes (in/out of fridge etc.) before it finally fails... Possibly it may help here; worth a try at least?
Six months is no joy to put it mildly.. and WD surely must replace it; or as you're not at all happy with them now (and who can blame you) arrange a refund?
The paper towel is to protect the drive from moisture condensation when removed from the fridge; and also to prevent condensation whilst in the fridge... Unwrapping it in stages is to allow air to circulate around it and any moisture to be trapped in the paper towel - not on/in the drive.
This fridge/cooling routine has been found to work surprising well in the past...
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