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by FCBROWN247 / October 11, 2013 1:06 AM PDT

1TB WD Elements micro usb External hard drive, about 3 years old, well used.

iMac Intel OSX, EXHD won't appear on desktop, was fine until a couple of days ago, micro usb socket seems a little loose.

- Won't mount to computer.
- asked to "initialize, ignore, eject" when plugged in
- shows in disk utility as hard drive only (factory name not name given)
- No sub volume listed, so can't run disk repair or verify, won't eject (i guess because it doesn't mount)

The hardrive light is on, the drive vibrates/ starts up as normal and dies down when i choose eject.

- New cable - SAME THING
- Different Mac x 2- SAME THING

I can't remember if I formatted it as Journeled/ Fat 32 etc... I think it was formatted for mac use only.

I haven't connected it to my PC yet as i'm worried it might format it.

I've read online you CAN'T take this model out of the casing and stick it in a HD dock because of parts soldered to it.

I'm going to run disk warrior and 3 , but don't expect it to help as I have no volume listed.

I have nearly 1GB of data I DESPERATELY need back, but have made my peace with it being gone at this point if need be.

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About the format worry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 11, 2013 1:10 AM PDT

It will only format it if you answer yes to that question.

There are many fine free tools in the CNET Storage forum sticky but if there is a hardware issue I take the drive out of the enclosure and put it in a new enclosure or directly into some desktop to CLONE the drive then try recovery on the CLONE.

I find this is a test if the client is serious about recovery. That is, is it worth getting a second 1TB drive to hold the clone to do the work on?

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PS. About your claim it can't be taken apart.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 11, 2013 1:18 AM PDT

So far, not one drive of the hundreds I've dealt with has been soldered on. All have a plug board to unplug from the raw drive. I can imagine a beginner to give up at their first attempt but the seasoned folk won't stop here.

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Here's a picture
by FCBROWN247 / October 11, 2013 1:28 AM PDT
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I didn't see the rest of the drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 11, 2013 2:09 AM PDT
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It's possible that they do have a special model but all this means is that backups are getting more important.

If you can't do recovery, cloning yourself, nod to

Sorry about all this but I'm not there to get the full details, look at the drive in person so let's hope it turns out for the best.

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