Ok, so i am getting the getdataback software and seeing what it says. if it can get my stuff back i am ok with the price.
I tried to do the linux thing. The puppy one didnt work so i called my dad who is an avid linux fan and he told me to try linux move so i did that and got the cd going but then it tells me there is no cd drive. obviously there is because that was what i was running it from...maybe you need 2? When i restarted my pc it now shows two drives...a dvd drive (D) and a CD drive (I) somehow another drive (I) was created...dont know what thats all about. I did finally get an error msg when i plugged in MyBook though. it said that i have no highspeed usb ports. I do, i have 6. well, they are 2.0
I bought another external hd and plugged that in. it showup just fine. the wd diagnostics software will now recognize the one thats going bonkers and i get a msg saying something about sectors.
sorry, i dont know how the other ppl do the screenshot thing.
anyway, i am not going to reformat anything. i guess i will try the get data back thing and see what it finds. if that doesnt work i guess i will have to pay to get the data off this thing. the funny thing is that i spent the last few days reading posts from several places and ppl have the exact same problem and they finally fix it but they dont say how!!! just Oh, never mind i found out what was wrong, thanks... AHH...sorry..getting off the topic here.
if anyone else has any ideas, any at all plz let me know. thank you all so much