HDD dead?

By Relic
May 5, 2009
  1. I believe my hard drive died :( . I have an old IDE WD hard drive 80gb, got it from a friend in 05 (not sure how long he had it before that). I primarily used it for backing up old stuff like personal photos and videos definitely not for everyday use.

    Earlier today I hooked it up to a IDE USB connector and turned it on to access some data and got a not so friendly - click beep click beep - type of sound. First thing that came to mind is "oh noes it died :(". My PC wouldn't recognize anything connected either and I don't really know where to go from here.

    Is there anything I can do on my end? Or am I screwed and it'll take a specialist and lots of $$$ to save any data? While most everything on there is of personal nature I really don't just wanna give it up. I really should of backed everything up on a new HDD but I just didn't get around to it :( . So weird too I still have 3 old drives from the late 90's (20-30gbs) which have been used way more and they still work nicely but have no data on them figured they'd go first.

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Try to actually mount and attach the drive internally. Connect it to the motherboard and feed it power from a PSU. Perhaps your "IDE USB connector" is the source of the issue.

    :) Just about any and all drives will fail. Only a matter of time, be it a week or two decades. You should get into the habit of backing your data up for sure.
  3. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,379   +16

    Works for my other IDE drives so I doubt it's that, but I will for sure mount it internally tomorrow and see what happens.

    And I really should've backed it up on another drive...but I'm one of those procrastinators...:dead:
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