Disassemble the enclosure and remove the drive. See if it's the type that can plug directly into your PCs MB or be placed in another enclosure. If you're lucky, it's just the old enclosure circuitry that went bad. If the drive still isn't detected using other connection methods, your chances to recover the data yourself grow a bit slim. Try the above suggestion and post back.
I been using my WD Elements external drive (1Tb) since more than a year and never had any problem. I used it mainly to play videos on my xbox360 but today it suddenly stopped working so when I try plugging it n my computer it doesn?t show up n my computer. Many people have been telling be that its ?dead? so I don?t really care about the actual drive I am wondering if there is a way to recover the data easily? Also the bluelight on the drive still turns on and makes a sound for first few minutes of connecting it to the computer but after that it goes silent and ?Safely remove hardware? icon appears in the taskbar so my computer recognizes the drive but the icon in my computer folder never appears so I cannot access the drive. I have tried plugging in different computer and still no luck. I know I don?t have a faulty usb cable since I used that same cable to connect my printer and it works fine. I am able to see the drive in device manager but not in disk management. Btw my drive is out of warranty as well. I downloaded "PC Inspector File Recovery" and as u can see here:http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/955/54603928.jpg it detects my drive but as 2Tb which is incorrect as mine is 1TB also it was doing the same thing when i tried someones suggested solution on this cnet forum to download this utility: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download and follow their steps but when i started doing it my drive shows the size of 2199 GB as you can see here: http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/1125/2000k.jpg
Please help me