How Do I recover my data from a faulty External Hard Drive?

January 21, 2012 at 09:44:22
Specs: MyBook Essential, 3 TB
I bought a Western Digital MyBook Essentials external hard drive in October '11 for my Mac. I was able to back up all my data into it. But that was the only time it work. I had already deleted all my data from my Mac when I encountered the problem with the external hard hard. I tried contacting Western Digital and all they can tell me is that...I have a faulty hard drive and they do not provide technical support for data recovery nor will they reimburse me for the expense of having my data recovered.

Is there anything I can do to try recovering the data myself?

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January 21, 2012 at 09:51:46
The problem is that stupid mac format hfs+. You might try to replace the external enclosure. Then mount it in linux at least read only and see if testdisk or photorec can access it.

Katy Perry, I'd never treat you badly.

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January 21, 2012 at 10:21:21
You should always maintain at least two copies of any data you want to keep. Computers break.

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January 23, 2012 at 16:10:20
Disk Warrior for Mac has worked well for me in the past, but it is not free.

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