If you're not concerned about the warranty, pull the drive and attach it 'power only' to your PC. If it spins up...
1. You can jumper it and connect is as a secondary internal drive. This ensures the drive is OK before you go to option 2.
2. If the drive spins up, you could purchase and install the drive in another external USB HDD enclosure. No point in doing this if the HDD doesn't even spin up.
I recently purchased the MyBook 160gb hard drive about a month and a half ago. A week ago, it stopped turning on. The button doesn't work, and I've tried all different kinds of USB/power combos, but still no luck. The weird thing is the way the hard drive died: it stopped working, but I left it unplugged for a bit and plugged it back in and it started. It then died about ten minutes after that, so I'm assuming it is a power connection problem or a loose connection of some kind somewhere.
I've contacted WD and they've given up and just told me to get a new one (replaced by them of course). I really don't want to do this as the data that is saved on the hard drive would be a real pain to find again.
My idea is to void the warranty, break open the case, and plug the hard drive into a PC internally. But before I go breaking into my now defunct hard drive, I wanted to find out if this is even possible. Any advice?
Thanks in advance,