Now on to the problem.
I have a Dell laptop with a 30g hd, running windows xp. I recently bought a 120gb Western Digital WDXMS1200TN external hard drive to allow me to take some of the burden off of the relatively small internal hd. Unfortunately, I had this drive for about five days before (apparent) disaster struck.
I have been using a powered USB hub to run this drive, as it requires more than my usb can deliver. Today when I plugged it in to continue transferring files, I heard that horrible clicking noise. The drive won't come up on my computer at all now, and I'm fearing that it is a sign of something very, very bad.
All of the things I have read and heard about this tell me that it's the end of the line for this drive. But I'm wondering if there could be anything else going on, since it worked for five days after purchase and then suddenly decided to die (which, wonderfully, was just long enough for me to transfer things to the drive and delete some on my internal hd to see how much space I could potentially save).
I have not moved it since I installed it; it's been on my desk the entire time.
I know that data recovery services are beyond ludicrous for the average user, but I've now lost the last 4 years of photographs, research papers, data, etc. It's not good. And I know I should have backed it all up. But the idea was to back up to this drive temporarily, making hard CD copies too. I just happened to transfer to this drive and then delete, just out of curiosity. And in that window this p.o.s. drive has died.
Any ideas on how to get a little of this back? Is it possible?
Any help, advice, anything would be appreciated.