But where are the backup copies? Externals fail more often than internals which means we can't go without backup.
I tripped over the power cord to my WD 500gb My Book external hard drive today. The power cord came out of the unit, and it fell over onto the carpet. I plugged it back in, and it makes a sort of grinding noise about 5 times before seemingly giving up. I plugged it into my Windows 7 computer once it was done, and it recognizes the drive as a USB disk, but not as the D:/ drive like it used to.
What might the problem be? Can I get it fixed? Are all of my music and important documents gone forever?
Thanks for your help!