This is my first time posting on this forum. I did a search first to see if I could find a solution to my answer but I couldn't so here goes. Hope someone is able to help me!
I have a WD5000D032 External HD which U have been using for almost 8yrs only to back up data. For 95% of the time it is unplugged completely and sat in a drawer.
I recently made the move from PC to Mac and have successfully used the HD with the Mac ( as well as my Xbox coincidentally) with no issues whatsoever.
A few days ago, I was backing up a large folder containing photos and videos. The Mac and HD were sat transferring files and I was not using either at the time when the Mac threw up an error to say file transfer had failed as the disk was not available.
On investigation, the HD was no longer recognised by the Mac. Ever since, I've not been able to get the MAc to recognise the HD. When plugged in, the HD lights up, I can hear it spool and it is visible in Disk Utility. However it doesn't seem to 'mount' and I am unable to 'verify' or 'repair' the disk as these options are greyed out.
I've tried different cables and different USB ports.
The Mac is a Macbook Pro running OSX 10.8.4.
After a lot of reading on the net, I concluded that it may be the 'common' USB failure in the OEM case so I went out and bought a SATA docking station today and tried that after removing the HD from it's original case but....I am getting the exact same results.
It is lighting up, spooling up and I can see it in Disk Utility but I can't mount the drive to see the data on it.
I am at a loss as to how I can get access to my data. This is my sole source of backups of everything!
Can anyone help???
Thanks in advance!