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Old 01-04-2011, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default WD Elements 750Gb - fried.. new pcb, now wrong size

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I have a WD Elements SE 750Gb external hdd - one of the newer ones that has a micro-usb connector that is mounted on the pcb, not an adapter to a sata drive. I had it plugged in the other day when starting the PC - there was a clicking noise that sounded like a key stuck on the keyboard.

I powered off the PC, removed everything and restarted - all good.. except the drive wouldn't read. It would power on but was not recognised within windows 7 as having been attached to the system.

The data is important so I went out and bought another drive the same as the first and swapped out the pcb (in doing so I noticed the original drive had a burn mark through one of the chips). the new pcb has allowed the drive to be recognized but now has two problems:

1. drive cannot be initialized in drive manager - error: drive is marked read-only
2. drive size shows up as 2048Gb

I'm hopeful that it's just down to a different firmware on the pcb. If this is the case, is there a way I can backup the current firmware, replace it to access the data, the re-flash it back to the original for use with the current new drive?

or am I barking up the wrong tree? any help, pointers is appreciated.

thanks Simon
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Hit up a Ubuntu Boot-CD. See if Linux can read it, if so, back it up.
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thanks MindoverMaster. tried a Knoppix 6.2 CD but it's not even picking up the drive. Any thoughts on a particular flavour of Ubuntu?
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Any linux distro as of late should detect it. If not, your pcb could just be bad, not your drive.
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Thanks but no joy.

Might try picking up another unit as the one I grabbed had a manufacture date a few weeks before the bad one and the pcb might have been different.

If i have any joy with this I'll let the forum know.

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As it's an external drive, does anyone know where I might be able to match/translate a serial number against a manufacture date?
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