The drive sounds dead so it's beyond the norm and what we note at the top of this forum.
Next stop is drivesavers.com
But given how cheap drives are, why no backup?
I own a Lacie Rugged 250 gb 3.5 external hard drive. Pretty standard. It's always had issues with power. Often it would make a small ticking noise before finally firing up and spinning.
Last month it "stopped working". No more ticking and certainly no more powering on. It is detected by Windows as being a Lacie Hard Drive but does not appear in My Computer. In Drive Management it cannot be accessed due to the drive being "Not Ready".
I tried buying a power pack that meet the hard drives specs. Still not a peep. I've removed the hard drive from the original casing and placed it into a Digitus SATA to USB 2.0 External HDD enclosure. Still no whirring from the drive and the casing LED indicator stays Red.
I'm hesitant to move forward from here. I have no interest in preserving the hard drive and solely would like to remove my data and move on.
If the drive doesn't work in 2 Casings, 1 being brand new, my conclusion is the drive is the problem. Are there any steps I can take, risky or otherwise, to access my data (i.e. how do I get this stupid hard disk to spin!?)?
All thoughts are appreciated.